By Michael Spencer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The Broncos added tight end Jake Butt with the 145th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Butt was a star at Michigan as a three-year letterman, and was the 2016 John Mackey Award winner as the nation’s top tight end.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: Jake Butt #88 of the Michigan Wolverines looks on against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Butt started all 13 games at tight end during his senior season.
He was Michigan’s second-leading receiver with 46 catches and 546 yards, including four touchdowns, but tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl against Florida State.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Jake Butt #88 of the Michigan Wolverines runs after catching a pass during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
That injury will keep him from providing a spark right away, but clearly the Broncos see Butt as a low-risk, high-reward type of player.
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