Hakeem Butler is an Arizona Cardinal!

Nov 3, 2018; Lawrence, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Hakeem Butler (18) runs for a touchdown against Kansas Jayhawks cornerback Hasan Defense (13) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t take long for Hakeem Butler to go off the board in Saturday’s fourth round of the NFL Draft. Butler was the first pick of the day, joining the No. 1 overall pick and former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in Arizona with the Cardinals.

Butler, a second-team All-America selection by The Athletic in 2018, recorded one of the best statistical seasons in school history last year while recording a program record 1,318 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 60 receptions. He concluded his Iowa State career with 2,149 yards receiving (fourth in program history) and 18 touchdown catches (third in program history) on 110 catches in just three seasons.

The wait to hear Butler’s name called in Nashville may have been longer than expected, but his path from overlooked two-star recruit to professional is complete.

Jared Stansbury


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.