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Jake Butt | Tight End

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/11/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 237

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Broncos selected Michigan TE Jake Butt with the No. 145 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Butt (6’6/246) made 37 starts for Michigan, recording a career 138/1,646/11 (11.9 YPR) receiving line and earning the 2016 Mackey Award as college football’s top tight end. Unfortunately, Butt tore his right ACL and meniscus in 2014 and re-tore the ACL in December’s Orange Bowl. When healthy, Butt is a traditional in-line tight end with reliable hands and adequate blocking ability. He profiles similarly to the current NFL version of Zach Ertz. Butt may be forced to "redshirt" his rookie year, but he has a chance to develop into a lower-end starter capable of staying on the field all three downs. Sat, Apr 29, 2017 02:09:00 PM

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Michigan TE Jake Butt said that his "medicals checked out great."

"Obviously teams were asking about my knee and I felt confident about how I am rehabbing and coming back...Everything I can control, I know I maxed out," Butt said. In an interview on Sirius XM at the beginning of April, the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder said that his return date from the torn ACL he suffered in bowl action against Florida State is "still up in the air." He tagged July 10 as the earliest date he might be medically cleared to take part in football activities. Butt figures to be drafted on Day 2 (Friday).
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 04:23:00 PM

Michigan TE Jake Butt (knee) posted videos to Instagram depicting him lifting weights and running as he continues his rehab.

Butt is working his way back from the torn ACL he suffered in bowl action against Florida State. The 6-foot-6, 237-pounder remains a likely Day 2 pick (potentially even a second-round selection) despite that serious injury. Thus far, he has not suffered any setbacks in his rehab efforts, a good sign that he could be ready to begin participating in football activities later this summer.
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Michigan TE Jake Butt to Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay.

"Clay has been a reliable receiving option in the short-to-intermediate range and that is what Butt should be for years to come," writes the PFF analysis team. They do not view the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder as being as adept at run-blocking as Clay, noting that Butt's limitations on that front come "both at the line of scrimmage and as he moves up to the second level." During Friday's pro day, Butt met with the Raiders, Titans, Saints and Steelers. He continues to recover from the severe knee injury suffered against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, but he has indicated that he believes he will be able to begin taking part in football-related activities at some point in July.
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 06:52:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 03:44:00 PM

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."
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 02:54:00 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.
Fri, Mar 24, 2017 11:26:00 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.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 03:35:00 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.
Mon, Feb 27, 2017 01:10:00 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