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.
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.
Not a true burner or real downfield threat. Coming off a serious knee injury and may not be ready for quite some time.
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.