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Deon Butler, future #1 receiver in Seattle.

I think sometimes a gift or ability is so subtle, it is often overlooked, or so rare it's hard to not want the flashy more visible abilities as comfort for the "Talent:" argument of your fanbase. It is even a rarer situation to have a shot at a player with rare gifts combined with the flashy ones.

I watched clips of Deon Butler  after we picked him on draft day. I was so amazed. Not for his flashy speed or quick 1st to 4th gear acceleration but because he reminded me of someone, Darrell Jackson. Deon Butler had the same natural burst on the snap that left him a step ahead of defensive backs. Darrell Jackson wasn't flashy and didn't have brilliant speed, but his burst off the snap got him open against some of the most talented corners in the league. I think Deon Butler's skill set leaves him with the chance to be a great receiver at the number one spot in that mold. (hold your drops comments)

Darrell Jackson only weighed 194 lbs for most of his career, so the idea that butler needs to be so much bigger to avoid jams is a worry for worry sake.  My case and point is the game against the Redskins in the playoffs in 2005. The Redskins wanted to run exclusive press coverage against the Seahawks receivers because they were playing a five man defensive line to stop the invincible run attack. Shawn Springs a big corner and superb athlete at the position could not keep up with Jackson's first move the entire game and only managed to jam him legitimately twice, most times his reactions only allowed him to get one hand on D-jack and then he was always in the trail position by nearly 2 and a half steps.

If you watched Jimmy Smith, Jerry Rice, Torry Holt. They all had this simple great burst off the snap.There are some other factors, but this burst at the snap means he's ahead of every db on most plays.  I know it seems too simple, but if Deon Butler can be taught to harness this gift he has a career catching 72-yard slants for touchdowns and chances to set Seahawks receiving records for years to come.

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