In a league where youth and potential outweigh age and experience, it's rare to praise an athlete for having a long and full collegiate career. In the case of Marvin McNutt, there might not be an athlete that has benefited more from that collegiate experience.
At 23 years old, McNutt is older than the majority of the 2012 NFL draft class. As a four-year player for the Iowa Hawkeyes, only three of those years were spent at the receiving position.
McNutt was recruited out of high school to play quarterback for the Hawkeyes in the popular dual-threat mold.
Sam Louwagie, writer for The Daily Iowan, wrote that it didn't take long for the Hawkeyes to recognize that his physical attributes were better suited for playing receiver.
What's the advantage to playing quarterback for a year but never going in?
The advantage is that McNutt knows the quarterback position in a way that most receivers do not. He understands what a quarterback sees and how they go through their progression to locate the receivers.
Josh Cribbs and Antwaan Randle El have both succeeded with transitioning from quarterback to receiver and McNutt's knowledge should help give him confidence to do the same.