|NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu||03.29.12 at 8:25 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2012 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Wide receiver
Weight: 215 pounds
Achievements: Sports Illustrated All-America honorable mention (2011), Phil Steele fourth-team All-America (2011), All-Big East first team (2011), Maxwell Club Tri-State Player of the Year (2011), Homer Hazel Trophy Rutgers team MVP (2011)
What he brings: Sanu leaves Rutgers as one of the best wide receivers in both school and Big East history. He is a proven big-play threat, averaging 10.8 yards per reception over his career, and has a good mixture of size, strength, and open-field running skills. Sanu has reliable hands, and his long arms help him extend his catch radius beyond that of an average receiver. After the catch, Sanu is very capable of breaking through tackles and stiff-arming away from defenders. The only concerns about Sanu are his straight-line speed and the fact that he only has one season of exceptional production. If the Patriots decide to make a move away from Wes Welker, Sanu could be a good replacement.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1
Notes: Sanu recorded 100 or more receiving yards in seven games this past season. He set program and Big East records with his 115 catches in 2011, and is both the school and conference record-holder for career receptions (210). His 1,206 yards this past season marks the third-most productive total in program history, and his seven receiving touchdowns were a team best. Sanu also recorded the longest run in Rutgers history (91 yards). In high school, Sanu was deemed ineligible to play football as a senior because he turned 19 years old before the season began, but instead of leaving to play in prep school, he stayed to practice and help the coaches.
Video: Here are some of Sanu’s top highlights.
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