The Kansas City Chiefs are looking ahead to the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft and going over their checklist for next season. There are holes on both offense and defense that the Chiefs will look to shore up if they want to improve after a lackluster 2011.
Josh Looney from the official Chiefs website believes that one of the draft targets for the team may be wide receiver Marvin McNutt Jr. of the Iowa Hawkeyes, a talented wideout with Chiefs ties. If Kansas City does end up selecting McNutt, it would make three straight years of the team selecting an Iowa player in the draft, following Tony Moeacki in 2010 and Ricky Stanzi last year.
Here is Looney's take on the Chiefs targeting McNutt:
[F]or those who follow Iowa football a little more closely, McNutt's connection to the Chiefs runs deeper than noticing his record-breaking career and the team's recent pipeline of Hawkeye draft picks.
The All-Big 10 receiver spent his beginnings in Iowa City battling current Chiefs quarterback Ricky Stanzi for the Hawkeyes quarterback job. When it became clear McNutt wouldn't beat out Stanzi, or Jake Christensen, he was asked to move to wide receiver.
The rest, of course, is history.
It goes without saying that the position change did McNutt well. He would go on to finish his career as Iowa's all-time leading receiver with 2,861 career receiving yards and 28 career touchdown catches. His size, at 6'2" and 212 pounds, is appealing to NFL teams looking for an impact player in the middle rounds.
The Chiefs could certainly benefit from picking up a dynamic wide receiver. Time will tell whether McNutt will end up in Kansas City next season.
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