Denver Broncos Select Michigan Tight End Jake Butt at Pick 145

The Broncos grabbed Jake Butt at the start of the fifth round.

With the first pick of the fifth round, the Denver Broncos have selected Michigan tight end Jake Butt.

Prior to a devastating ACL injury against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, Butt was seen as one of the best tight end prospects in a draft that is extremely deep at the position. 

Along with an endless mountain of Butt-related humor, the Broncos are getting a productive and hard-nosed tight end that anchored the passing game in Jim Harbaugh's offense. Butt is a complete player at the position, an asset in the run game as much as he is as a receiver. 

Last year, Butt caught 45 balls for 546 yards and four touchdowns

Obviously, the major concern is when he will be able to step on the field for the first time, but the Broncos already have solid options at the tight end position in A.J. Derby and Virgil Green, so the urgency for Butt to play right away isn't there. Even so, the word is that Butt may be ready sooner than people think, at least according to the Post's Nicki Jhabvala.

We may look back at this pick as the steal of the 2017 NFL Draft. If he can return to pre-ACL form, the twice All-American Butt has the ability and work ethic to become one of the best tight ends in the NFL, and a staple in the Broncos offense for years to come. Excellent pick.

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel had this to say about the Jake Butt pick. 

Butt was a top-3 tight end before the got hurt. He likely would've been gone early/mid second. Then the injury happens. He is a competitor through and through, and his competitiveness led to the injury. He needs work as a blocker, but he competes and wants to grow there. Butt competes every time he touches the ball and has really good hands, which Denver is missing from their tight ends. Inline, slot, out wide, in the backfield, Butt can line up wherever. He might not be the athlete some may want, but is a reliable, competitive leader at tight end.

Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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