Butler lost his mother to cancer in 2012, then lived with his cousins in the Houston area -- Aaron and Andrew Harrison, who would become prized Kentucky basketball recruits. Butler was not a prized football recruit, pegged as a two-star prospect whose other scholarship offers were to Houston, New Mexico State and McNeese State.
He redshirted in 2015 and caught nine passes in 2016, showing few signs that he was about to have a breakout sophomore season. Playing opposite Iowa State star wideout Allen Lazard, Butler made a name for himself in 2017 with 41 catches for 697 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 67-yarder against Baylor in which he made a one-handed, over-the-shoulder grab and fought off two defenders to reach paydirt.
Butler averaged a stunning 22.0 yards on 60 catches last season, setting a school record with 1,318 receiving yards to go with nine touchdowns. He posted 10 catches of 50-plus yards in the past two seasons, and eight of his scores over that span covered at least 40 yards.
He's long and lean, and the 4.48 speed in the 40 makes him a matchup nightmare. He's a smooth glider who is comfortable adjusting to the ball, which further accentuates his physical advantages over smaller defensive backs, especially when working along the boundary.
He measured as the tallest receiver at the combine at 6-5 3/8 inches, to go along with a wingspan of 83 7/8 inches and hands that were 10 6/8 inches. While all that size is great, it's time to nitpick: He doesn't always put his humongous catch radius and big mitts to good use, as he has plenty of dropped passes on tape. He's not explosive in a short area, so he tends to round off his routes and have trouble getting off press coverage.
At 6-5 with sub-4.5 speed, he doesn't take a backseat to many when it comes to upside.
Projection: Third Round
--Field Level Media
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