Hakeem Butler

Iowa State
WR
WO07

Prospect Info

College
Iowa State
Hometown
Class
Baltimore, MD
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
227 lbs
35 1/4”
Hands
10 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.74
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.48
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
128.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Butler lost his mother to cancer early in his life, then moved to Texas to live with his cousins, who happened to be a couple of top basketball recruits in Kentucky -- twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison. He was not a major recruit at Travis High School, and his grades nearly cost him a shot at college football. However, Iowa State offered him a scholarship. Butler was a second-team All-Big 12 pick in 2018, finishing among the nation's top 10 in receiving yards (1,318) and yards reception (22.0) and leading the Cyclones with 60 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns in 13 starts. League coaches voted him honorable mention all-conference in 2017 for his big-play ability, as he averaged 17 yards per catch (41-697, seven TD) and started 7 of 13 games played. He played 11 games as a reserve his redshirt freshman season, making nine grabs for 134 yards (14.9) and two scores.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Danario Alexander
Overview
Big long-strider with exceptional length and good build-up speed to challenge cover corners and safeties down the field. Butler's unique play strength after the catch allows him to win contested deep balls and then plow through tackle attempts to create chunk plays and long touchdowns. His routes are basic and clunky and will limit how teams can use him. A greater concern will be those inconsistent hands that could turn quarterbacks against him unless he improves them. He's a work in progress, but the traits and potential are worth taking a shot.
Strengths
  • Size and length creates matchup problems
  • Long strider with impressive build-up speed
  • Climbs quickly on top of safeties from the slot
  • Uses frame to create space at the top of his routes
  • Size, length and leaping swing 50-50 balls in his favor
  • Adequate body control in the air
  • Extremely physical with the ball in his hands
  • Rag-dolls defensive backs after the catch
  • Eight touchdowns of 40-plus yards over last two years
  • Sudden toe taps near boundaries
  • Frame and strength to stick to blocks and spring his running back.
Weaknesses
  • Lacks short-area quickness to beat press
  • Gets wired to corners in early stages of the route
  • Route running is extremely telegraphed on levels 1 and 2
  • Rolls into breaks with excessive gather steps
  • Labored and heavy getting out of breaks
  • Drops on drops on drops
  • Body catcher suffers from concentration lapses
  • Catch radius doesn't guarantee he'll bring it in.
Sources Tell Us

"He can get better with his hands. He's interesting to me because you see him turn catches into touchdowns just with his strength to break tackles. He's a handful for one guy to bring down by himself." -- Wide receiver coach for AFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league