Vernon Butler
No. 92     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth: Pike County, Mississippi
Career information
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2016–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     45
Sacks     2.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     1
Pass deflections     2

Vernon Butler Jr. (born June 14, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana Tech.

Early yearsEdit

Butler attended North Pike High School in Summit, Mississippi. He played football, basketball and ran track. As a senior, he had 121 tackles and 13 sacks. Butler committed to Louisiana Tech University to play college football.[1]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at Louisiana Tech in 2012, Butler had 21 tackles. As a sophomore in 2013, he had 43 tackles with one sack and as a junior in 2014, he had 54 tackles and a sack.[2] As a senior in 2015, Butler had 50 tackles with three sacks and was named first team All-Conference USA.[3][4][5]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3⅝ in 323 lb 5.33 s 1.87 s 3.07 s 4.76 s 7.82 s 29½ in 8 ft 8 in 26 rep

Butler was selected in the first round with the 30th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers, becoming the highest Louisiana Tech Bulldog selected since Troy Edwards in 1999.

On May 13, 2016, the Carolina Panthers signed Butler to a four-year, $8.39 million contract that includes $7.94 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.30 million.[8][9]

On May 2, 2019, the Panthers declined the fifth-year option on Butler's contract, making him a free agent in 2020.[10]


  1. "Louisiana Tech lands two from North Pike".
  2. "Tech’s Butler nearly unblockable during fall camp". August 19, 2015.
  3. "Butler wants to prove he's top-ranked DT prospect in NFL Draft". January 25, 2016.
  4. "La. Tech’s Butler has plenty to prove at Senior Bowl". January 25, 2016.
  5. "Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler lives up to billing at Senior Bowl practice".
  6. "Vernon Butler - DT - Louisiana Tech - 2016 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  7. "Vernon Butler - DT - Louisiana Tech - 2016 NFL Combine Results". NFL Combine Results. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  8. "DT Butler signs contract". May 13, 2016.
  9. " Vernon Butler contract".
  10. "Panthers pass on Vernon Butler's fifth-year option". May 2, 2019.

External linksEdit

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