Hakeem Butler declares for the NFL Draft

Nov 10, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Hakeem Butler (18) catches a pass against the Baylor Bears at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler has decided to declare for the NFL Draft, he tells the Des Moines Register‘s Tommy Birch.

Butler, who recorded a single-season program record 1,318 receiving yards as a junior, is projected by some as a first-round pick in April’s draft. The Baltimore, Md. native finishes his Iowa State career with 2,149 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns, good for fourth and third in program history, respectively.

He became the second Cyclone to declare for the draft on Monday after David Montgomery did so earlier.

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Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.