Iowa State junior receiver Hakeem Butler was the first player picked Saturday, going to the Arizona Cardinals with the first pick of round four, 103rd overall in the NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 227-pound junior was a second-team All-Big 12 pick had 1,318 receiving yards (a new ISU record) and nine touchdowns last season.
According to the Cardinals’ official website, Butler told Arizona Coach Kliff Kingsbury he wanted to play for him at Texas Tech, but never got a scholarship offer.
“He told me he wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice,” Butler said.
Butler and Iowa State beat Kingbury’s Red Raiders 40-31 in 2018, with Butler having four catches for 148 yards and a TD.
“What’s crazy is that (Kingsbury) came up to me after the game and told me, ‘You’re a beast, man, and I love your game,’” Butler said. “It’s just crazy to have it all come full circle.”