The latest cut casualty for the Philadelphia Eagles is wide receiver Marvin McNutt. Although the Eagles didn’t deem it necessary to hold on to McNutt, the Minnesota Vikings might have some interest in him.
A sixth-round pick out of Iowa, the big-bodied player possesses plenty of potential, but will need time to adjust to the speed and athleticism of NFL cornerbacks.
Leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, the Vikings put some feelers out for McNutt, so they obviously have interest in the 6’2’’, 215-pound wide receiver. When draft day finally rolled around, though, the Vikings opted to go with Arkansas wide receivers Greg Childs and Jarius Wright instead. With Childs now out of the picture and McNutt available, there’s a possibility that the two parties could reconnect.
What McNutt brings is a valuable possession receiver with the size to high-point passes and the hands to haul in almost everything that comes his way. He uses his frame to box out cornerbacks and does a great job of putting himself into position to make plays. On top of that, McNutt possesses the character – team captain and all-around leader at Iowa – that the Vikings are looking for heading into the future.
His size and hands are promising, but the downside to a player like McNutt is his lack of speed and inability to create separation when running routes. At the 2012 NFL Combine, McNutt clocked a 4.54 40-yard dash and lacked explosiveness when running agility drills.
With the Vikings still searching for options at wide receiver, it’ll be interesting to see if they target McNutt as a long-term project. He’s got upside, and that’s exactly what a rebuilding team like Minnesota needs at this point.