The 2023 XFL season is almost over, and the championship game is scheduled for May 13.
Dwayne Johnson is in charge of this current edition of the XFL, which seems to be more successful than the previous one.
Several XFL players have been invited to rookie minicamps, giving them a chance to play in the NFL.
Hakeem Butler will be given a tryout by the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the team and Dov Kleiman.
Update: XFL WR Hakeem Butler received an NFL tryout invitation to the #Steelers
Butler, who’s 6’5, 227 pounds and runs 4.48 40 time was originally a 4th round pick by the #Cardinals in 2019.
He finished his XFL season with St. Louis with 51 catches, 599 yards and 8 TDs. pic.twitter.com/ruEujXHBza
Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 5, 2023
Butler appears to be a great prospect on paper.
Butler fits the characteristics of a player who could have an impact on an NFL team at 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds.
As Kleiman notes, he has a 4.48 40-yard dash and was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Butler shuffled around the NFL between 2019 and 2021 despite having strong measurables, but he never played.
Since then, he has made it to the CFL, where he bounced about once more before being eventually released by the Edmonton Elks.
Butler, though, grasped his chance when the XFL returned.
Butler has 51 receptions, 599 yards, and eight touchdowns with the St. Louis Battlehawks this past season.
Butler is receiving a second opportunity in the NFL, this time with the Steelers, as a result of his performance.
The Steelers’ receiving group right now is full of young talent, with Diontae Johnson and George Pickens at the top.
Butler’s combination of size and speed has the potential to have a real impact if he can convince the Steelers that he deserves a spot on the team.
Given his XFL prowess, will Butler join an NFL team during the offseason?