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Panthers add DT Vernon Butler with the 30th pick

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With the 30th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers decided to go with an interior lineman. They drafted defensive tackle Vernon Butler.

Through their run in the playoff, their defense played great. Yet, in Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium against the Denver Broncos, one had to at least think that they would have went offensive line with this pick.

The Broncos defense, especially Von Miller, destroyed the Panthers line to get to Cam Newton.

Instead the former Louisiana Tech prospect joins a tackle rotation that includes starter Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei.

The 6-foot-4 is a ‘long-armed knee-bender who can play the role of (the) low man at the point of attack,’ according to the NFL Draft Scouting Report. It also says, ‘Plays with strong hands and good arm extension and can ‘peekaboo’ both gaps as he reads which hole the running back heads for.’

Butler was a two-year starter on the Bulldogs defensive line. He was first-team All-Conference USA.

He had 50 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries.

Butler is being compared to Muhammad Wilkerson, the New York Jets lineman. While he has an athletic build, according to the report, one of his weakness is ‘he’s a little bit too heavy.’

He also reportedly plays through an inconsistent base with his pad level gets too high trying to win through the gaps.

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