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UCONN CB Butler is McGahee’s cousin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2009 – 7:45 pm

UCONN CB Darius Butler, who is making a case to be a late first round pick after a 4.38 at his pro day, is Willis McGahee’s cousin. When we talked to him at the combine, Butler spoke about his relationship with the former Bills back.

“I would say once a week I talk to him,” said Butler. “I talked to him during the season. The conversation usually focuses on what I’m doing. He tells me to stay focused.”

Barely recruited out of high school, since his charter school didn’t have a football program until he was a junior, Butler had to go play at UCONN as he was not recruited by any of the Florida schools. After his pro day he’s considered a late first round pick.

He claimed at the combine that he felt Miami and Baltimore were expressing the most interest in him. However, he might just be saying that since playing pro ball in his backyard would be “a dream” as he put it and playing in Baltimore would put him on the same team as his cousin McGahee. They share the same agent in Rosenhaus. Miami is in the right range for him with the 25th pick.

And McGahee is not his only relative that played in the NFL. Gene Atkins who played for the  Dolphins and Saints in the 80’s and 90’s is his uncle.


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Corner numbers slow at combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2009 – 5:07 pm

With cornerbacks and safeties running today on the last day of the combine it was thought there would be some low 40 times, but either the track is slow or the first group of DBs are not having a good day.

One of the top corners Illinois’ Vontae Davis ran a 4.43, Notre Dame FS David Bruton ran a 4.42.  UCONN CB Darius Butler ran a 4.45 and Georgia’s Asher Allen ran a 4.47. 

Top rated safety Patrick Chung from Oregon ran a 4.47. Alabama FS Rashad Johnson ran a 4.54. Western Michigan’s Louis Delmas ran a 4.49.

Keith Ellison’s brother Kevin (USC SS) had a good showing on the bench press with 32 reps, but his best unofficial 40 time was 4.82.

The best unofficial time was run by Oregon State’s Brandon Hughes, who had a 4.36. I haven’t seen another sub 4.4 time thus far however.


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