McNutt Prepares for Draft Day

By Scott Saville, KCRG-TV9 Sports

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CORALVILLE, Iowa -- The NFL Draft is just three weeks away, and it couldn't come soon enough for All-Big Ten wide receiver Marvin McNutt.

There was a never-ending line to get McNutt's autograph at Scheels in Coralville Friday night.

"It's always humbling, because you never realize how many fans there are until you have events like this," McNutt said.

"And it's always great to give back to the community. They've supported you your whole entire [time] at Iowa."

Hawkeye fans fell in love with the school's all-time leading receiver, but playing big-time college football wasn't his only goal as a youngster - he had much bigger dreams.

"I started dreaming about it when I was about four. I told my mom I was going to be the first player to ever play all three sports [at the] major leagues.

"So really, that was the dream."

McNutt helped himself at the NFL Combine on the field and during interviews with NFL coaches.

"The interview process is something I feel like I can always do," McNutt said with a laugh.

"But when you know football and you come from a program like Iowa, they teach you nothing but the pro offense and how to work and how to talk to people, and just really how to become a man."

"That's what they're looking for at the next level, and I feel like I really showed them that I'm prepared and ready to do what needs to be done to play at the next level."

McNutt is projected to be a 2nd- to 4th-round draft pick.

When asked what pro teams like about him, McNutt responded simply, "The ability to make plays."

"I'm also an intelligent wide receiver that knows where to be in an offense and is always willing to learn, always willing to get better. And really, just do anything for the team, whether it be special teams or whatever."

As for his Draft Day plans?

"Try to stay calm, and maybe get a room to myself where people can't get to me."

So is he going to lock himself in a room?

"Maybe. That sounds like the best idea right now," he joked.

If McNutt could pick an NFL team to play for, it would have to be the St. Louis native's hometown team.

"The St. Louis Rams. Greatest Show on Turf.

"You grew up watching them all day long, and they were definitely a great team to watch."

"If it was a possibility to go anywhere, I'd like to go there. If the Rams drafted me, I'd love to go there and run there."

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