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Denver Broncos Found: Scouting Rookie Fifth-Round TE Jake Butt

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel brought you the “Finding Broncos” scouting reports, but he wasn't able to scout every player the Broncos drafted. Now he's giving you a scouting report on Denver's rookies who weren't analyzed pre-draft. Here's Jake Butt.

Jake Butt | Tight End | Michigan Wolverines | 5th Round


There is no question about Jake Butt’s leadership. He is a leader of men and holds teammates accountable. With good size and great hands, Butt is a dangerous threat as a receiver. His hands are strong and reliable, and he can high point the ball, or go get it.

He has no fear on the field, especially when going over the middle and through traffic to make tough catches. Butt is one of the better tight ends at freeing himself from contact at the line of scrimmage. He is versatile enough to line up at multiple spots on offense.

In the redzone, Butt is a dangerous threat for opposing defenses and provides a reliable scoring option. He knows zone coverages and how to beat them. Butt is quick to find the weak spot in zone coverage and he can sink into it and sit.

He keeps fighting after the catch. Butt is an elite competitor at everything he does. High football IQ, with a hard work ethic and desire to constantly get better.


Butt is not the best blocker, despite his competitiveness in that department. He will need work to improve that aspect of his game.

Butt isn’t always quick off the line, and lumbers his routes early on. He is a limited athlete with limited speed. Butt is not going to outrun defenders.

He needs to sink his hips on breaks in his routes. Butt lacks good acceleration in his routes to get separation. Most of his separation in college came from play design. Butt can get grabby as a blocker, largely due to lack of technique.

How He Fits With The Denver Broncos

Butt isn’t going to wow fans with his athleticism, but he is a reliable pass-catcher who has shown promise as a blocker. While not the best blocker, Butt’s reliability as a receiver is reminiscent of Heath Miller who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Butt will catch the ball and pick up yards, keeping the chains moving. This is exactly what Denver needs for their young quarterbacks.

There is a lot of hope at Dove Valley that Butt will be ready to go for the regular season, and if he is, it could spell the end for Virgil Green. Denver really likes A.J. Derby and Butt was added for the depth.

This year it is all about the health for Butt. Will he be ready? Fans should hope he will be. Whenever he is ready, fans will be happy the Broncos managed to get Butt in the fifth round. 

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Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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