Drew Butler Signs with Pittsburgh Steelers as an Undrafted Free Agent

Jennifer Eakins@@themondaymommy Contributor IMay 1, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Drew Butler #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Boise State Broncos at Georgia Dome on September 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In his very successful career at Georgia, Drew Butler averaged 45.2 yards on 168 punts. He landed 60 of those punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He's a strong-legged punter who's very reliable. At the college level, he placed the ball as deep as guys in the NFL consistently.

Butler was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers and has everything it takes to make it as a punter in the NFL, including the bloodline. His father Kevin was a punter at Georgia in the 1980s and went on to play in the NFL for 13 seasons. The Butlers will become only the second father-son kicking duo to reach the NFL.

NFL.com sees Drew Butler's strengths and weaknesses and follows:


The reliable Butler is an athlete first, which helps him when catching the snap and getting it to his toe quickly; this is crucial for him at the next level to avoid blocks. Has a strong leg and really looks natural in his two-step kick motion. Looks comfortable getting the ball off.


Butler has struggled the few times he's had a ton of defenders in his face. Looks calm most of the time, but when faced with pressure, it remains to be seen if he can get the ball off as effectively. While he is an athlete with NFL-safety size, he didn't have to cover much in college, and he'll be tested early at the next level.

Butler could create some competition for the starting job at Steeler's training camp. Pittsburgh is a great place for him to get some solid special teams experience.