Jake Butt’s fifthround value worth arguing, but he knows best solution

Stop using Jake Butt to prop up an argument he doesn’t want to be in. Put him in the conversation he wants to be in instead.

Butt suffered a torn ACL in Michigan’s 3332 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30, 2016, and as a result he joined former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith on the list of “reasons why bowl games are meaningless” argument, especially after watching college stars Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey sit out bowl games, then go on to become Top 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Butt fell to the fifth round, and was selected No. 145 by the Denver Broncos on Saturday. The injury no doubt affected Butt’s status and cost him money, but let’s get a few things straight in this conversation.

Just about every NFL team was represented at the workouts of the most talented performers from the reigning national champions. Every team picking in the first half of the first round had to come away impressed with the 6-4, 218-pound Williams. The handful of coaches there were tied to his wide draft range — from Mike Mularkey and the Titans (No. 5 overall) to Mike Tomlin and the Steelers (No. 30 overall).

We understand the Texans are trying to raise the level of play with an offseason battle to make Watson “earn the job on the field.” But they are not fooling anyone into thinking Savage can help them both maintain their status in the division and reach true AFC title contention.

J.J. Watt will return and make Houston’s defense better. But with and without him, the Cheap NCAA Jerseys Texans have gone 9-7 in each of the last two seasons, barely winning the division twice. The Colts, even with their issues, haven’t been far behind at 8-8, with or without Andrew Luck. In Marcus Mariota’s second year, the Titans matched the Texans for the South’s best record last season.

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