The 2019 NFL Draft will be an incredibly important few days for the Washington Redskins. With numerous positions in need of an upgrade, the team will have plenty of options as to which prospects they may want to select.
One group that deserves some focus is wide receiver, an area that the Redskins have lacked production from in years past. While this year's receiver class may not offer a sure-fire option at pick No. 15 for Washington, there may be one underrated prospect that could be a valuable second-round selection, according to Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL expert Josh Norris.
"I kind of feel like I'm on an island here with Hakeem Butler because he's not being projected by the NFL until Round 2," Norris said recently on the MyTeams app with NBC Sports Washington Redskins Insider JP Finlay. "But he would be a great value in that round."
Butler, the 6-foot-5, 227-pound receiver out of Iowa State, is someone that Norris believes could be a strong addition to teams in need of another pass catcher. During his junior season, Butler recorded 60 receptions for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns while demonstrating his ability to be productive while lining up in different spots.
"Play him on the left side, you play him on the right side, you play him on the left slot, you play him on the right slot. He was one of the most productive slot receivers in this entire class," Norris said. "Not only was he productive in the slot, he actually led this class in 20-plus yard catches and 20-plus yard catch receiving yards. So he offers you the big play."
That type of production and versatility is something that should pique the interest of the Redskins. With the departure of Jamison Crowder in the offseason, Washington will look to fill his void in the slot. Additionally, Butler's big-play potential could offer the Redskins a much-needed scoring threat.
Despite all the positives Butler seems to offer, there is one concern and it's something the Redskins have become all too familiar with in recent seasons.
"He had a lot of drops," Norris mentioned. "He had 12 drops last year and it was like a 16-percent drop rate, which is massive."
However, Norris believes that while that part of his game may need some work, it shouldn't hinder the overall evaluation of Butler.
So, if the Redskins do decide to take a waiver on a pass catcher next week, Butler could be a solid option that doesn't cost them their first round pick. If he is there on Day 2, expect the Burgundy and Gold to be in the mix.
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