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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Hakeem Butler


Positional ranking: #2

Big Board ranking: #14

 

Overview

Position: WR

College: Iowa State

Class: Junior (RS)

Age: 22

 

Measurables

Height: 6’5 3/8”

Weight: 227 lbs.

Arm length: 35 1/4″

Hand size: 10 3/4″

 

Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.48 sec.

Vertical jump: 36.0”

Broad jump: 128.0”

Bench press: 18 reps

3-cone drill: DNP

Short shuttle: DNP

 

Strengths

Downfield possession receiver with a huge frame. Has the speed to run past cornerbacks. Snatches the ball away from his body. Freakish catch radius of nearly 84 inches. Wins jump ball opportunities in traffic. Excellent body control and focus in the air. Good footwork on the boundary. Knows the intricacies of running deep routes. Smoothly gets in and out of breaks for his size. Strong enough to beat press coverage. Has experience working out of the slot. Tracks the ball well. Makes one-handed grabs look routine. Slippery in the open field. Transitions from receiver to runner. Uses a straight arm to break tackles.

 

Weaknesses

Drops are an issue at times. More deceptive than explosive as a route runner. Didn’t have a ton of production underneath.

 

NFL comparison

A.J. Green – While not the natural receiver that Green is, Hakeem Butler is slightly bigger, faster, and stronger with similar movement skills to be confident about as a route runner.

 

Conclusion

Overall, Hakeem Butler is a dominant downfield target that has the speed to get past defenders and the size to finish over them. Even in a deep draft class at the position, I think Butler is worth a pick in the middle of the first round.

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gingerbread man
gingerbread man
1 year ago

Nice. I think people are sleeping on Butler.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago

These guys are monsters!

RAAAAAIDERS
RAAAAAIDERS
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

Part of me wanted my Raiders to get both lol.

Tony
Tony
1 year ago

I remember you said Green as a comparison before. I think people are copying that I’ve seen it elsewhere.

Sean O.
Sean O.
1 year ago

YES someone that knows what they’re talking about. Butler is going to be elite.

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