Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks' decision to trade into the third round to draft Penn State receiver Deon Butler came shortly after other teams selected five receivers in a six-pick span.
Butler, 5-foot-10, is a smaller receiver with potential as a returner. He has been durable despite weighing 182 pounds. Butler enhanced his value this offseason by running well at the combine and upping his weight from the high 160s.
Butler looks like an NFL return prospect, but he does not have experience as a returner. He is the career receptions leader at Penn State. Seattle could use a speed receiver to scare defenses on the outside. Butler has the speed. We'll see if he can earn a spot in the rotation. Butler might project more as a slot receiver.
Seattle sent the 137th and 213th choices to the Giants, plus a 2010 third-round choice, to acquire the 91st overall choice, used for Butler.
"They showed a lot of interest in me, trading up, and I want to show them I'm worth it," Butler told reporters on a conference call a few minutes ago.
Ramses Barden, singled out by quite a few NFC West fans as a player to target in the middle rounds, came off the board at No. 85 to Philadelphia. Barden is a huge target at 6-6. Butler is a completely different type of receiver.