Rankings
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Player Display Name: 
Jake Butt

Tight end
School: Michigan | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-5.5 / 246 | 40: 4.70 | 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 from a late-season knee injury. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed and runs solid routes. Follows the quarterback across the field, extends his hands to offer a target and consistently makes receptions away from his frame. Nicely makes the catch in stride, quickly turns upfield 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 defenders, displays hand-eye 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 have 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.