Biography: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors after his senior and junior seasons. Led Iowa in receiving the past two seasons, posting 82 receptions/1315 yards/12 TDs as a senior and 53/861/8 as a junior. Named Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2012.
Positives: Well-sized possession receiver who's shown progress the past three years. Finds the clearing in the defense, consistently comes across the middle of the field and gets vertical. Uses his frame to shield away defenders and makes the difficult catch in a crowd. Extends to catch the ball away from his frame, strong running after the reception and breaks tackles to pick up extra yardage. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, looks the pass into his hands and wins out for the high throw.
Negatives: Lacks a quick release off the line. Does not possess a burst of speed or show a second gear. Poor route runner and tends to round off breaks. Unnecessarily lets passes get inside him at times.
Analysis: McNutt has been a productive college receiver the past two years and was able to use his athleticism and frame to overmatch opponents. He's an adequate prospect for the next level yet in the end maybe nothing more than a fourth receiver on an NFL roster.
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