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Player Display Name: 
Jake Butt

Tight end
School: Michigan | Conference: BIG 10
DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.63
Projected Round
3rd
Bio: 
Three-year starter named John Mackey Award winner as the nation’s best tight end during his senior season. Second Team All-American as both a junior and a senior. Tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl against Florida State, his final college game. Michigan record-holder for receptions (138) and yards (1,646) by a tight end.
Pos: 
Tremendous college tight end trying to rebound off a late knee injury. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed and a solid route runner. Follows the quarterback across the field, extends his hands offering a target and consistently makes the reception away from his frame. Nicely makes the reception in stride, quickly turns up field after the catch and does not go down without a fight. Easily adjusts to the errant throw, makes the difficult catch in a crowd and takes a pounding yet holds onto the ball. Uses his frame to shield away defenders, displays eye/hand coordination and fights to come away with the contested grab. Fundamentally sound blocker who plays with a nasty attitude and works blocks.
Neg: 
Not a true burner or real downfield threat. Coming off a serious knee injury and may not be ready for quite some time.
Analysis: 
Butt gave serious consideration to entering the 2016 draft which would’ve been his best option. Prior to the knee injury in January he displayed himself as a solid three down tight end with possibilities as a late first-round choice. Butt may be forced to be redshirted for most if not all of his rookie campaign but has starting potential should he regain prior form.