Arizona Cardinals: The Slide of Hakeem Butler Was Biggest Surprise Of The NFL Draft

The 2019 NFL Draft is in books. As usual with the annual event, some players slipped farther than their projections. However, Hakeem Butler might have been the biggest surprise, falling to the 4th round. The Arizona Cardinals will gladly take him, though.


Arizona has a gunslinger for a QB in Kyler Murray and an offensive minded coach with Kliff Kingsbury. Together, these two could turn the Cardinals into the NFL’s newest Greatest Show on Turf. When you throw in a WR like Butler to an already loaded receiving core, the sky truly is the limit.

It’s a bit unclear if Arizona was intending to take Butler at pick 103. They had just drafted Andy Isabella (WR out of UMass) with the 62nd pick. Just the thought of speedster, Isabella, and current top wideout, Christian Kirk, as the Cardinals wideout core of the future is scary enough. The value was too good to pass up. Kingsbury and staff needed to get Hakeem Butler at that point in the draft. He, indeed, has the ability to play right away.

Butler can push Larry Fitzgerald out of the WR rotation. We know Kirk has a spot locked up. You’d expect Isabella to be the number 3 option for Murray. Although, the ageless veteran (Fitzgerald), should be the team’s number 2 WR. Finally, this leaves Butler as the 4th option. However, with Fitz nearing the end of his storied career, Butler could take over that coveted second WR role.

It’s no issue for Butler to need to prove himself. The Iowa State alumnus was only a two-star recruit out of high school. He became an athletic freak of nature as a Cyclone. That same drive and determination show itself on the field.

During his junior year, the 6’5″ wideout averaged 22 yards per reception. While he does drop a lot of passes, the big play and out-of-this-world catching ability more than makeup for it. Thus, he’ll have no issue finding a prominent role with the Cardinals.

It’s unclear as to why Hakeem Butler fell so far in the NFL Draft. For the 31 other teams who passed on him, that’s their loss. The Arizona Cardinals got themselves a stud at the WR position. It just proves the old saying, “good things come to those who wait.”

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