NFL Draft Profile: Mohamad Sanu

Sanu has an excellent combination of size, hands and physicality that could make him a very effective possession receiver, but a lack of speed hurts his potential. Sanu was extremely productive and versatile at Rutgers totaling over 2000 yards receiving and 600 yards rushing with 21 TDs, some return work and even went 8 for 18, 206 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs as a passer. Sanu has the potential to be a fantastic possession WR, but is limited beyond that.

Stats:

2009 (Freshman): 51 receptions, 639 yards, 3 TDs

2010 (Soph): 44 receptions, 418 yards, 2 TDs

2011 (Junior): 115 receptions, 1206 yards, 7 TDs

 

Combine:

6’2″ 211lbs

40 Yard Dash: 4.67 seconds

Bench Press: 19 reps

Vertical Jump: 36 inches

Broad Jump: 10 feet, 6 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.88 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.22 seconds

 

Health Check by Laura Calaway:

Sanu was characterized by CBS Sports as being “hampered by injuries” throughout the 2010 season.  The relevant injury seems to have been a chronic ankle injury that demoted him from a “vital” to a “forgotton” part of Rutgers’ offense.  The injury contributed to his having only 45 catches for 419 yards, but he seems to have recovered in 2011, with 115 catches for 1206 yards.

 

Pros:

Sanu is very sure handed and experienced working in the short passing game. A converted safety, he likes to hit people, which shows in his run blocking. His size, strength and physicality make him very hard to jam at the line or knock off his route, a big factor in his success in the short receiving game. Knows how to move with the ball in his hands, though more to eat up some extra yards than break a play open.

Cons: 

Sanu is not a deep threat, only 9 of his 210 career receptions gained over 25 yards. Sanu’s route running needs some more polish as he came to Rutgers as a safety. Even if he’s wildly successful at the NFL level, it won’t involve being much of a big play threat.

 

Further Reading:

NFL.com

CBS Sports

Sideline Scouting

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