Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dolphins look at draft prospects Marvin McNutt, Mitchell Schwartz Tuesday

Draft prospects drawing interest from the Miami Dolphins at the 2012 Senior Bowl continue to trickle out, and DraftCountdown.com reports team officials were seen chatting up Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt and California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz in Mobile Tuesday.

Originally recruited as a quarterback, McNutt switched to wide receiver during his redshirt sophomore season at Iowa. A second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010, McNutt posted a career year as a senior with 82 catches for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn first-team all-conference honors. For his career, McNutt totaled 170 receptions, 2,861 receiving yards and school-record 28 receiving touchdowns.

Measuring in at 6-2½ and 216 pounds, McNutt was called "may be the most impressive physical specimen that I've seen thus far" by DraftCountdown.com's Scott Wright at the Senior Bowl. Considered a mid-round prospect with the potential to move up if he runs well in pre-draft workouts, McNutt has the big frame and soft, reliable hands to make him one of the best possession receiver prospects in the draft.

The Dolphins have no immediate need for a possession wide receiver, but they could certainly use the depth and you never know how long Brandon Marshall is going to be around given his high salary, attitude problems and legal run-ins. You have to imagine the Dolphins would at least consider McNutt in the third round or beyond, especially since new head coach Joe Philbin has a long history with Hawkeyes' coach Kirk Ferentz.

The younger brother of Carolina Panthers' guard Geoff Schwartz, Mitchell Schwartz redshirted at Cal in 2007 before going on to start all 51 games over the next four seasons. A right tackle for most of 2008 and all of 2009, Schwartz anchored the blind side during his final two years and was an all-conference selection both seasons.

Schwartz is your typical college tackle whose draft prospects aren't accurately represented by his impressive collegiate resume. Measuring in at 6-foot-5 and 317 pounds, Schwartz probably doesn't have the elite athleticism to stay on the left side in the pros and is probably best suited for tight tackle or guard. He's a smart, sound technician that is going to be either a solid start of quality versatile backup, but he shouldn't be under consideration until the mid-to-late rounds.

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