Hakeem Butler Scouting Report

It’s Chase Hammes back with another wide receiver preview for this years upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. Next up is one of my favorite players in the whole class: Hakeem Butler.

Player Breakdown: Hakeem Butler is a 6’5 227 pound pass catcher from Iowa State. Butler had an impressive combine measuring in with the longest wingspan ever recorded at the combine (83 7/8), a 4.49 forty-yard dash, and a 36 inch vertical jump. Butler had 60 receptions for 1318 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Strengths:

  • Monster frame with long arms and sturdy frame
  • Great long speed down the field on vertical routes
  • Big strong athlete that dominated Big 12 opponents all year long
  • Absolute beast after the catch that consistently broke multiple tackles for big gains
  • Size mismatch helps him win 50-50 balls easily in the red zone
  • Versatile as he played in a “big slot” role at Iowa State playing beside current Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard
  • Very good body control in the air and shows strong hands at times
  • Excellent blocker who shows a lot of strength, power, and technique on the outside
  • Has a killer mentality that you want in a true number one receiver in the NFL
  • Very productive over the last two years playing with Allen Lazard at receiver and David Montgomery at running back.
  • Has one of the highest ceilings for a receiver prospect in the last few years other then Metcalf.

Weaknesses:

  • Although he showed strong hands at times, he was plagued by simple drops throughout the last two seasons. He had a ten percent drop rate throughout the last two seasons at Iowa State
  • Like many bigger receivers he isn’t great at changing directions and is a fairly stiff route runner
  • Lack of agility limits his route tree at the next level
  • Isn’t a technician yet with his routes and needs to get better at getting off the line with more then just using his god given ability
  • Wasn’t as productive with Allen Lazard as he was without him this past season

Summary: Hakeem Butler is my 21st ranked player in this years class and my number two wide receiver behind D.K. Metcalf. Butler was one of the most dominant players on offense in College Football this past year. He has freakish measurables, and his tape shows his ability to be special at the next level. He was one of the best receivers I’ve ever seen after the catch. I expect Hakeem Butler to be a pro bowl or maybe an all-pro caliber player in his first five years in the league.

Player Comparison: A.J. Green (Ceiling:)/ Roy Williams (Floor)

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