2017 Buffalo Bills Draft Prospects: Tight End Jake Butt

Taking a look at some of the Buffalo Bills options for the NFL Draft, today we look at Michigan tight end Jake Butt.

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Sep 12, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt (88) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing our new daily series, we continue to take a look at players the Buffalo Bills may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Buffalo Bills could select during the draft process.

Moving on from the potential day three selection of quarterback Chad Kelly, today, we take a look at a player that could be selected by the Bills on day two of the draft. Needing depth and talent at the tight end position, the Buffalo Bills could pursue one-time first round value tight end Jake Butt.


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Background

Suffering a torn ACL in the Citrus Bowl loss to Florida State, Jake Butt has seen his stock fall in recent months. At one time, he was even seen as a potential first round draft choice. Now though, he looks to be someone that will be selected in either the end of day two or the earlier part of day three.

Named the Big Ten Tight End of the year during both his junior and senior seasons, Butt is a proven all around tight end. Had he not suffered the ACL tear, it is highly unlikely in my mind that he would have fallen outside the top two rounds of this year’s NFL Draft.

Strengths

Has the size required to play as a big tight end at the NFL level. Loves to play in the passing game and will almost always come up big in passing situations. Hands are like football magnets as they snatch and secure the ball at the catch point. Great in the middle of the field and he also possesses the known ability to protect himself in the passing game.

Has moves needed to get off the line of scrimmage and is also able to create separation at the top of his routes. Plays extremely well in zone coverage. Play style should help him perform well inside of the redzone. Competitive once he has the football and is willing to fight for the extra yards.

Weakness

Average athleticism for a playmaking player that he is. One speed runner that doesn’t possess that get-up-and-go speed. Is not going to be a vertical threat at the NFL level. Upright both into and out of his breaks. Very slight acceleration when coming out of his cuts. Separation is usually created because of the scheme.

Will not be able to break away from NFL linebackers. Limited overall catch radius. Grabs quite a bit in blocking schemes and also takes questionable routes when trying to make blocks upfield. Can have edge be set against him. Needs more overall commitment and practice as a blocker to be successful in the NFL.

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