The prototypical wide receiver almost every team in the National Football League (NFL) is looking for is one with speed, size, and body control. The ability to develop that type of player seems the thing that eludes most teams nowadays. If it was easy, every NFL team would have a Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Calvin Johnson, or Andre Johnson.
Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. provided his thoughts to ESPN about Brice Butler out of San Diego State University. He said, “Butler is an interesting prospect because he has the speed, size, and body control, to stretch the field at the NFL level. There are, of course, questions and concerns about his lack of production at the college level.”
Butler was born in Norcross, Georgia, and he attended Norcross High School. In 2007, as a senior, he had 1,186 yards receiving with 15 touchdowns. This earned him several honors including Super Prep All-American and Prep Star All-American. He committed to the University Of Southern California (USC) in 2008. He never made first string wide receiver, and his numbers were not that impressive. After earning his Bachelors Degree at USC, he transferred to San Diego State University in the hopes of earning the number one receiver spot.
Unfortunately, he played in a run first offense as one of two main receivers in 2012. In 13 games, he caught 24 passes for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not stellar eye-popping numbers by any means. This was the main reason he dropped to the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft (209th pick over-all). The Oakland Raiders are taking a chance on Butler based solely on his speed, size, and body control. The Raiders are hoping that Wide Receivers Coach Ted Gilmore can help to develop Butler into a star receiver for the team.
Butler is another player chosen by the Raiders who is very raw, but he has a lot of potential. In the month of May, Butler displayed his skills at Rookie Mini-Camp and the first set of Organized Team Activities (OTA’s). He has great hands, speed, and size. Again, his body control allows him to elevate himself for back of the end zone and sideline catches. Ultimately, he could be used the same way that Juron Criner was used in 2012, as an end zone or third down option.