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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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The Raiders, Titans, Saints and Steelers all met with Michigan TE Jake Butt prior to pro day on Friday.
Butt indicated during the week that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab of a severe knee injury suffered against Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Assuming no setbacks, the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder should be able to start ramping up football activities at some point in July. He is a probable Day 2 selection even with the injury concern. Mar 26 - 3:44 PM

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Michigan TE Jake Butt believes that collegiate athletes should be able to profit off of the use of their likeness.

"Why can I see 'I Like Jake Butt and I Cannot Lie,' I see those shirts and I'm living paycheck-to-paycheck in college. Who knows? Heaven forbid something happens in the NFL, can I really benefit off of it when it was at the most? No, I can't," Butt said during Michigan's pro day on Friday. His words hold just a little more weight, as he suffered major MCL and ACL injuries when the Wolverines took on Florida State in the Orange Bowl this past season. Said Butt, "I should be the example of why college athletes should be getting paid in college or why I can't use my name to benefit off my likeness in college."
Mar 26 - 2:54 PM

Michigan TE Jake Butt said he could be healthy enough to participate in football activities in mid-July.

Butt says he is ahead of schedule after suffering an MCL and ACL injury in late December. Obviously the prospect will use a bit of hyperbole in terms of health timelines, but it is fair to say that Butt would be viewed as the top tight end in many other draft classes.
Mar 24 - 11:26 AM

Michigan TE Jake Butt (knee) will not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine.

This was expected, as Butt is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl against Florida State at the end of the 2016 campaign. He will return to Indianapolis for medical rechecks later this spring. Despite the severe injury, he figures to land as a Day 2 pick unless those medical checks go awry.
Mar 3 - 3:35 PM

An AFC director of scouting indicated a belief that Michigan senior TE Jake Butt will improve as a blocker in the NFL.

"He's going to be a good pro. Everyone wants Kelce, Olsen or Gronk but those are elite players," he said. "Butt is dependable and will make first downs. They all get better as blockers once they get up here." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Butt to Zach Miller. "While he's shown ability to operate as an intermediate target as well, he might lack the athleticism and separation to uncover against NFL safeties and some linebackers in man coverage," Zierlein wrote. "Butt must improve greatly as a blocker to reach his potential as a Y tight end. However, his ability as a reliable, productive target should earn him an early starter's nod with a chance to become a solid pro." Butt's junior and senior seasons both ended with Big Ten Conference Tight End of the Year honors (51-654-3 in 2015; 46-546-4 in 2016). Butt is currently rehabbing after suffering a torn right ACL in the Citrus Bowl loss to Florida State.
Feb 27 - 1:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Michigan senior TE Jake Butt will require surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Brutal blow for Butt, who suffered the severe knee injury on a reception in the first half of Friday's Orange Bowl loss to Florida State. With the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder requiring surgery, he will be largely unable to take part in the draft process moving forward, at least outside of medical checks. Said medical checks are going to be critical for him as NFL teams determine whether or not they are willing to take the risk.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 08:17:00 PM

Michigan senior TE Jake Butt suffered an ACL or MCL injury in Friday's bowl game, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

It is horrible timing for Butt, who is widely viewed as one of the best prospects at his position in a loaded tight end class. For many collegiate tight ends, projection is needed to guess their inline skills. That is not the case with Butt, as he showed blocking and contested catch receiving ability over the last two years. This likely eliminates Butt from the pre-draft process.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:54:00 AM

Michigan senior TE Jake Butt suffered a leg injury in the first half of the Orange Bowl and will not return.

Butt's leg buckled awkwardly after he recorded a second-quarter catch. He stayed down and was surrounded by trainers, but was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power. The 6-foot-6, 237-pounder jogged into the locker room, but will not return to the game. Butt is one of the top draft-eligible tight ends in the 2017 pool and has drawn comps to Tyler Eifert and Jason Witten.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 11:06:00 PM

Michigan senior TE Jake Butt was named the winner of the John Mackey Award.

The John Mackey is awarded annually to the nation's best tight end. In a statement, Butt said, "One thing [C]oach Harbaugh says, 'A rising tide raises all ships.' So it's great to win this award. I want to thank the guys in this group; this is our award, really it's not a one-man award." The 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior finished his 2016 campaign having caught 43 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns. He has one more game left in his collegiate career (the Orange Bowl on December 30, against Florida State) and then it will be on to the NFL Draft. An NFC personnel executive comped him to Jason Witten in September.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 05:02:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 07:51:00 PM

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."
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 04:13:00 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
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 10:07:00 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.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 04:47:00 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.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 12:47:00 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
Fri, Jan 1, 2016 03:54:00 PM