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Darien Butler

LB

#58

Experience: R

Height: 5-10

Age: 22

Weight: 221 lbs

College: Arizona State

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Biography

Overlooked coming out of high school due to his lack of height, Butler made a believer out of former NFL fullback Brandon Manumaleuna as he coached the young man at Narbonne High School in Los Angeles. He came in to start all 13 games as a true freshman in 2018, earning the team's Outstanding Linebacker award (70 tackles, eight for loss). Butler was named the first true sophomore team captain in ASU history in 2019 and led the team with 90 tackles (6.5 for loss) and three forced fumbles in 13 games (12 starts). He made 15 tackles in four games (three starts) in ASU's shortened 2020 campaign and then finally received All-Pac-12 recognition as a second-team selection in 2021 despite missing two late-season games due to injury (68 tackles, 8.5 for loss, with two sacks, a team-high three interceptions and three pass break-ups). Butler opted out of the team's bowl game to prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft. -- by Chad Reuter

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