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2012 NFL Draft: So You're Thinking About Drafting a Marvin McNutt

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Iowa WR Marvin McNutt Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)


Congratulations, professional football fans! Your favorite team has made the wonderful decision to draft Marvin McNutt! Like any responsible selector, you're no doubt filled with questions about your potential new draft pick. We here at Black Heart Gold Pants will try our best to answer any questions you might have.

So, Who Is This Guy? McNutt arrived at Iowa and spent his first year and a half as a quarterback. He was smooth out of the pocket but didn't have the accuracy on his passes to stay at the position. He moved to wide receiver midway through his red shirt freshman season and would only become Iowa's single season and all-time leader in just about every receiving statistical category. His first full season at wide receiver (2009) he hauled in 34 receptions for 674 yards. In 2011, McNutt finished with 82 receptions for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 1,315 yards is good enough for the seventh best total for a wide receiver in Big Ten history.

Marvin McNutt Career Highlights (via HighlightHawkeye)

What About The Bad? While dazzling fans with one handed catches, either in the back of the endzone or across the middle of the field, McNutt occasionally drops the easy pass. It's not an issue with his hands but rather his concentration. He's not lightning fast or the quickest guy on the field. He did run a 4.54 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine and that time left many Hawkeye fans saying "wow, better than I thought." Against NFL caliber defensive backs he was held in check. Iowa State's Leonard Johnson held him to four receptions and 61 yards. Against Nebraska's Alonzo Dennard he was held to four receptions and 29 yards.

Maybe the Secret to Marvin's Success. McNutt's timing couldn't have been better. He made the transition from QB to WR at Iowa just after the Hawks hired Erik Campbell formerly of Lloyd Carr's regime in Michigan. After four years at Iowa Campbell's had two wide receivers completely rewrite the school's record books. In 2010, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos would become Iowa's all-time leader in yards and receptions. His record stood only for one year as McNutt then smashed his records. Campbell has coached a long list of would be NFL wide receivers during his time at Michigan. That list includes: Amani Toomer, Tai Streets, Braylon Edwards, Jason Avant, Steve Breaston and Mario Manningham.

Anything Else We Should Know? McNutt was named the Big Ten's Wide Receiver of the Year last season. Also, he was nearly killed by a rogue SkyCam.