- AProjectionRound 2
- YearRS Junior
- Hand10 ¾
- Arm35 ¼
Strong Points: Size, length, and large receiving radius. Improved every year. Has overcome a lot of adversity in his life. Graduated in December of 2018. Good route runner. Knows how to use his size effectively. Good athlete. Very strong hands -- snatches the ball. Good runner after the catch. Going to win most jump balls. Productive and competitive in traffic. Had a very good combine workout.
Weak Points: Not a burner and not real sudden. The route tree in the Iowa State scheme is limited -- Butler is an effective route runner but hasn't run a lot of different routes. Willing blocker but shows inconsistent effort there. Doesn't play to his timed speed (more like a 4.55 guy).
The Way We See It: Butler is an impressive young man who has overcome a lot at a young age. He lost his mom to cancer at age 12, then he had to move to another city to live with relatives. Only a 2-star recruit coming out of high school, he has made himself into a top NFL prospect after really coming on in 2018 with 60 receptions for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 22 yards per catch. With his height and length, Butler is open even when tightly covered. He is competitive in traffic and wins most contested throws. Though still raw as far as knowledge of an NFL route tree, Butler is an eager worker who will improve quickly. He won't be ready to start as a rookie, but he will be able to contribute and play more as the year goes on and should be a full-time starter by Year 2. He has a lot of upside and can become a very good possession receiver. Some teams may even use him as a "move" tight end in some formations. After Indy, Butler's arrow is pointing up.