Arizona State UDFA thriving at Raiders camp, coach says

An underrated pick by the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason was former Arizona State linebacker Darien Butler. Now reunited with his post coach, Antonio Pierce, as he transitions into the NFL, the 2019 forced fumble leader is thriving with the Silver and the Black.

Butler made a huge impact during his time in college, specifically in the Pac-12. He led the conference in several categories at different times, whether it was forced fumbles, total tackles or interceptions.

As an undrafted rookie, he was going to have a hard time making the roster. Either way, Butler has been impressive in the Raiders’ camp so far. In fact, he had the opportunity to work with many starters due to injuries suffered by other linebackers. He’s certainly making the most of it, with Pierce singing his praises during a media interview recently.

“Even since he was 17 or 18 when we first worked together, he’s just a guy who’s matured and established himself as a linebacker and as a person. I think since you saw him as a Raider he learned to be a pro. We see it a lot with the veterans, obviously, with Jayon and DP. These guys recommend it and it’s nice to see. And then, obviously, once you see him on the football pitch, he’s a physical player, very intense, passionate about the game. (There’s been) a lot of growth for him since he’s been here .

Raiders Camp: Darien Butler’s growth will pay off for Vegas

The position of linebacker has been an abyss for nearly two decades. The Raiders either overlooked the position or scratched investing in it. Look at Rolando McClain. However, this was reversed recently. The addition of Denzel Perryman proved to be a game-changer for the Raiders. Butler’s grooming and grooming is another move that could pay off in the long run.

Butler showed in college an ability to read the run and then execute with his agility, speed and tackling ability. He has the physical traits to excel in passing and running situations. Playing behind Perryman and Jayon Brown will also allow him to develop patiently. The linebacking squad is definitely on the rise, with Butler waiting in the ranks.