October 27, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs receiver Brice Butler (19) runs after a catch during the third quarter against the UNLV Rebels at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Rookie Review: Get to Know Brice Butler


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.

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  • rip*al/D

    Raider nation baby !!!! AFC champs !!!!

  • Joel Ortiz

    It’s time guys. I mean we have sooo much raw talent it’s unbelievable. And honestly I would rather see a guy like this or Criner for that matter step up than dhb who should have never been picked at his draft spot in the first place. I’m telling you this regime is so much better at spotting talent it gives me the most hope I have had in years. Dhb was picked for speed and combine numbers alone.. Ufa like streeter or late round picks like Moore , ford or butler are the REASON the raiders under RMAC turn the franchise and Raider nation around. So far I have heard we have the worst (32) coach according to NFL network and the worst starting qb (32) according to jaworskis qb board! Let’s just say it – we get no love.. I can’t wait to prove MOST WRONG!! I bleed super and black and will ride , live and die a RAIDER!!!!