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Iowa State Wide Receiver Hakeem Butler Declares for NFL Draft

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Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Hakeem Butler announced on Twitter he’s skipping his senior season and heading to the 2019 NFL Draft. Butler confirm the report by Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register with a tweet.

Butler’s news comes just hours after starting running back David Montgomery also announced his plans to forego the 2019 season in favor of the NFL Draft.

It was a record-setting season for Butler, who became just the fifth player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in a single season and set the school record for single-season receiving. His final numbers were 60 catches for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns.

Butler is considered a second or third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft and could end up as one of the most shocking success stories this spring. He was a prospect with no other Power 5 offers and was ranked the No. 271 wide receiver in the country coming out of high school.

It shouldn’t be a shocker considering he’s believed to be a Day Two pick and his stock could only rise as we get closer to the NFL Draft and other scouts and NFL general managers get another a better look at his potential. The last Cyclone to be drafted was linebacker Jeremiah George in 2014.

In his final game as a Cyclone, Butler smoked the Washington State Cougars for nine catches and 192 yards in their loss in the Alamo Bowl.

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