No NFL prospect has a guaranteed future at the next level. No prospect is guaranteed a rookie deal — or in some cases, just a training camp invitation. Jake Butt is no exception, although he was always guaranteed a treasure trove of endorsement money for his unique last name.
The former Michigan tight end has been know as the "Butt" guy for years and yes, he knows it's a funny name — so does his former head coach Jim Harbaugh. That's why it was no surprise when he signed with Charmin before the 2017 NFL Draft
Maybe the best endorsement deal ever! @JBooty_88 signing with @Charmin right before then #NFLDraft @UMichFootball @wsyx6 @B1Gfootball pic.twitter.com/Uwt8mQj7E1
— Chetan Rakieten (@chetanrakieten) April 26, 2017
Though no other draft prospect can use his unique name to his endorsement advantage like Butt has, there are a handful of others who could still partner with companies that sync up with their name.
Jabrill Peppers – S, Michigan
Unless Jabrill Peppers wants to endorse pepper farmer, his next best name-driven sponsorship partner is Chili's.
The gigantic restaurant chain with a pepper in its logo has a location in or nearby all 32 NFL cities and
Corn Elder – CB, Miami (FL)
Endorsement: Better Call Saul
The obvious pick is an agriculture company who specializes in corn production. The more fun pick for the former Miami cornerback is AMC original series Better Call Saul.
Jimmy McGill could use a big name to promote his commitment to elder law.
Taco Charlton – DE, Michigan
Endorsement: Taco Bell
Another former Wolverine, Vindauntae "Taco" Charlton must use his awesome nickname to earn some cash. The likely first-round pick could sign with Taco Bell or one of the other taco giants, including Taco John's or Del Taco.
Charlton, who had 10 sacks last season at Michigan, could also sign with Ole El Paso, Ortego or Yum! Brands, who owns Taco Bell.
Budda Baker – S, Washington
Endorsement: Bakers Square
Unless Buddhism wishes to sign Budda Baker to a lucrative endorsement deal, the former Washington safety's easy choice is Bakers Square, a midwest restaurant chain with 42 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
It would help if Baker is drafted by the Bears, Colts, Vikings, Bengals, Browns or Packers.
Forrest Lamp – G, Western Kentucky
Endorsement: Lamps Plus
Another player with a endorsement-versatile name is Forrest Lamp, the best interior lineman prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Forrest could join Smokey the Bear in promoting fire safety for the U.S. Forest Service or be a spokesman for the National Park Service. However, we're betting that lighting and home decor giant Lamps Plus will have a bigger budget and more appeal.
Cameron Sutton – CB, Tennessee
Endorsement: Sutton and Dodge
Who wouldn't want "steakhouse quality angus beef" for life?
From brisket and chuck roast to cube steak and round steak, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder Tennessee cornerback might not be the big, meaty prospect the meat company is looking for, but he's still an elite athlete with protein needs.