2012 NFL Draft Prospects: Inside Look, Interview with Iowa WR Marvin McNutt

Dan HopeContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Marvin McNutt #7 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is wrapped up by cornerback Alfonzo Dennard #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium November 25, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Iowa 20-7. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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In his senior season, Marvin McNutt established himself as the most prolific wide receiver in the history of Iowa Hawkeyes football. McNutt set single-season school records in receiving yards (1,315), receptions (82), and receiving touchdowns (12).

With his big season, he also set career school records in receiving yards (2,861) and receiving touchdowns (28), and ranks second in school history with 170 receptions.

Now, Marvin McNutt is ready to move on to the next level and play in the National Football League. In addition to his collegiate productivity, McNutt has very good size at 6’3’’ and 216 pounds and is an intelligent route runner.

McNutt does not stand out athletically, but he has the make-up of a solid and productive third or fourth receiver at the next level.

In my rankings for the 2012 NFL draft, McNutt currently ranks No. 18 among wide receivers, and No. 104 among all prospects. He rates as a fourth-round draft choice. I spoke with Marvin on Saturday to find out more about him as he works his way through the journey to being drafted in April.

McNutt participated in last month’s Senior Bowl. “My performance was pretty good during the week, not great,” Marvin critiqued of himself. “I definitely showed a lot of things I could do well, and I caught the ball, got better every day during the week of practice.”

The next step for McNutt is the 2012 NFL scouting combine, where he will participating amongst the wide receiver group this upcoming Sunday.

Marvin said that his preparation for the combine has been “one of the best experiences I’ve had.”

McNutt says that he is “a lot faster than what (the scouts) think.” He added that he also wants to show the scouts at the combine “that I can continually catch the ball well, and that I know football, I’m always going to learn and always going to try to get better.”

McNutt also added that his greatest assets are his “willingness to make plays, as well as put the team first and always try to use my abilities the best way I can to stay humble.”

Asked if he has ever modeled his game after any NFL players, McNutt assertively replied that “you never try to mold your game after a certain person,” but added that two of his favorite wide receivers to watch are Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, clarifying that “you just try to see what those guys do well.”

As a player for the Iowa Hawkeyes competing in the Big Ten Conference, McNutt has had experience playing with and against NFL talent every game.

One of Marvin’s teammates, left tackle Riley Reiff, ranks No. 3 among offensive tackles and No. 11 overall among all prospects for the 2012 NFL draft.

Asked where he feels Reiff ranks among this year’s offensive tackles, one of the strongest positions in this year’s draft class, McNutt commented that “I definitely think he’s the best. Riley has a motor that never stops, as well as he has the attitude needed to play offensive line, and he’s a big body and does things well. I’ve seen him go against Adrian Clayborn last year and they worked hard against each other every day in practice, they pushed each other.”

I also asked McNutt about the cornerbacks in the 2012 draft class, and who was the toughest that he had faced. McNutt immediately responded with the name of Leonard Johnson, a cornerback from in-state rival Iowa State, saying that he was “a pretty good contest.”

Johnson ranks No. 17 among cornerbacks and No. 121 in my overall rankings.

McNutt also gave credit to his teammate Shaun Prater, who he practiced against daily. McNutt said that Prater “gets the best out of me every day.” Prater ranks No. 10 among cornerbacks and No. 62 among overall prospects in the draft class.

When asked if he could play for any team in the National Football League, McNutt replied “I would choose the Rams because (St. Louis) is my hometown,” but added that he would “be happy to play for anybody.”


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This is the third of five articles featuring exclusive interviews with NFL draft prospects that I conducted last weekend. Keep checking back all week for more!

Monday: Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green

Tuesday: East Carolina QB Dominique Davis

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