Butt actually comes as a value pick provided he comes back from his second torn ACL as the same reliable pass catcher he was for the Wolverines. He’ll need a year to recover and develop for the Broncos, but this should pay off for Denver down the line as a draftday steal. That’s when Butt will be properly compensated. It’s an unfortunate part of the business, and there’s no easy solution.
There’s no question Butt’s drop was related to the injury, but it likely made him a second day pick instead of a third day pick. Plus, it can happen at any time. Washington’s Sidney Jones could have been a firstround pick, but he suffered a torn Achilles tendon at the school’s Pro Day. This cost Butt money, however, and that also needs to be fixed on the college level.
The top quarterback taken this year, at second overall? Mitchell Trubisky … who did not appear in a single early mock first round last year.
The quarterback who was assumed to be in the elite class — a first-rounder in all six mocks, a top-five pick in four of them, the No. 1 overall in one? Miami’s Brad Kaaya. He went in the Cheap NFL Jerseys USA sixth round, 215th overall.
The other biggest miss was on a pass rusher sure to go near the very top. The consensus was that it would be Auburn’s Carl Lawson; he’d had injury issues that kept him out of two mocks but was top-10 in all the others, and second overall in Bleacher Report’s draft. He didn’t shake that injury history, and went in the fourth round, 116th overall.
Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, though, went third overall … and was nowhere in any of the 2016 mock drafts.