Butler is good value pick for San Diego

April, 23, 2010
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The San Diego Chargers haven’t been busy the past two days, but they have been making their picks count.

Armed with one pick Friday -- after making a blockbuster trade to get new primary back Ryan Mathews Thursday night -- San Diego traded up from No. 91 to No. 79 to get Washington linebacker Donald Butler.

The Chargers gave up a sixth-round pick Saturday and a fourth-round pick next year to get Butler. San Diego jumped out in front of Denver, which had the No. 80 pick, to take Butler. Denver coach Josh McDaniels said Denver was not going to take Butler.

Butler is a versatile athlete who could help right away in the middle of San Diego’s 3-4 defenses. Expect him to get immediate time on special teams and for him to eventually develop into a starter.

The Chargers did not need much going into the draft, but the additions of Mathews and Butler are big for the team.

San Diego still needs help at nose tackle, but it may not come in this draft.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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