Mel Kiper currently has Michael Floyd ranked #18 on his Big Board, while he has mentioned Marvin McNutt as a potential 2nd or 3rd round type player. I thought it would be interesting to compare McNutt and Floyd against common opponents. McNutt’s overall season was easily better than Floyd’s, but Iowa did play a little easier schedule than Notre Dame did. Here are the stat lines from the common opponents they faced:
McNutt had the better game against three of the four opponents, averaged more touchdowns per game than Floyd, and averaged a little better than 20 yards per game. The interesting thing to note is that he did all of that on fewer catches, so this is probably not a difference in utilization rates.
I’ve also listed each player’s Market Share in terms of college team production. Again, McNutt was responsible for a larger share of the Iowa passing offense than Floyd was for the Notre Dame passing offense.
It is worth noting that Floyd is maybe 10 pounds heavier than McNutt, so it will be interesting to see how each of them runs before the draft. I am pretty confident that I can show a correlation between a weight/speed combination that would be similar to, although slightly different than the Speed Score that people are now familiar with for running backs.
In any case, using my “If he can do it, he can do it” rule for college wide receivers, McNutt does seem like a relative bargain compared to Floyd.