1. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Hakeem Butler started the season as a mid-round receiver, but after the production he saw in 2018, he’s been steadily moving up draft boards. On a Cyclones centered around the run game with virtually no passing attack, Butler still managed to snag 60 passes for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns.
Butler, much like draft classmate D.K. Metcalf, is a physical sight to behold at the receiver position. In fact, he aces all the physical traits. According to MockDraftable.com, Butler’s physical stats are elite in every possible way. Being in the 95th percentile or higher for all the physical aspects of the game is probably going to boost Butler’s stock into the first round.
Much like N’Keal Harry, Butler really needs to run well for his stock to truly skyrocket. He’s likely going to be a first round pick based on physical gifts alone, but quickness goes a long way in the NFL. If Butler has that quickness and at least a little bit of speed, he can be a No. 1 receiving threat in the pros. And, that’s exactly what the Browns need in this class.
It’s unlikely that the Browns are going to take a receiver with the No. 17 overall pick. They have bigger needs, especially defensive tackle and linebacker. But, a legitimate 6-foot-5 receiver with a massive wingspan and some quickness might force their hand on draft night. Hakeem Butler could be the top receiver in his class, and giving Baker Mayfield a No. 1 threat could be dangerous for the rest of the NFL.