Prospect Profile Series: Hakeem Butler
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Prospect Profile Series: Hakeem Butler, WR
The Break Down:
Name: Hakeem Butler
School: Iowa State
Height: 6′ 6″
Weight: 225 lbs.
247Sports Composite Score (high school): 0.7891 — 2 Stars — 271 WR — 2292 Overall
Best Dominator Rating: 43.5%
Breakout Age: 21
Release / Route Running
Hakeem Butler is a tall and physical receiver. He typically will use brute strength to win at the line of scrimmage versus press. He falls back to a swim move if he isn’t able to get off the line right away. Every now and then he wins with a stab step, but there isn’t much variety in his move-set. I was hoping to see more in his route running ability. He wasn’t a tough cover unless he was running a deep pattern. Hakeem thrived on deep ball opportunities and more often than not he came down with a catch. Butler will need to continue to develop his foot speed when he gets to the next level. In the GIF below, Hakeem Butler is lined up in the slot and wins with a quick stab to the outside. This is a good view of his potential and positive highlight for him.
Hands / Contested Catch / Catch Radius / High Point / Body Control
Hakeem Butler’s hands are reliable enough to not make me worried. He seems to make the tough catches but drops some balls he should come down with. He doesn’t always catch with his hands and lets too many passes get to his body. However, Butler does a great job of taking advantage of his height and size by boxing defenders out at the catch point. I was surprised by Hakeem’s ability to move and torque his body in order to make a tough catch. At his height, it’s rare to see the athleticism he displays when attacking the football. With his height, length, and athleticism, his catch radius is through the roof. The GIFs below display Hakeem’s elite ability to adjust his body to make tough catches.
Physicality / Blocking
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand Hakeem Butler is a physical specimen. He is a freaky athlete for the wide receiver position. I love the way he plays with a chip on his shoulder. When he isn’t getting the ball, he comes off of the line like a bat out of hell ready to impose his will on smaller defensive backs. If he’s willing to do the small things, such as blocking, then that will help him find the field sooner in the NFL. He’s a willing blocker and is always trying to find someone to get a hat on. In the clip below, you can see the strength Hakeem plays with. He’s able to break three tackles on his way to a score.
Playmaking / YAC
Hakeem Butler is a YAC king. Per ExpandTheBoxscore.com‘s college database, Butler averaged an insane 22 yards per catch, which ranked him number one in the country. Hakeem is a tough tackle after he catches the ball, displayed by the GIF above and below. He has the speed and burst to pull away, but getting him to the ground is a tough ask for any defensive back. He has an elite big play ability.
Game Speed / Burst / Agility
The scores above are strictly based on what I see when watching Hakeem’s film. These scores have nothing to do with how he tests at the combine. I believe Hakeem’s agility, burst, and game speed is very good for his size. I was surprised in his ability to pull away from defenders in the open field, and the way he was able to beat the defense over the top. His lack of short area quickness definitely limits his route running ability, but he’s a very flexible athlete and I think he will continue to improve in this area as he matures. In the GIF below, you can see Butler’s ability to burst after making a defender miss and get the first down. This stood out to me and made me raise my eyebrows when watching his film.
Hakeem Butler is an absolute freak. He flashes big-play ability in every game he plays. He wears a chip on his shoulder that’s obvious when watching his tape. You often see him getting into scuffles or letting a defensive back have a little “extra” after a play. This is a result of Hakeem’s rough upbringing in the city of Baltimore.
Butler grew up without a father, making him the man of the house for his little sister and brother. After his mother passed away from Cancer when he was 14, he moved to Texas to live with his cousins, Aaron and Andrew Harrison (former Kentucky basketball players). He’s seen plenty of adversity in his life which should help him adjust to the change of scene of being in the NFL. I have no doubt Hakeem Butler will become a number one receiver for the team who takes him at the next level.
Dynasty Draft Projection (12 teams): 1.4-1.8
I don’t think Hakeem Butler will fall past the second round of the NFL Draft, especially after his impressive numbers at the NFL Combine. However, where a player gets drafted is the largest contributor to where a player gets taken in dynasty drafts. If a first or second round pick is used on Butler you can expect him to go near the top of the first round in dynasty drafts.