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April 23, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Butler waits out a few anxious moments, excited for chance with Chargers

Donald Butler was an understandably happy man when he took a few minutes Friday night to talk about his NFL Draft selection on the phone.
“I’m just looking forward to getting a chance to be a Charger,” he said after being taken in the third round by San Diego today.
Butler, however, had to wait out a few anxious moments the last couple of days after the Chargers traded away their second-round pick as part of the deal that allowed San Diego to draft Ryan Mathews in the first round.
Butler said he had met with San Diego a few times and “I think they were high on me.” But he thought the Chargers might be angling to take him in the second round until that pick was traded.
“That kind of kind scared me a little bit,” he said. But he said he talked to his agent who told him that such trades were part of the ebb-and-flow of the draft, and he then saw San Diego make a deal with the 49ers to trade up in the third round, a move designed to get Butler.
“I said ‘oh, okay, that’s what they are doing,”’ he said. “I was totally fine with that.”
Media reports out of San Diego indicate the Chargers drafted Butler to replace Tim Dobbins, who was also part of the Mathews deal. Dobbins played inside in San Diego’s 3-4 defense.
But Butler said the Chargers didn’t give him any specifics about his role.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’ll just kind of wait and see.”
Butler’s stock rose when he turned in some impressive workouts, notably bench pressing 225 pounds 35 times at the NFL Combine, the most of any linebacker. But Butler said he thinks it was also his play that won over scouts.
“I think the numbers help a little bit, but in the end, when they go back and look at the film, it’s what you did on the field that’s going to get you drafted,” he said.
The selection was the culmination of what was a sometimes rocky ride at UW that included battling injuries throughout the 0-12 2008 season. But he thrived last year under the new UW coaching regime and said “I never lost faith because I think players play, and they (the NFL) will find you regardless of what team you are on. If you are good, you are going to get found. It just matters what you do on the field. The NFL has all those scouts and they find that talent, and that’s what they did.”
Butler is a construction management major at UW but said he concentrated on preparing for the draft during the winter quarter, leaving him about 15 credits shy of his degree. He said he hopes to get the work done during off-seasons.
“This is a team that’s right on the brink of a championship and I’m excited to be a part of that,” he said.

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