Steelers Meet With Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler At Combine

The Pittsburgh Steelers could very well wind up addressing their defensive line during the 2016 NFL Draft as they could certainly use some quality depth at both defensive end and nose tackle.

On Saturday, one draft hopeful, Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler, said during his interview with the media that the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of several team he’s interviewing with.

Butler, who measured in at 6035, 323-pounds, while in Indianapolis, registered 50 total tackles and 3 sacks last season at Louisiana Tech. He also had 15 hurries in 2015 to go along with 12 knockdowns and 33 run disruptions.

During his Saturday session with the media, Butler said he can play the 1, 3 or 5 technique positions along the defensive line.

Because of this year’s defensive line class being so deep in talent, Butler figures to be a mid-round selection. His measurables and tape indicate that he might be best suited to play inside in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.

2016 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler

  • Big White

    A QB hurry and knockdown per game is pretty darn impressive for a DT.

  • pittfan

    Nickel is the new base. Sign McClendon and use shade tree.
    Seems the depth is needed at DE pass rushing OLB

  • Melly

    Just heard an interview w/ him, Kirwan, and Jim Miller. He seems very confidant, humble, and respectful.

  • PittsburghSports

    He might be short of 6′ 4″ but 35″ arms help him make up for it. Pretty big hands too. Love his swim move. Not sure the Steelers take a player from La Tech in rd 1, but I don’t think his level of competition matters much. He can play. A little heavy at 323 lbs. If Steelers see him inside as a NT I’m less excited about the pick.

  • OIF3gunner

    You don’t think he can play the 5?

  • 58Steel

    I think he has the potential to play all along the line. With the depth of this DL draft class, there’s a chance Butler is there for our 2nd pick. I’d love him there.

  • OIF3gunner

    For some reason I really want Billings in the first!

  • 58Steel

    We’ll see how the DL rankings are affected after tomorrow’s drills. Billings should kill it on the bench press. I understand he’s powerful, but he’s short-6, with average arm length. As explosive as Billings has shown himself to be, probably not much more than a NT at this point. I don’t want to spend a 1st rounder on that.

  • 58Steel

    I’m interested to see Buckner tomorrow. Look at his measurables-6’7″, 34 3/8″ arms, 11 3/4″ HANDS. Wow! Hope the Ravens don’t grab him 🙁

  • Matt Manzo

    Completely agree! I don’t understand why we don’t use Mclendon to spell the DEs?

  • Big Joe

    Gonna be interesting to see where he ultimately falls, but a good number of evals have him in the latter half of the 1st rd.

  • falconsaftey43

    I think he’ll be a really good 3 tech passs rusher in the nickle in addition to a great base NT. Id be fine with him in the 1st. Think he could easily be in the nickle rotation.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I just do not see a mid round NT unless we do not plan to sign Mc back

  • The Notorious TOM

    Well we’re also assuming that we’re not bringing Cam Thomas back and depth is nice so…

  • PittsburghSports

    I do think he can play DE in the Nickel, but if the Steelers see him as a NT instead, like the article suggests he’s more of an inside guy, than I’m less excited about it, because I don’t want a NT. Rather just resign McLendon, let him play 30% of the snaps for 34 and goal line formations, and draft a pass rushing DE/DT like Heyward and Tuitt.

  • PittsburghSports

    I think he’s a 1st round prospect personally. I don’t think there’s any way he lasts to our 2nd rd pick at least. Like you, I think he can play all along the line too, but what do I really know. If the Steelers see him as more of a NT than I’m less excited about him.

  • pittfan

    Late in the season they started to and with good results. More with McClendon than big Dan, cam Thomas even saw snaps.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If he will be used as both a NT and DE then I can see it but I still feel that is too high for a back up.

  • The Notorious TOM

    He’d be used in sub-packages and rotationally to give some other guys a breather. I think a guy like that’s essential in this draft.