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Prospect Profiles: Marvin McNutt


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-4, 215, 4.52


National Football Post:

A tall, well-put together wide out with good overall strength and power off the line. Displays above-average short area quickness for his size, understands how to set up routes vs. press coverage and uses his hands well to fend off corners. Isn’t real explosive initially off the line and/or out of his breaks and is more of a strider. However, uses his body well once he gains a step boxing out defenders on all areas of the field and tracking the football. Is a former quarterback and has a good feel for the pass game. Does a nice job sitting down in pockets underneath vs. zone coverage, locates the football well and isn’t afraid to extend and work the middle of the field. Displays deceptive strider speed vertically, but isn’t a burner by any stretch, looks like a 4.55/4.6 guy. However, once he gets those legs turning he’s a tough cover down the field and knows how to adjust to the football, displaying good coordination and coming down with the catch. Would like to see him do a better job overall plucking the football off his frame, looks content to let throws get into his body to often and for a guy who isn’t ever going to separate much at the next level this is an aspect of his game he needs to improve.

Displays good savvy as a route runner on vertical routes, looks off defenders, is patient stemming his routes and can put his foot in the ground and use his short area quickness to gain a step and box out. However, gets leggy on sharply breaking routes, rounds off his angles and doesn’t have a great burst out of his breaks. Looks a bit high cut/tight in the hipped as well when trying to re-direct and isn’t ever going to be a guy who separates consistently on sharply breaking routes. Will get after it in the run game on the edge as a blocker. Is long armed, possesses strong hands and does a nice job sticking to blocks through the play.

Impression: A tall, long armed receiver who can win off the line and use his big frame to box and go get the football. A big target who looks capable of fighting for a starting role now at the next level. However, is never going to be a guy who separates a ton in any area of the game.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Great height, bulk, and strength – Has good long speed, probably in low 4.5 range – Very strong after the catch, can drag players or run away from them – Can make incredible catches – Fantastic body control along the sidelines and going over the middle – Former QB that rarely sees the coverage wrong – Willing blocker – Does the little things very well – Team Captain.

Weaknesses: Will make the occasional easy drop – Doesn’t have great acceleration – Relies on his size against extremely talented corners – Struggles to gain separation against physical corners.

FF Toolbox:

Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Marvin McNutt is a unique prospect in that he has great height and the ability to run routes like a smaller player. Whether he’s slicing through zone defenses or climbing the ladder to make an acrobatic grab, he’s an athletic talent with a high football IQ. At 6’4″, there’s still room for him to add some bulk to his frame. He’s not a burner, but gets in and out of his cuts quickly.

McNutt doesn’t project as a No. 1 WR in the NFL, but for ball-control offenses that are looking for a receiver who can catch anything in his zip code, McNutt can be that player.

He displays great footwork off the line and can quickly get up the field. Once he finds the ball in the air, he uses his frame well to block out defenders. McNutt catches well with his hands and doesn’t often rely on making basket catches.

He’s not a burner and will likely run a mid-4.5 40-yard dash. McNutt possesses average athleticism, whether it is his agility, speed or leaping ability

McNutt projects as a third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Marvin McNutt is a big, physical receiver. 6-4. Tough to bring down. Not a burner, but certainly has good speed. Smart, former QB, so could be used as a wildcat. Makes tough catches, and can box out guys. Will be great on third downs and in the red zone. His lack of speed will hurt a bit, but I think he’s a prototypical possession receiver. He’s not Mario Manningham, who if drafted, he would be replacing. But the Giants have what Manningham does. They need a taller possession receiver, someone like Ramses Barden but who can actually play. McNutt is that. I think he would be a great fit on third downs and can really move the chains. Could be a clutch receiver. Third rounder. I think he’ll appeal to a lot of teams. If he’s a Giant, he would step in right away and contribute.




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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Marvin McNutt”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    He has what I call funky feet, look closely at his feet and you see what I mean. His feet look heavy, are they heavily taped, that might mean he has some injuries or problems with his feet. This will limit his ability to make sharp cuts against the top defensive players and separate from them. His cuts are very wide.

    He runs fast in a straight line but those feet look weird and make him look slow and clumsy. It also seems like they limit his explosiveness. He has very long legs and takes long strides, they call that a long strider and those types have issues in the NFL, especially getting off the LOS and getting quickly up to full speed.

    He also is not compact and has wide hips, although he is built a little like some great WRs like Plax and Calvin Johnson, tall, wide hips and long limbs he does not have the body control they have. He flails his arms and legs wasting energy and time. That’s sloppy technique, he has to tighten up his motion. This is a problem with taller receivers, they don’t have great body control when they are young. His body might not be fully matured.

    Many of these things can be adjusted once he gets better coaching and is open to listening and working hard. Right now I would not draft him the way he is as a player. I would have to know about his ability to be coached, he has potential though. What’s up with those feet?

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