'll be honest. I really want Butler to sign with us.
I'm not predicting stardom but I was prolly the earliest pimper of him. The RR knowledge of him is important. he has scheme familiarity and RR already knows precisely his skills and how to use him. I love the age and upside potential. Much like Keenan Lewis in that regard.
Let's use Shanle as an example of what I might expect. He was a 7th Rd roster filler doing nothin in STL & Dallas, He comes here and is a starter for a few years. Maybe not even average but he was a starter. Extrapolate Butler... 4th rd pick that was the most NFL ready out of the boys draft in '09. He's been solid every time he gets reps. But he was stuck behind 1st Rd Anthony Spencer. I'd go so far to say if it was the Saints camp Butler might have been named starter over Spencer in 2012. Not all teams go by "how they perform" over their draft position as strongly as the Saints. Spencer then happens to have his breakout year finally (a contract year coincidentally). I think Butler coming in and being a solid All pro performer would be no surprise at all.