Re-grading the Commanders 2022 NFL Draft class after Year No. 1

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Percy Butler – Commanders S

  • Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns | Pick No. 113 overall

Much like the approach adopted by the Washington Commanders with their mid-to-late round selections, Percy Butler was treated as a development project that could become something more in the coming years. The gifted safety made a lasting impression on special teams throughout the campaign, but reps on the defensive rotation were limited until the team’s season finale.

Butler has the size and football acumen to play a bigger role next time around. He certainly looked the part against the Dallas Cowboys despite some positional issues, but this was down to a lack of experience rather than something that cannot be resolved long-term.

The former Louisiana star played just 15 percent of Washington’s defensive snaps in 2022. The Commanders relied heavily on Darrick Forrest and Kamren Curl to man the backend, which was a pretty decent tandem upon examining the full body of work.

In terms of what fans can expect from Butler during his sophomore campaign, a key rotational role is well within the player’s capabilities. His special teams’ prowess is also something that will be of use.

Draft Grade: B-

This was a solid value pick from the Commanders. The flashes were brief, but promising where Butler is concerned – something the defensive back should build upon in 2023.