NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jake Butt

Tight End #88
Senior 6’6” 250


  • Excellent athlete
  • Versatile, lined up all over the field for Michigan
  • Excellent catcher of the ball, whether he has to go up and get it or use his body and shield off defenders
  • Fearless when going over the middle
  • Great route runner, ability to stretch the seam., gets in and out of his cuts quickly
  • Great size, will cause linebackers and safeties trouble
  • Good college production
  • Four year player
  • Multi-award winner


  • Average blocker, shows a lot of effort but needs refining
  • Lack of overall strength
  • Multiple injuries

Butt decided that he would go back to Michigan for his senior year even though he was slated as a second round draft pick. Butt’s junior season was his best statistically recording 51 catches, 654 yards and 3TDs, many saw this and automatically thought that Butt would declare for the draft and maybe he should have. Butt’s Senior season didnt go as well recording less receptions, yards but adding one extra touchdown, adding to this Butt also got injured in the Orange Bowl against Florida State, and unfortunately for him it has been diagnosed as a torn ACL which will require surgery, adding insult to injury here Butt suffered a torn ACL back in his sophomore year during winter conditioning.

Injuries aside Butt is a solid tight end and is a matchup nightmare with his size and skill set. Butt has won multiple awards beginning in his freshman year when named him to their All-Big Ten Freshman team, the awards kept coming though and in his Junior year Butt was named All-Big ten tight end of the year and named to the All-Big ten first team, Butt also was named an All-american first team player by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports, and again if these awards were not enough. Butt scooped the top prize for a college tight end, winning the John Mackey award in his Senior season.

Due to the late injury that Butt sustained, the chances are we are not going to see much of Butt until the scouting combine where he is going to be under the microscope and having to compete against a good crop of tight ends that will probably include OJ Howard (Alabama), Jordan Leggett (Clemson) and Evan Engram (Ole Miss) will be a challenge.
If the knee checks out I can see Butt being the first TE off the board this probably wont be until the second round but if teams have concerns about his previous injuries then he may not come off the board until the fourth round.
Either way Butt is a playmaker at tight end and i can see him being drafted along side a rookie QB to be a safety blanket. Butt should have a good career and the comparison recently is Hunter Henry who had a great year filling in for Antonio Gates in San Diego.

Pro Comp: Hunter Henry

Draft Value: 2nd round

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