Raiders news: Matthew Butler showed his NFL ability at Shrine game
After a strong final season at Tennessee, defensive tackle Matthew Butler cemented his prospects as an NFL player during the week-long East-West Shrine Game practice in Las Vegas and the game at Allegiant Stadium in early February.
The Hometown Raiders, whose strength team coached the game, watched the game closely and watched Butler all week and spoke to him several times while he was in Las Vegas.
After an impressive performance in Las Vegas, Butler will now settle in the desert. The Raiders picked Butler in the fifth round of the draft.
Shrine Game executive director Eric Galko said he thought the Raiders made a wise decision in signing Butler.
“He was one of the most dominant defensive linemen all week in the Shrine game and we had several that ended up being drafted,” Galko told Silver and Black Pride. “He went from a late draft prospect to a solid top-five pick… I know the Raiders talked to him a lot and really liked what they saw.”
Galko said he got to know Butler, a Tennessee frontman, well during the Shrine playing process and was “extremely interested in the NFL.”
Galko said he thinks Butler will be able to thrive in Patrick Graham’s system because he can play in multiple positions, including defensive end and assisting inside both as a running shooter and as a pass thrower. Galko said Butler would “never embarrass himself” on the pitch and he boasted about his football IQ.
“Matthew’s future is bright,” Galko said.
Butler was one of my favorite picks in Las Vegas and this rating doesn’t change that.