Seahawks could land a red zone monster
Hakeem Butler, Iowa State. Butler is the prototype of the receiver the Seahawks have been trying to land for years. At 6’5″ and 227 pounds, he has the size to outmuscle defenders for the ball, and the strength to break through tackles after the catch. Butler made 60 catches in his junior season last year for the Cyclones, netting 1,318 yards and nine scores. You’ll note that’s an average of 22.0 yards per reception.
Butler ran the 40 in 4.48 seconds at the Combine and posted a vertical leap of 36 inches. He isn’t quite a physical freak like D.K. Metcalf, but he’s certainly fast enough and strong enough to torch secondaries, practically at will. So if he’s so great, you may wonder why would he still be available in the second round. Turns out there are a couple of sizable flaws in his game.
The most important technique he needs to improve is the primary skill of any receiver – catching the football. While he has several highlight-reel one-handed grabs to his credit, he has far too many drops mixed in. He has amazing physical tools, but the bottom line is, you have to catch the ball. This is the primary reason Butler appears all over the map in mock drafts, as you see below:
Sports Illustrated 77 Draft Tek 22 Draft Network 17 CBS Sports 52 Sporting News 47 Avg: 43.0