Even though the Carolina Panthers re-signed Kyle Love this week, it doesn't necessarily mean they won't be drafting a defensive tackle in the NFL Draft at the end of April. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Panthers will have defensive tackle Vernon Butler in for a pre-draft visit on Wednesday.
Butler was a two-year starter for Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at defensive tackle and over that stretch had 104 total tackles and 22.5 sacks. He showed excellent quickness and burst at the college level for a player his size, 6'4" and 323 pounds, as evident by his sack totals. Scout ranks Butler as the seventh best defensive tackle in this draft class but this is due in part to the talent at the position.
Even though he is listed as a defensive tackle, he showed a level of versatility at the college level playing the three and five-technique. As Dane Bugler wrote in his scouting report, "Butler lined up all over Louisiana Tech's multiple front, spending most of his time at three- and five-technique spots and moving inside to nose tackle in passing situations. He flashes on tape with the lower-body athleticism and upper-body power to stack blockers and make stops at or behind the line of scrimmage (23.5 tackles for loss as a starter)."
This type of versatility would be appealing to the Panthers because they could line him up at almost any position along the defensive line. They could put him at defensive end in run situations and create a dynamic pass rush in the middle of their defense with the combination of Butler and Kawann Short on passing downs.