Cleveland Browns 2017 NFL Draft Profile: Jake Butt
Blocking is the tight end’s best way to become a receiver. The ability to block allows the tight end to play on every down. It allows the tight end to “get lost” in the offensive line, lulling the defense into stop paying attention to them. When that happens, the tight end gets their opportunities for big plays. Gary Barnidge got a new contract with this style of play. It is smart. It is what makes tight ends dangerous in the NFL.
For Jake Butt to succeed in the NFL, he will need to block.
The Browns already have two receiving tight ends on the roster who could stand to improve their blocking. Randall Telfer is a good blocking tight end who could use some improvement in receiving. Jake Butt would add a third receiving tight end who needs to improve their blocking. His presence would probably knock Telfer out of a roster spot.
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The H-back position is already filled by Seth DeValve. Dan Vitale came in late last season to play the H-back position and played decently. Yet, the position could use an upgrade. Jake Butt would be an upgrade over Dan Vitale. But he would lose out in a position battle with DeValve provided DeValve decides blocking is important in 2017.
Jake Butt would be a good day-three pick. He is a project at the NFL level and will need to grow as a blocker and receiver.
Do the Browns have room for another project H-back or tight end?
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No. They don’t.