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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mohamed Sanu

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Pros

Mohamed Sanu has good size and strength and is a durable athletic football player. His 40-time suggests he doesn’t have elite speed, but his speed is deceptive; Sanu consistently challenges defenders vertically and accelerates well. He makes great cuts in the short game and gets in and out of breaks smoothly and doesn’t break stride when catching the ball. He is a fluid, powerful, fast runner in the open field who plays fearlessly when it comes to incoming hits. Breaks tackles with ease and is an exceptional blocker.

He was put in motion to provide crack back blocks which he executes on a consistent basis. Route running is raw, but he has good burst moving left to right and has good timing. He is a versatile receiver who is a big threat over the middle and can line up in the slot, as a split end, or as a flanker. Ran the reverse and/or run plays in every game and is also a threat to throw the ball.

Sanu has great concentration and is a natural catcher with good extension and reliable hands which makes him a good jump ball candidate due to his long limbs and leaping ability. After the catch, he protects the ball well and has good balance, body control, field vision, and agile feet to go along with his running skills.

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Cons

Hasn’t played the position for very long and is raw. He drops passes he lets get into his body and needs to polish his route running and technique. Has a tendency to round some of his routes. He is not as physical as you would expect a receiver with his size and strength to be off the line, although he is physical enough downfield and fighting for the ball. He does not have “elite” straight-line speed and may be timed slower than he plays at the combine, which could unfortunately affect his value.

Facts

  • WR, Rutgers, Jr.
  • Ht: 6’2”
  • Wt: 215
  • 40: 4.4-4.5

Comments

Sanu is a smart football player who was recruited as a safety and participated in 12 practices before switching to receiver. He does several things well, which makes him a well-rounded prospect. He has been considered a hard worker and extremely coachable by both his high school and college coaches and is a leader on and off the field. He owns the Big East and Rutgers all-time leader in career receptions with 210 and ended the 2011 season with 115 receptions, also a school and conference record. Sanu was named the 2011 Maxwell Club Tri-State Player of the Year. As a freshman Sanu had 62 rushing attempts for 346 yards and 5 TDs and 51 receptions for 639 yards and 3 TDs; as a sophomore he rushed 59 times for 309 yards and 4 TDs and caught 44 passes for 418 yards and 2 TDs; in 2011 he had 1206 yards and 7 TDs to go along with his 115 receptions.

Dory LeBlanc, covers Gator sports for Gators First and BourbonMeyer.com. Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You can follow Dory on twitter @DoryLeBlanc