IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 12: Marvin McNutt, Jr. #7 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is pursued by Marcus Rush #44 of the Michigan State Spartans at Kinnick Stadium November 12, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan State beat Iowa 37-21. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)
Earlier this week Carlos Holmes with the Dayton Daily News wrote that the Cincinnati Bengals were interested in University of Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt, a possible third or fourth round draft pick. This comes a month after the Bengals attended Iowa's Pro Day in mid-March. And according to NFL Draft Bible, McNutt recently met with the Cincinnati Bengals -- as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins.
Scout Inc. ranks McNutt as the ninth-best wide receiver, giving him an exception grade for intangibles:
Selected as a permanent team captain as a senior. Named to team's leadership group all five years at Iowa. Recipient of team's leadership award for offense in 2007. Winner of coaches' appreciation award for offense in 2009. Started to practice at wide receiver during the 2008 season and made transition from quarterback in spring of 2009.
They write of his ball skills:
Possesses natural hands. Rarely allows ball into frame and shows a quick and natural pluck. Displays above-average body control and can open up hips and make catch on a ball thrown behind him. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Big hands provide him with the ability to make one-handed catches (See 1st QTR Michigan State, 2011).
With A.J. Green and a handful of slot receivers, the Cincinnati Bengals are in need of a second receiver opposite of Green that give Andy Dalton a reasonable option. Jerome Simpson, who is currently a free agent but expected to face a suspension next season, was expected to fill that role last year. Though he exploded at times for incredibly athletic plays, he often disappeared -- think shutout in both Steelers games combined.