A four-year starter, including the past two seasons in Jim Harbaugh's pro-style scheme, Butt was used all over the formation for the Wolverines and although he wasn't the centerpiece, he was Mr. Reliable as a blocker and receiver.
His recovery from a torn ACL was on track two weeks before the 2017 NFL Draft when he began running in a straight line.
A very savvy receiving option, he sets up defenders and makes himself available in his routes, showing the ability to track, adjust and finish over defenders at the catch point.
As a blocker, Butt isn't overpowering and has some hiccups in space, but he is steady in this area. While there is very little flash to his game, he is very well-rounded with all the tools to start as a rookie and earn a NFL paycheck for the next decade.
STRENGTHS: Solidly built for the position with a workable frame...excellent route runner, using timing, tempo and subtle body fakes off the line and in/out of his breaks...quick, controlled feet at the top of patterns...fluid pass-catcher for the position with natural adjustments on throws away from his body...nice job catching the ball in stride, not losing momentum on crossers or seam routes...very reliable ballskills with soft hands and focus to consistently win in contested situations, attacking and securing the ball ahead of defenders...core power and attitude to finish as a ballcarrier, driving his legs...uses his length well as a blocker to meet defenders with his hands...runs his feet at contact as a blocker to be an asset in the run game...voted a senior captain with the mature make-up needed to be a pro...productive four-year starter and holds the school tight end records for career receptions and receiving yards.
WEAKNESSES: Only average burst in his movements and won't separate in coverage on athleticism alone...doesn't have an explosive top gear to speed away from defenders after the catch...inconsistent anchor in pass protection vs. power. Struggles to sustain in space as a blocker and needs to better mirror with his lower body to avoid holding penalties...played on kickoff coverage in college, but lacks refinement in this role...steady production, but not a home run threat with only one career 100-yard receiving performance with a low catch-to-touchdown ratio. Coming back from a season-ending ACL injury and could be limited to start the 2017 NFL regular season.
NFL COMPARISON: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals -- Butt isn't on the same level athletically as Eifert, but he is close and flashes similar receiving skills to be a consistent chain-mover in the NFL and impact player in the red zone.
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