By: Steve Johnson
Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 11 games. 9 rec, 134 yards, 2 TDs
2017: 13 games. 41 rec, 697 yards, 7 TDs
History: Two-star recruit. Originally from Baltimore, but moved in with his aunt and uncle, after his mother died of cancer in 2012. Cousins are former Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison.
Strengths: Incredible length. Good long speed. Long strides eat up yards quickly. Dominate in contested catches. High points the ball very well. Understands leverage and how to box out. Very physical player with a hot motor. Power as a run blocker is evident (see block to open David Montgomery run 1st Quarter vs WVU). Understands how to use his body running routes, to provide a target for his QB.
Weaknesses: Agility is his biggest weakness. Tight hips and length, give him issues creating separation coming out of breaks. Might have trouble at the LOS vs some bigger press corners, due to lack of quick feet. Route running needs work. Lunges a lot in blocking, will get called more for that in the NFL.
Overview: Butler provides a huge target for his QB, and has good long speed. Still raw in terms of route running, he will likely need some time before he truly grasps an NFL offense. He immediately provides some threat in the red-zone given his body control, length, and ball skills.
Draft Projection: Late Day 2
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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