Pro Day Blog - Donald Butler
Donald Butler (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)
Donald Butler (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)
Special to Dawgman.com
Posted Mar 10, 2010


That last day (in Indianapolis), it was guys were on the field running. And I didn't do any of the running parts. But what I did do, I did some of the flexibility testing. Other than that, that's all I did on the last day, besides watching and cheering my guy Keenan Clayton from Oklahoma on, because I trained with him. I made sure he was stretched out and mentally ready to go.

And I just talked to other guys some more. Since I wasn't participating, they wanted to know how their technique looked. So I gave them pointers here and there. But like I said, it was just flexibility training for me and cheering those guys on.

In the end, unless you're a top-10 or top-15 pick, (draft stock) can go up and down. It's up in the air. Talking to my position coach, Mike Cox, he told me to not put all my eggs in one basket and keep working hard and get ready for my pro day. And then let the teams handle who they pick.

I just want to go out there and show what I can do. I'm confident in my abilities as a player and what I can do on the field. More than anything, I'm anxious to get Wednesday out of the way so I can move on to what's next. I know I have to take it one day at a time though, and Wednesday will be a fun day. I'm excited for it. It should be a good turnout. It's a chance to get back out there on the field with the seniors again. And that's definitely something I'll cherish. It's really just another chance to get after it and showcase what I can do on the field.

I'm expecting to see Daniel (Te'o-Nesheim) there. Darrion Jones, Ben Ossai, T.J. Poe, Josh Gage, Jason Wells, Paul Homer…I think E.J. (Savannah) will be there, but I don't know if he'll be doing anything. I'm not sure though. I don't have a reason to do the bench press again. I'm pretty happy with the number I got (at the NFL combine). I'm a 4.5 guy. If I don't run a 4.5, I'll be disappointed. I'll do the 3-cone. I'll probably do the 60-yard (shuttle) as well. I didn't do the vertical jump, so that's something I'll have to do as well. I'm hoping for high 30's.

After your pro day and after you run, teams might want you for personal workouts, so you have to stay in shape and get ready for that in case anyone wants to come up to Seattle and do a personal workout with you. Teams might fly you out to see their facilities, or they might come out here to take you out to dinner and get to know you more. The process never ends, and it's still a process up until April, when the draft is. And I still have to go back to Indianapolis and do a re-check on my ankle. I have to go back out there and make sure everything is good, which it is. I have to get that knocked out of the way.

I know some people told me they would be at my workout, and that's pretty normal. I did get a couple of calls asking if my pro day would be video-taped, because some of them couldn't make it. There's a lot of different pro days scheduled for tomorrow.



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