NAME: Evan Butts
POSITION: Tight End
JERSEY: No. 46
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 250 lbs
Used in a variety of ways as blocker in his junior year, Butts put together the best season of his career. While he wasn’t often used in the passing game, Butts did haul in 32 receptions for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
Butts is a versatile blocker that has the ability to function flexed in the slot, out of the backfield or in-line and be effective. While he isn’t a dominant blocker, Butts is a technician that does well to take advantage of blocking angles and position his frame to fulfill his assignments. He is most successful when tasked with hitting blocks on the second level or on the perimeter in space. With that said, adding strength and becoming more committed to fitting his hands is important for him to show as a senior.
In the passing game, most of Butts opportunities came leaking into space and sitting between zones. Butts knows how to adjust and snap off his routes to find space to sit down in and showcases reliable hands. He is competitive after the catch to work for additional yards but isn’t the type of dynamic athlete that is going to rip off big gains or separate down the field.
Butts’ overall skill set is modest but he his versatility and baseline ability offers some appeal. If he is able to land a greater role in the passing game and take advantage, Butts has a chance to get an NFL opportunity.