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Ziegler, Raiders Ink Volunteer DL Butler

Dave Ziegler and the Las Vegas Raiders have signed their new defensive lineman, Matthew Butler from the Tennessee Volunteers.

HENDERSON, Nev. --The Las Vegas Raiders entered the 2022 NFL Draft led by new General Manager Dave Ziegler.  

Ziegler was on a mission for a specific type of defensive lineman.  One in particular that he liked hailed from Tennessee and his name was Matthew Butler. The Raiders loved his ability to make plays, his character, and his undeniable love for the game of football.

When it came time for the Silver and Black to pick at the 175th overall spot, they were all smiles to see the nearly 300 pounds of agile, hostile, and mobile talent sitting there, and they snagged him.

Per the Raiders:


Raiders Sign Fifth-Round Pick DT Matthew Butler

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Las Vegas Raiders have signed fifth-round draft pick DT Matthew Butler, the club announced Thursday.

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Butler, a 6-foot-4, 297-pound defensive tackle out of Tennessee, was selected with the 175th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

A five-year letterman for the Volunteers, Butler appeared in 53 career games with 26 starts, totaling 152 tackles (68 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. As a fifth-year senior in 2021, he played in all 13 games with 12 starts and posted career highs in tackles (47), tackles for loss (8.5), and sacks (five).

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Butler attended Garner Senior High School where he was rated as a four-star prospect. He was named to the 2016 North Carolina Associated Press All-State Class 4A Team.

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