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Jake Butt | Tight End

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/11/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 237

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An NFL personnel executive compares Michigan senior TE Jake Butt to Jason Witten.
"Butt does remind me a little of Jason Witten coming out," the executive told analyst Daniel Jeremiah. At Tennessee, Witten was listed an inch shorter and 15 pounds heavier than the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Butt. Butt caught 51 passes for 654 yards last season. "I really like the comparison to Jason Witten," Jeremiah said. "Both guys are physical, instinctive and catch everything." Jeremiah has in the past compared Butt's receiving skills to Bengals TE Tyler Eifert. Sep 30 - 7:51 PM

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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter noted that Michigan senior TE Jake Butt "has great hands and the footwork to run every route."

Butt hauled in seven passes for 86 yards and a pair of scores in last Saturday's blowout of UCF. Reuter writes that "defenders couldn't match up with [his] combination of size and speed" in the contest. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has referred to the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder as "fit[ting] the bill of the modern tight end."
Sep 16 - 4:13 PM

Michigan senior TE Jake Butt "fits the bill of the modern tight end who can be used as a matchup threat with the length to overwhelm corners and enough speed to eliminate linebackers as coverage options," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"I thought Butt could have pushed his way into second-round consideration had he entered the 2016 draft, and his return gives the Michigan offense a pretty big weapon," Kiper wrote. "When he makes catches in space, he can turn it up and will run through tackles. While he's not a very good blocker, the effort is there. He's a weapon who is certain to be catching NFL passes next fall." Through two games, Butt has eight catches for 105 yards and three touchdowns.
Source: ESPN
Sep 13 - 10:07 PM

Michigan senior TE Jake Butt caught seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 51-14 win over UCF.

Butt's NFL projection is clear, especially in the red zone. He's a really nice target against corners, where he can use his size, and linebackers, where he can separate. Butt usually possesses reliable hands, however, he let a few targets go today.
Sep 10 - 4:47 PM

Some NFL scouts see Michigan senior TE Jake Butt "as a better version of Hunter Henry," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Butt is a throwback tight end who combines size with outstanding toughness over the middle as a big, reliable target," he wrote. "Butt has vice grips for hands and he fears no traffic in the middle of the field." The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Butt earned All-American honors in 2015 by hauling in 48 catches for 620 yards and three touchdowns.
Aug 14 - 12:47 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt's "combination of route acceleration and ballskills make him a dangerous threat down the seam," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Butt earned All-American honors in 2015, hauling in 48 catches for 620 yards and 3 touchdowns on the year. With Butt returning for his senior year, Brugler adds that Butt still has "room to improve his ability to sustain as a blocker."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 1 - 3:54 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt stated that he believes "there's room for improvement" in his game, according to's Nick Baumgardner.

"I can fine-tune my game and the NFL's a complicated thing, Butt told "I can come back a year and work on my blocking, get a little faster and a little stronger so that I can solidify myself in those top rounds." The 6-foot-6, 248-pound Butt relied on head coach Jim Harbaugh on helping him make his decision to return, rather than waiting to hear from the NFL draft advisory board. The All-American TE has had a phenomenal season for the Wolverines, hauling in 48 catches for 620 yards and 3 touchdowns on the year.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt announced he will return to school for the 2016 season rather than declare for the NFL.

Jim Harbaugh has done a great job keeping draft-eligible prospects around for another season. Butt joins cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive lineman Chris Wormley as returning talents. Butt could enter the 2016 season as the nation's top tight end, and Michigan will be one of the favorites.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:27:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt says he is 50-50 on his decision to enter the draft or return to school for the 2016 season.

"He said he wants to decide in the next week after talking to Harbaugh," ESPN's Dan Murphy writes. Butt is one of the better receiving tight ends in the country and has complete tight end potential. That is difficult to find.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:24:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-16 win over Penn State.

Jake Rudock was a big fan of his tight ends at Iowa and that predilection has carried over his new digs. Fortunately, his new team had a really, really good one. The 6-foot-6, 237-pound Butt is up to 43 catches for 566 yards and three touchdowns. Oh, and he can block too. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler argues that Butt is "in the mix as one of the top tight ends in CFB" and we'd agree.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught four passes for 102 yards in Saturday's 49-16 win over Rutgers.

Butt opened the season with 93 yards and a touchdown against Utah, but he was held to 45 or fewer receiving yards in his next seven games. In Saturday's victory over Rutgers, though, he finally cracked the 100-yard mark. The 6-foot-6, 237-pound junior's arguably Michigan's best receiving option, but being a great receiving option with Jake Rudock at quarterback is the equivalent of being an awesome car that happens to lack wheels, an engine and a hood ornament. Nice game on Saturday, nonetheless.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 10:16:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt is a fluid athlete for the position and an even better route runner," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes

"Butt has above average focus at the catch point to win in contested situations, attacking the ball and wanting it more than defenders," Brugler writes. The Michigan prospect has hauled in 22 receptions for 275 yards, with one touchdown on the season. Jake Ruddock's security blanket also showcases some run-after-catch ability, and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty when asked to block. Brugler believes Butt is "in the mix as one of the top tight ends in CFB."
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 02:37:00 PM

Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock has thrown to junior TE Jake Butt on nearly 20 percent of his throws.

Rudock is the definition of a game manager. He refuses -- or is incapable -- of throwing the ball downfield, so his reliance on Butt comes as no surprise. Butt has 19 catches for 234 yards and a score so far. "Expect that to continue on Saturday against Northwestern in what's likely to be a low-scoring game in which big plays of any kind will be highly valued," ESPN's Todd McShay wrote. "The Wildcats have shut down opposing tight ends this season, allowing just 5.93 yards per catch (fifth-best in the FBS). They will have a plan to stop Butt; it's just a matter of whether he can work his way open."
Source: ESPN
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 05:55:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught four balls for 61 yards in Saturday's 28-0 win over Maryland.

Jim Harbaugh would be named governor of Michigan if he decided to run. His Stanford-north program implementation is already in full effect, with the Wolverines allowing just 14 points total during their four-game winning streak after losing to undefeated Utah in the opener. Butt has 19 catches for 234 yards and a score. As we've mentioned, QB Jake Rudock is a risk-averse thrower who leans on tight ends, making the gifted Butt an attractive DFS option. Hopefully the touchdowns are right around the corner.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Michigan junior TE Jake Butt caught one pass for 41 yards in the school's 31-0 win over BYU.

It is rare for tight ends to get fed in college passing games, and this one is no different. Butt is one of the more talented players at the position at the college level, and he showed that skill on the long reception. He now has 15 catches and almost 200 yards on the season.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 03:33:00 PM