Crezdon Butler


Crezdon Butler
Crezdon Butler
No. 22     Arizona Cardinals
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: May 26, 1987 (1987-05-26) (age 24)
Place of birth: Asheville, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
Debuted in 2010 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • None
Stats at NFL.com

Crezdon Butler (born May 26, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football at Clemson and was selected in the fifth round (164th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Early years

Butler was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and attended Asheville High School, where he led the Cougars to the 2005 divisional championship. Rated a four-star cornerback by recruiting services like Scout.com[1] and Rivals.com,[2] he chose to attend Clemson University over other schools such as the University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

College

As a true freshman, Butler received playing time as a cornerback in nickel and dime packages, recording three interceptions. He was named a starter in his sophomore year, and managed to record three picks. Butler became a standout in his junior year, producing 68 tackles (three for a loss) and four interceptions, including one key interception against Nebraska in the 2009 Gator Bowl. Butler chose to return to Clemson for his senior year and earn his degree in sociology, electing to wait one more year before declaring for the NFL draft. During the course of his senior season, the fear of turning the ball over caused opponents to throw his way just 14 times in the whole season, dropping his statistical output to only one interception and 8 passes defensed. Butler finished his collegiate career with 166 tackles, two sacks, and eleven interceptions.[3]

Professional career

Butler was originally projected to be a late first round selection before his senior year. After his statistically lacking season, opinions as a whole dropped negatively: some sources regarded Butler as an undrafted free agent target, while others rated him as a possible 5th round target.[4]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in 191 lb 4.43 s 1.54 s 2.50 s 4.23 s 7.08 s 39.5 in 10 ft 1 in 17 rep x
All values from NFL Combine [5]

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Butler with their fifth round selection, 164th overall, of the 2010 NFL Draft. Butler was regarded as a long and athletic cornerback with good ball skills, albeit with a weak statistical senior season. He was signed to a three-year rookie contract, and was named to the 53-man roster.[6]

Arizona Cardinals

On September 4, 2011, Butler was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals. He was placed on the injured reserve list on September 20.

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