Sadly, receiving was a somewhat of a challenge for RBs as neither Smith nor Crompton made (were able to make) proper use of them on anything but screen passes until they passed the line of scrimmage. But Sutton did look solid in that role when called upon.
BTW - for what it is worth - I Googled Sutton for NFL draft scouting reports and found these:
"... Sutton may have the best hands of any running back in this entire draft class ..."
"... At end of 2008 season, led all active running backs nationally in career receiving yards per game (31.1) and career receptions per game (3.7) ... In his rookie season (2005), exploded on the national scene, raking in numerous postseason honors ... A shifty running back with outstanding vision and instincts ... An excellent receiver out of the backfield ... Solid pass blocker ... Extremely strong runner ... Among all college running backs, tabbed the "best receiver" by Scouts, Inc. (Todd McShay of ESPN.com) ... Finished his career as NU's second all-time leading rusher with 3,886 yards ... Second in all-purpose yardage (5,138 yards) ... Finished one touchdown shy of Damien Anderson's school record for touchdowns scored with 37 ... Fourth in career rushing touchdowns at NU (31) ... Ranked 18th in NU history with 1,244 receiving yards ... Totaled 16 career 100-yard rushing games ... Averaged 97.2 rushing yards per career game and 5.3 yards per career carry."