Butt wasn’t going to be a Top 10 pick like Fournette and McCaffrey, who also play different positions. That’s hard to compare the value of those two positions in college or in the NFL.
Butt wasn’t going to sit out anyway, and he told you that more than once. In fact, Butt probably would have tried to play through the knee injury if he could have. That’s the kind of throwback player he is.
“You can get injured walking down the sidewalk,” Butt said at Michigan Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA Pro Day on March 24. “I’m never sitting out of a football game.”
Butt was caught in a loaded tight end class. O.J. Howard, Evan Engram and David Njoku were firstround picks. There were six tight ends taken in the first three rounds, and Butt was the eighth tight end selected.
In all, 14 first-round picks this year went unnamed by the aforementioned too-early mock drafts. Western Michigan wideout Corey Davis got some late-round love in two of them … and ended up going fifth overall. Washington’s John Ross was never mentioned, then ran the fastest Combine 40 time ever officially recorded, and went ninth.
On the other hand, none other than Chad Kelly was guessed as the seventh pick overall by SB Nation, and second by CBS Sports. If Broncos president John Elway hadn’t done his old friend Jim Kelly, Chad’s uncle, a solid with the 253rd and final pick, Chad wouldn’t have been drafted at all.
Meanwhile, kudos to SI, who joined their fellow publications in trying to guess who would be that next quarterback prospect besides Watson and Kaaya. They were the only ones to go out on a limb for Patrick Mahomes, 16th in their mock and 10th in the real thing.
It sort of makes up for who they picked to go No. 1. Yes, they’re the ones who rolled the dice on Kaaya.