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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.