Mohamed Sanu of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights carries the ball against Connecticut. How early will Sanu be taken in the 2012 NFL Draft? (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2012 NFL Draft, Rutgers Prospects: Mohamed Sanu Puts Draft Prank In Past

Scarlet Knights' star Mohamed Sanu appears to be a second- or third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft

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Undrafted Free Agents 2012: Joe Martinek, Desmond Stapleton Of Rutgers Sign

A pair of Rutgers players who were not selected during the 2012 NFL Draft have already signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.

Running back Joe Martinek will go to camp with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants [see complete list of Giants UDFA signings]. Offensive lineman Desmond Stapleton will join the Pittsburgh Steelers, where his brother, Darnell, started for a Super Bowl winning team before a knee injury ended his playing career.

The Giants called Martinek “a gritty, hard-nosed football player.”

Stapleton, in a recent interview with SB Nation New York, had said he was just "hoping to get into a camp.” He now has that opportunity.

Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was the only member of the Scarlet Knights selected in the draft. He was taken in third round, 83rd, overall, by the Cincinnati Bengals.

— SB Nation New York will keep you updated if any other members of the Scarlet Knights sign with NFL teams

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Mohamed Sanu: Bengals' New Receiver Can Laugh About Prank Call Now

The irony of being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals Friday night in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 83rd player chosen overall, was not lost on former Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The prank call Sanu received during Thursday’s first round came from someone telling him he was Cincinnati’s first-round selection.

“I’m hysterically laughing about that now," Sanu said during his introductory press conference with Cincinnati media. “It was a terrible experience. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. I’m just thankful that God gave me the blessing to be picked by the Bengals, and I’m very thankful to be a Bengal.”

Sanu understands that some analysts and scouts have questioned his ability to be more than a possession receiver at the NFL level.

“I attack the ball, run very good routes, am quick and sudden and have the natural ability to find the ball when it comes my way," he said. “I would say I have some speed to go on deep routes. I’ll try to show that this year and we’ll see how it turns out.”

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Mohamed Sanu Picked In Round 3 By Cincinnati Bengals

The Rutgers football program has its first 2012 NFL Draft selection on Friday, as wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was taken in the third round (No. 83 overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals. Sanu, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide out, was the only go-to threat for the Scarlet Knights during his junior season, and despite the lack of offensive help he was able to catch a Big East Conference and school record 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns.

Sanu could have been a first-round pick, however, he did not run a very fast 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine (4.67 seconds), which made scouts worry if he could get separation from NFL-caliber corner backs. Sanu did have a bounce-back performance at his NFL Pro Day, as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.

Oddly enough, Cincinnati is the team that was "a part" of Thursday's prank-call incident. In the end, the Bengals ended-up really wanted the Scarlet Nights who should be a strong partner with Cincinnati No. 1-wide receiver A.J. Green.

For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, visit this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For a complete list of 2012 NFL Draft results as they happen, visit SBNation.com. For More on the Rutgers football program, visit the SB Nation blog On The Banks. For even more comprehensive coverage of the NFL Draft, visit Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft, Day 2 Preview: Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu Is The Ultimate Hidden Gem

Round one of the 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone, and Friday starting at 7 p.m. ET it will pick back up again as round two and three will be underway. Though, the first day of the draft gets all the hype, the final two days is where NFL franchise are built, as teams search for that hidden gem.

For Rutgers football fans, they're hoping one of those sleepers is going to be former Scarlet Knight wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who's expected to go early in the second round. Sanu should come off the board early on Friday, but there's always that hidden fear of teams not beveling in a players ability, but, instead, look at height, weight and 40-yard dash times to project how good somebody is going to be.


Tracking The Draft / Giants Draft StoryStream / Jets Draft StoryStream

When it comes to Sanu, if a team is going to scout him based on the numbers, his stock wouldn't be very high. Sanu has average height (6-foot-2), an average build (215 pounds) and average 40-time (4.4-4.5 seconds). However, Sanu's collegiate accomplishments -- in his junior season he set a Big East Conference and school record of 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns -- show production and a play-maker.

In 2011-12, Sanu was so dominate at times -- he caught a team-record 13 balls against the North Carolina Tar Heels -- that teams press-covered him with two corner backs. That was the strategy the Syracuse Orange used on him during a 19-16 double OT victory last season, and despite the attention Sanu still caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

When Sanu decided to declare for the draft in January, mock draft initial had him pegged as a late-first or early-second round prospect. But Sanu's stock slipped a bit after his 40-time (4.67) at the NFL Combine wasn't impressive at all, which led to scouts beginning to wonder if he could separate himself from NFL-caliber defensive backs.


Round Two Mock Drafts: Sanu To Bears At No. 50 | To Dolphins At No. 42

Sanu's stock bounced-back a little after he blew away NFL scouts with his workout during the Rutgers Pro Day.

In the end, Sanu's Pro Day showcase and the game film will show a future NFL starter and player that can help an offense almost right away. Sany is a very bright, high-character player who is willing to do whatever for a NFL franchise.

Sometime during day two of the NFL draft, a hidden gem will be taken. And time will prove Sanu will be one of them.

For a complete recap of the NFL Combine, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For everything on the NFL Draft visit the SB Nation blog Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock Ranks Mohamed Sanu No. 91 On Final Big Board

Mohamed Sanu, the former standout wide receiver for Rutgers, is ranked as the overall prospect for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, according to the final prospect rankings released Tuesday by NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock. Sanu, according to Mayock, is not one of the top five receiver prospects in this draft class.

The No. 91 slot would put Sanu toward the end of the third round in the draft, which runs from Thursday thru Saturday.


Related: Chandler Jones Of SU Ranked No. 9

Recent mock drafts have had the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Sanu being selected anywhere from the middle of the second round of the draft to the tail end of the third round. The primary concern regarding Sanu has been speed and his ability to separate from NFL cornerbacks.

Sanu, generally considered a possession type receiver at the NFL level, has worked out for both the New York Giants and New York Jets. Both teams could use additional depth at the receiver position.

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2012 NFL Draft, Rutgers Prospects: Desmond Stapleton Just Wants A Chance

Former Rutgers offensive tackle Desmond Stapleton is one of those players just hoping to hear his name called by an NFL team on the final day of the 2012 NFL Draft. Or, if he should go undrafted, is just aiming to get an invitation to somebody’s NFL training camp.

All the 6-foot-5, 302-pounder with experience playing both right and left tackle wants is a chance.

"Be good to see my name called," said Stapleton. “If it isn’t called I’m still working hard and hoping to get into a camp.”


Related: National Football Post Stapleton Scouting Report

Stapleton was considered by some to be Rutgers’ best offensive linemen during his 2010 junior season. He bounced in and out of the lineup in 2011, however, as a troublesome knee injury limited his effectiveness.

Stapleton had surgery on his right knee following the season, the second time he has had that knee surgically repaired, and now faces the task of showing at least one NFL team that he is both healthy and talented enough to warrant an opportunity.

I feel like I’m back, I feel like I can move again. I feel like I can put my feet back into the ground. I feel like I’m ready to go again," Stapleton said. "I’m just trying to go back out there and prove myself. I’ve still got ball left in me."

The question is whether or not an NFL team will give him an opportunity to prove that. Stapleton worked out for the New York Giants and New York Jets during their recent pro days, and says he has had inquiries from Jacksonville, New England, Pittsburgh and Miami.

All he can do now is hope one of those teams sees enough to give him the chance to craves.

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NFL Draft 2012, Mohamed Sanu: Giants Work Out Former Rutgers Wide Receiver

Could former Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu be on the radar of the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft? Sanu was one of two players who worked out privately for the Giants on Wednesday.


Related: Mohamed Sanu NFL Draft Prospect Profile

The Giants could be in the market for a wide receiver in the draft, having lost Mario Manningham to the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. The Giants have unproven Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan, as well as oft-injured veteran Domenik Hixon, as potential No. 3 receivers. It would not be shocking, however, if general manager Jerry Reese uses the draft to add another receiver to that group.

The Giants, of course, pick last in the opening round. The 32nd pick would seem to be too high for Sanu, but if he is available to the Giants in the second or third round that would seem possible. Sanu has been going in the second and third rounds of most mock drafts.

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NFL Draft 2012, Mohamed Sanu: Draft Stock Rising For Rutgers Wide Receiver

After an extremely impressive performance at Rutgers Pro Day, SI.com's Tony Pauline wrote that Sanu "made a lot of money for himself today." How much? Well, that is still to be determined. It does seem, however, that Sanu has reversed his slide down draft boards.

Sanu had gone from a late- first-round to an early- third-round choice in many mock drafts. The most recent draft simulation from Draft Tek, released Monday, shows a reversal in fortune for the former Rutgers wide receiver. Draft Tek has Sanu going to the Houston Texans in the second round, 58th overall.

Draft Tek says:

"The WR prospect with the best hands in this year's draft class lands in the Texans' pocket . . . and will soon be lining up opposite Andre Johnson. And you can quite worrying about the pedestrian 4.65 Sanu ran at the Combine . . . he scorched the Rutgers' track with 4.41 and 4.48 at 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds. But we shouldn't worry too much about underwear speed vs football speed, the way Sanu explodes out of his cuts . . . which is all insignficant if you don't catch the ball!"

Yes, it would appear that Sanu's stock is once again on the rise.

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Rutgers Pro Day 2012: Mohamed Sanu 'Made A Lot Of Money For Himself'

The praise for the performance by Mohamed Sanu at Wednesday’s Rutgers Pro Day just keeps rolling in. SI.com draft expert Tony Pauline wrote Wednesday that Sanu "made a lot of money for himself today.

Sanu’s draft stock had been sliding after he ran a 4.67 during the NFL Scouting Combine, but Wednesday’s sub-4.5 times changed that.

“He caught the ball well, which was no surprise, but also ran crisp routes and practiced as fast as he timed earlier in the day. Could Sanu now squeeze into the late part of round one? Maybe, but if he doesn’t he will surely come off the board during the first half dozen picks of the second round,” wrote Pauline.

Pauline also wrote that several other Rutgers prospects may have improved their draft stock on Wednesday.

— Defensive lineman Justin Francis “delivered more than teams expected” and may have moved into the early part of the final day of the three-day draft.

— Offensive lineman Desmond Wynn “impressed in drills by showing a lot of athleticism moving about the field in bag drills as well as sliding his feet in pass blocking drills.”

— Running back Joe Martinek “may have moved into the last round of the draft with his performance.”

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Mohamed Sanu Impressive At Pro Day With New York Giants In Attendance

Wednesday’s Rutgers Pro Day was extremely important for wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who needed to show NFL decision-makers he had the speed to be considered as an early-round selection in next month’s 2012 NFL Draft.

Jim Kempski, who writes for SB Nation’s Bleeding Green Nation and runs his own site, Blogging The Beast, was on hand for the Pro Day. He filed this report for SB Nation New York:

Mohamed Sanu was the main attraction at Rutgers’ Pro Day this morning in Piscataway, N.J. The junior receiver was trying to improve on a disappointing showing at the NFL Combine, and improve he did.

Last month at the Combine, Sanu ran the 40 yard dash in 4.65 seconds, which landed him on Mel Kiper’s question mark list:

"Mohamed Sanu, WR: Very good and very productive, but didn’t run a great time and might be likelier to settle late in Round 2. Pro day is important."

Today, Sanu ran 40 times of 4.41 and 4.48. Those times are unofficial, but at the very least, they should help quell the notion that Sanu can’t run.

Sanu had a monster season for Rutgers, catching a whopping 115 passes for 1,206 yards and 7 TD’s in just 13 games, and is a player that Giants fans should keep an eye on as the draft approaches. Sanu has a very impressive build (he ran with his shirt off) and a large frame at 6-foot-2, 211 pounds, which is slightly bigger than Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants, who is 6-1, 208. Also like Nicks, Sanu has an extremely impressive "hand span," at 10 1/8 inches. Nicks is somewhat famous for the size of his hands, which measure in at 10 ½ inches. The average hand span for receivers this year at the Combine was around 9 inches.

With Mario Manningham bolting for the San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver is a position that could make sense for the Giants at the end of the first round. If Sanu is still on the board at 32, he could get some consideration. In what seemed like a light showing from NFL teams today at Rutgers, the Giants were among the teams with representation.

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Rutgers Pro Day: Mohamed Sanu Tries To Reverse Draft Slide

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has been sliding down NFL Draft boards in recent weeks, having gone from a late first-round possibility to a player who looks like a late second or third-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft next month.

Sanu gets a chance to reverse that slide in front of NFL decision makers Wednesday at the annual Rutgers Pro Day. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on RVision.

Other than Sanu, the most likely former Scarlet Knights to be drafted are offensive lineman Desmond Wynn and defensive lineman Justin Francis.

Here is the complete list of the 15 players who will strut their stuff today for NFL scouts:

Manny Abreu, Justin Francis, Edmond Laryea, Joe Martinek, Caleb Ruch, Mohamed Sanu, Desmond Stapleton, San San Te, Jawann Westerman and Desmond Wynn. In addition, former Scarlet Knights Dennis Campbell, Matthew Hardison, Antonio Lowery, Tyrone Putman and Richard Muldrow.

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NFL Draft 2012, Rutgers Prospects: Is Mohamed Sanu Slipping Down Draft Boards

During the early portion of the 2012 NFL Mock Draft season former Rutgers University wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was often a late first-round selection and never less than early-to-middle of the second-round selection. That might be changing for Sanu, and not for the better.

In the most recent Draft Tek seven-round draft simulation Sanu was given to the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick of the third round, 65th overall. That is not a bad landing spot for Sanu, but it is the latest he has been selected in any of the Draft Tek simulations to date.

Sanu, 6-foot-2, 211 pounds, was not particularly impressive at the NFL Scouting Combine. He ran only a 4.67 40-yard dash and some NFL draft experts question his ability to get open against NFL cornerbacks.

Rutgers is holding its Pro Day on Wednesday, March 21. That is shaping up as a critical day for Sanu to erase the concerns of NFL teams as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

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NFL Draft 2012: Mohamed Sanu No. 31 To New England In Updated Draft Tek Mock Draft

Despite his so-so effort at the just-concluded NFL Scouting Combine, former Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu remains in the mix for a late first round or early second selection in the 2012 NFL Draft this April.

In the most recent seven-round Draft Tek 2012 NFL Mock Draft, released Wednesday, Sanu went to the New England Patriots with the 31st selection of the first round.

Draft Tek writes:

“… as a possession option, he could be a fit in the Patriots’ tight end based offense. Other over the top options may be more productive, but Sanu does have some upside in the Patriots’ system, which cannot be underplayed.”

Former Rutgers offensive guard Desmond Wynn was given to the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round by the Draft Tek computer simulation. Wynn, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, was the 188th player selected in the Draft Tek mock.

Defensive tackle Justin Francis was not selected during the Draft Tek mock.

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2012 NFL Combine Results: Grading The Workouts Of Syracuse And Rutgers Football Prospects

The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and it's now time to break down the performances of the Syracuse Orange and Rutgers Scarlet Knights NFL Draft prospects who participated in the seven-day event in Indianapolis.

I won't go into great detail about the grading system, except to say that for the past seven day I've been tracking and watching college-age men in spandex try to impress NFL scouts at the site of Super Bowl 46. I know the background on all the prospects and their expectations heading into Indy. So, without further delay, here's who I thought were the Syracuse or Rutgers football players who did or didn't make the grade at the combine.

Desmond Wynn, OL, Rutgers

Grade: B

Takeaways: Wynn, measured at 6-foot-6, 303 pounds, entered the NFL Combine as a projected fifth- or sixth-round selection and left as a possible early third-day pick.

Wynn was one of the top performers in the 40-yard dash (5.05 seconds, fourth overall), vertical jump (32.5 inches, second) and tossed up 28 reps in the bench press, which didn't crack the top-15 performances but is a number equal to former top-three offensive linemen draft selections selections, Joe Thomas (2007) and Jake Long ('08).

His workouts didn't stand out, but what Wynn needed to show at the Combine was his athletic ability and the willingness to grow as a late-round prospect. I believe Wynn did that.

The Scarlet Knight posted good enough numbers, especially in the speed/explosiveness categories, that will allow him to gain weight and muscle, while still being able to maintain the athletic ability that separates him from other prospects. If Wynn gets in the right situation with a good offensive line coach, he could be a future NFL starter.

Projection: Wynn went from a player whose name could be called very late in the NFL Draft, to probably assuring that he could be an early, day-three pick and a future NFL starter.

Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

Grade: B-

Takeaways: There was nothing outstanding about Jones' NFL Combine performance, however, there wasn't anything bad about it, either.

Jones (6-5, 265) posted an above average time for a defensive lineman in the 40-yard dash (4.87) and showcased his athletic ability and explosiveness in the vertical jump, leaping 35.0-inches, and broad jump, 120.0-inches, which were both top performances among all the prospects at his position. Jones was also impressive in the three-cone drill (7.07) and 20-yard shuttle (4.38), which were all above-average performances.

However, thanks to his tall, lanky build made him look a bit awkward in some defensive line workouts and showcased some flaws in his technique.

Projection: Coming into Sunday's NFL Combine workout, Chandler was projected to be anywhere from a third- or first-round selection. I don't think much changed for Jones, who didn't hurt his stock. I think he could be a solid late-second or third-round pick, but a big gamble in the first round.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

Grade: C+

Takeaways: Sanu's workout Sunday didn't start off well, as he posted a disappointing 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which for a prospect trying to secure a possible first-round selection wasn't good at all.

However, as expected, Sanu rebounded with a solid performance in the bench press (19 reps), broad jump (10-feet, 6-inches), three-cone drill (6.88 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.22), which all were above-average performances for a wide receiver.

During drills, Sanu showcased his great hands and balls skills making up for his straight-line speed. Now, its just a matter improving his 40-time during the Rutgers Pro Day, March 21.

Projection: I still think Sanu is a bit of a reach in the first round, but there's no doubt he will be an impact player at the next level, as he can catch the ball better than any prospect in the draft. If he goes in the late-second or early-third round, he will be a steal.

Justin Francis, DT, Rutgers

Grade: C

Takeaways: The slightly undersized Francis (6-2, 268) seemed to enter the Combine with a basic strategy of showcase your skills not your flaws, and I think he pulled it off.

Francis, who entered his Monday workouts as a border-line draftee, elected to not run the 40-yard dash because he's not know for his speed. Instead, he did well in the three-cone drill (7.05 second, fifth-best overall) and 20-yard shuttle (4.35, 14th).

However, the Scarlet Knight did not perform well in the bench press (23 reps) and was in the lower half of defensive line prospects in the broad jump (109-inches).

Projection: Francis does have a set of skills that could stick out to some NFL scouts, however, he'll need to showcase more at the Rutgers Pro Day, March 21, if he'd like to get himself off the undrafted-bubble. If I were to predict, I'd say Francis still goes very late in the draft.

Phillip Thomas, FS, Syracuse

Grade: C-

Takeaways: Thomas (5-11, 198) stumbled out of the blocks during his Tuesday workout and really never rebounded from there, as his stock more than likely fell after the Combine.

Needing a strong showing in the 40-yard dash to secure, at least, a draft position, Thomas posted a disappointing time of 4.74 seconds, making him the fourth-slowest secondary prospect in Indianapolis. Thomas was hurt by a slow start out of the blocks and bad form running during the 40-yard sprint.

The former Orange, who didn't finish out his senior year because of an end-of-the-year suspension, also didn't stand out in any other workouts or drills and may have hurt his ankle in the process.

With all that said, Thomas is going to be one of those prospect relying on the friendly confines of a Pro Day, March 8, to prove himself as a NFL Draft selection.

Projection: From personal observation, Thomas has the ball-hawking skills to play at the next level, but, the bad 40-time and his inconsistency to wrap and tackle make him liability. Unless a team thinks they can fix his issues, then he's at very best a late-round selection. I think, Thomas will need to earn his way onto an NFL roster via free agency/practice squad.

Andrew Tiller, OL, Syracuse

Grade: D

Takeaways: Tiller (6-4, 324) had decent measurements, but, that's about all the good that came out of his NFL Combine performance, as his numbers were among the lowest of all the offensive line prospects.

In the bench press, Tiller did the second-lowest total of reps (16), while he ran a very slow 5.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Tiller was second-to-last in the vertical jump and dead-last in the broad jump.

Tiller was in the top half of both the three-cone and 20-yard shuttle drills, which measure quickness and lateral movement, but the performances weren't good enough to stand out.

Projection: Entering the Combine, Tiller wasn't projected to be a draft selection and unless he rebounds at SU's Pro Day, March 8, I'd say he will go undrafted.

Nick Provo, TE, Syracuse

Grade: N/A

Takeaways: Provo was just limited to getting measurements and team interviews, as he had just undergone shoulder surgery and didn't participate in any workouts. Provo (6-3, 237) entered the draft as a projected sixth- or seventh-round selection by NFLDraftScouts.com and his stock didn't rise or fall. Provo is expected to work out during Syracuse's Pro Day, March, 8, and his performance could go a long way in whether or not his name will be called in late April.

Projection: From first-hand observation, Provo is an NFL-caliber tight end prospect, who played in a pro-style system at SU and flourished. I'd predict that somebody will pick him sometime during day three of the draft.

For a complete recap of the NFL Combine, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For everything on the NFL Draft visit the SB Nation blog Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Combine, Mixed Takes On Mohamed Sanu From Analysts

As the workouts continue at the 2012 NFL Combine, the analysts' takes on former Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu are mixed.

ESPN's Todd McShay referred to Sanu as "way overrated"

Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu: "I like him, he's physical, he has good hands, but he's way overrated. He can't get open." (via ESPN)

Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar projects Sanu as a solid No. 2 receiver:

I like Sanu as a reliable, though not exceptionally quick, receiver who can make gains in possession concepts, and I think he reinforced his grasp of the fundamentals during his combine workout. (via Shutdown Corner)

McShay was not the only analyst to make the comment about Sanu's ability to get open. NFL Network's Mike Mayock also talked about Sanu's struggles against press coverage last week. Unlike McShay, Mayock did at least note Sanu's incredible production last season. Despite the concerns about his speed and ability to get open, no one has knocked Sanu's hands.

For more on the NFL Combine, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. For everything on the NFL Draft visit the SB Nation blog Mocking The Draft.

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Mike Mayock Explains Concerns About Mohamed Sanu Of Rutgers

We mentioned in a notebook on Thursday that Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers in not listed among the top five wide receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft class by NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock, one of the most respected analysts in the business. Mayock explained why during a Thursday afternoon conference call.

Basically, Mayock is concerned about the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Sanu's ability to get open again NFL cornerbacks. Mayock compares Sanu to Alshon Jeffrey, a highly-regarded 6-4, 232-pound receiver from South Carolina has also has not assigned a first-round grade at this time.


Recommended Reading: Mohamed Sanu Profile From Mocking The Draft

"On tape for me, neither of them separate. They struggle getting off press coverage, and by the way, Sanu had 114 catches this year. Some of them were of the sick variety. Just really impressive, one handed, beautiful catches," Mayock said. "So he's a guy I want to like and believe in, but he's not sudden. He doesn't have great acceleration, and in the NFL, everything's going to be contested. That's where you get nervous with some of those big bodied guys. If they can't get open, is everything throw going to be contested?"

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NFL Draft 2012, Mohamed Sanu: Still A Late First-Round Possibility?

The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine will be held in Indianapolis beginning in less than a week. As the Combine approaches let's take a look at the current draft status of Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, widely considered to be a late-first or second-round pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft this April.

  • Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has Sanu going 30th overall to the San Francisco 49ers. This has been a popular choice among early mock drafts. "The 49ers have a glaring need at the wide receiver position and could be looking to upgrade. Sanu is a monster with good quickness for his size and a real physical dimension to his game. He offers the ability to run after the catch and can contribute inside from day one," Bunting says.
  • NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock does not list Sanu among his top five wide receivers available in the draft. The Sports Agent Blog lists Sanu tied for fifth.
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NFL Draft 2012: Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu Still Projected In First Round

Former Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has been drawing late- first-round to early second-round consideration from most mock drafts, and 2012 NFL Draft analysts.

That trend continued this week when SB Nation released its latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft. SB Nation has the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Sanu going to the Baltimore Ravens with the 29th pick of the first round in the April 2012 NFL Draft.

Writing for SB Nation, Ryan Van Bibber says:

“The Ravens are committed to Joe Flacco. What better way to honor that commitment than by finding him some help at wide receiver. Sanu doesn’t have the speed of a downfield threat, but the Ravens have that in Torrey Smith. What he does do is catch the ball really well and play a tough style that allows him to get yards after the catch.”

Sanu caught 115 passes in 13 games for Rutgers during the 2011-2012 season.

— Stay with this StoryStream for information on Sanu and other Rutgers draft hopefuls.

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NFL Scouting Combine 2012: Three From Rutgers Get NFL Combine Invites

Three former Rutgers Scarlet Knights have received invitations to strut their stuff for NFL scouts and general managers during the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, defensive end Justin Francis and offensive guard Desmond Wynn have received Combine invitations.

Sanu is the most highly-regarded of the Rutgers 2012 NFL Draft prospects. Sanu has been considered a late- first-round or second-round pick in most early mock drafts.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has this to say about Sanu:

Physically reminds me some of Hakeem Nicks. Isn’t as NFL ready, but can go get the football, breakdown and separate on all levels of the field. Looks like a future NFL starter who might need some time, but the talent is most definitely there.

Wynn is a 6-6, 295-pound guard who “has a shot a fighting for a roster spot” according to Bunting.

Francis is a 6-4, 275-pound defensive end. Bunting says Francis is “a tweeer, but in a pass happy NFL will have a chance to stick with the right team.”

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Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers to Houston Texans

There was little wide receiver Mohamed Sanu did not accomplish during a three-year career at Rugers, at least from an individual standpoint. The 6-2, 215-pound stud declared for the NFL Draft after assaulting the record books during his junior season, and is now projected as a first-round pick.

In the Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, Sanu was projected to be selected with the No. 26 pick by the Houston Texans.

When Andre Johnson was lost for a long stretch this season, it didn't totally derail the Houston offense. What it did do was severely hamper the Texans' play-action game, which can be simply devastating with the combination of a steady run game and the presence of Matt Schaub. In that scheme, the Texans can pile up chunk yardage with the pass, and Sanu is the type of guy who can stretch the field and be a huge threat across from Johnson. And when you consider that Johnson will be 31 entering the 2012 season, the Texans need this kind of presence around if he misses any more time. Sanu is hugely productive, creates space, has good speed and can contribute early.

Sanu set a Big East record by catching 115 passes last season and recorded the third-most receiving yards for a season in school history, 1,260. During his career he set a school record with 210 career receptions, rushed for 653 yards and nine touchdowns, and threw for four touchdowns.

Mocking The Draft rates Sanu No. 31 in the 2012 NFL Draft Overall Rankings.

For more on Rutgers football, check out the SB Nation blog On The Banks. To keep track of the draft status of Sanu and his former Rutgers teammates, check back to this StoryStream.

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NFL Draft 2012, Mohamed Sanu: Rutgers Star Seen As Late First-Round Selection

The San Francisco 49ers are projected to select Rutgers wide receiver, Mohamed Sanu with a late first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft according to Pick256 of Mocking The Draft.

The 6-2, 215-pound junior wide receiver set a Big East record with 115 catches and had the third highest single season receiving yardage total in Rutgers history. Sanu also finished his career with 653 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and has a 91-yard run on his resume that was the longest in school history. Despite being only a junior, Sanu is already 22 going on 23. WalterFootball.com predicts Sanu will be drafted by Indianapolis with the first pick of the second round.

"Reggie Wayne acknowledged that this might be his final season in Indianapolis. If that's the case, the Colts will need to add a talented wideout this offseason." -via WalterFootball.com

"Great hands, nice size and can run after the catch," Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com said of Sanu. "I think he is highly developed — meaning he finds holes in coverage, whether it is man or zones. -- via ww.nj.com

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mohamed Sanu Projections, NFL Combine, Pro Day

Rutgers University's All-Big East Conference wide receiver, junior Mohamed Sanu, announced Tuesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft, which will take place April 26-28. The decision now moves the conversation about his stellar collegiate career to his NFL draft projections.

For those Rutgers football fans curious as to where NFL mock drafts have Sanu ending up, SB Nation's Mocking The Draft most recently, Dec. 19, had Sanu going to the Minnesota Vikings with 34th-overall pick (second round).

SBN's Dan Kadar says, "Percy Harvin can be a great player for the Vikings but struggles when they ask him to play outside on every play. Sanu could hold the outside spot, letting Harvin be versatile."

On Dec. 31, SB Nation had Sanu ranked as the No. 31 overall prospect and the fifth-best wide receiver prospect as of Dec. 16.

In SBN's initial NFL mock draft, Ryan Van Bibber said Sanu is "A big, physical target with good hands and yards after the catch ability fits perfectly with [Alex] Smith's limitations as a quarterback."

There's no doubting Sanu's hands, which snagged a Big East and school record 115 balls this season for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns, but his critics will look at his size (6-foot-2, 215-pounds) and speed.

However, those doubting Sanu's size need to take a look around the NFL and see that productive wide outs don't need to be seven feet tall. Just look at Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (6-2, 210), who has almost the exact same height and weight number as Sanu and compiled his second straight 1,000-yard season.

What's going to separate Sanu from the first or second round is speed, which everyone will get a better judge of during the NFL combine (Feb. 22-28) or Rutgers Pro Day - which last year was held in early March.

Currently, NFLDraftScout.com has Sany's 40-time in the 4.57-seconds range.

For more on Sanu or the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program visit the SB Nation blog On The Banks. For the latest NFL Draft information, visit SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft: Mohamed Sanu Of Rutgers Will Enter Draft

A disappointing but expected answer came Tuesday for Rutgers University football fans, as junior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu announced his plans to forgo his senior year and enter the 2012 NFL Draft, which will take place April 26-28. Sanu (6-foot-2, 215-pounds) compiled a Big East Conference and school record 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns, and according to some NFL mock drafts is expected to be selected in last-first or early-second rounds.

"It was a tough decision," said Sanu, "I defiantly was thinking about coming back. I love Rutgers so much and just being around my teammates all the time. I am going to missed that. I am going to miss the family and the cohesiveness of just being around everybody everyday."

Sanu said that his final decision about going pro or not came this past weekend, and some of the factors that figured into his decision was his statistical number that he felt were pretty much maxed out and his age -- Sanu is 22-years-old and will be 23 in early August.

"I'm really excited for him," said Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. "I think he's going to be a great professional athlete."

Sanu would not say when NFL draft experts or scouts expected him to go, but he did said that their opinions did have an effect on his decision. Currently, SB Nation's Mocking The Draft blog has Sanu going in the second round (34th overall) to the Minnesota Vikings.

For more on Sanu or the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program visit the SB Nation blog On The Banks. For the latest NFL Draft information, visit SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.

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NFL Draft 2012: Mohamed Sanu Set To Announce Decision Tuesday At Noon

The answer to whether or not Rutgers University junior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will return for his fourth year of eligibility at the school or enter his name into the 2012 NFL Draft will be answered Tuesday afternoon, as Sanu is set to make his decision at noon ET. The news was broken by Associate Athletic Director for Communications at Rutgers University, Jason Baum, via Twitter, Tuesday morning.

There's no clear-cut answer on if Sanu (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) will stay or go. In early December, a free New York newspaper reported that an anonymous source said Sanu was planning to stay for his senior season.

"...I don’t put (staying) past him, I really don’t." Samir Sanu, who is Mohamed's brother, told the Star Ledger a few days before Rutgers' Pinstripe Bowl victory, 27-13, over Iowa State University.

However, it's hard to imagine Sanu, who compiled a Big East Conference and school record of 109 receptions for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns, will return after maxing out his draft stock this year. Currenlty, many NFL mock draft sites have Sany as a late-first round or early-second round pick.

"When somebody talks about giving you late first-round or early second-round money, and you’ve had the season he’s had, it’s kind of like, ‘What more can I do? How much higher can I go than that?’" teammate, Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene, told the Ledger. "Sometimes, it’s just a situation where it’s hard to come back. But some guys do return."

SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has Sanu ranked as the No. 31 overall prospect in rankings updated as of Dec. 1. In its inaugural 2012 NFL Mock Draft, SB Nation has Sanu going to the San Francisco 49ers with the 30th pick of the first round. SBN's Ryan Van Bibber says Sanu is "A big, physical target with good hands and yards after the catch ability fits perfectly with [Alex] Smith's limitations as a quarterback."

For more on Sanu or the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football program visit the SB Nation blog On The Banks.

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