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JohnCandy
02-14-2012, 08:22 PM
With major question marks regarding many of the 1st round WRs, Alshon Jeffery [speed, weight] and Kendall Wright [height].

With Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd seemingly locked in at the #1 and #2 spots how high can Sanu climb?

Can Sanu be the 3rd WR taken in the draft?

Can Saun be a top 20 pick?

http://www.scarletknights.com/ck/images/football/2011/front/sanu_iowastate.jpg

Dan_Steele
02-15-2012, 12:14 AM
Sanu has been characterized as a "possession receiver" by all of the analysts. Translation: Big, solid hands, good route runner, but slow. If he runs a sub 4.45 40 then he'll immediately be re-characterized into an elite receiver and no question be a Top-20 pick.

SenorGato
02-15-2012, 12:44 AM
Sanu has been characterized as a "possession receiver" by all of the analysts. Translation: Big, solid hands, good route runner, but slow. If he runs a sub 4.45 40 then he'll immediately be re-characterized into an elite receiver and no question be a Top-20 pick.

Pretty much. Another guy who should easily be amongst everyone's favorite players in the draft no matter where he goes...A perfect fit for the Jets with his legit WR skills and his Wildcat versatility jic they're spending time hiding Sanchez again next year.

MidwayMonster31
02-15-2012, 01:24 AM
I like Sanu's skills. He has excellent body control and hands. Even though his timed speed might not be amazing, he is an extremely savvy route runner who knows how to fake out corners. He has the stuff to be a terror on third down and in the red zone.
I had him at 29 to San Francisco, but if Houston or Cleveland (Falcons pick) drafted him, I would not be surprised. Top 20-25 is possible.

FUNBUNCHER
02-15-2012, 01:31 AM
40 times are killer for WRs. If he runs better than a 4.48 at the combine Sanu will climb.

But I don't think he'll have a higher draft grade than someone like Juron Criner.

duesouth
02-15-2012, 04:30 AM
40 times are killer for WRs. If he runs better than a 4.48 at the combine Sanu will climb.

But I don't think he'll have a higher draft grade than someone like Juron Criner.

The word with Criner is that he's not coachable - not sure how true that is. Whatever health problems he had in the summer also need to be looked at.

As for Sanu, I like him. Has the ability to make the circus catch - but does drop some routine balls. Still coming along with his routes. Has some upside - can't see why he can't sneak into the back end of the first round.

Giantsfan1080
02-15-2012, 08:00 AM
He's going to run fast than everyone thinks. He's a great athlete and with the training time he'll get that 40 to at least a 4.45. I think he ends up going top 20, top 25 at worst.

Caulibflower
02-15-2012, 09:11 AM
I rarely bring stats into my evaluation of prospects, but I have kind of a hard time projecting a guy who only averaged 10 yards per reception in college as an elite NFL receiver.

DeathbyStat
02-15-2012, 09:36 AM
I think he can go at the end of the First round

Maybe Pats, Texans or 49ers

Bengals78
02-15-2012, 09:37 AM
He is one of the first round WR I would really like.

A Perfect Score
02-15-2012, 10:43 AM
40 times are killer for WRs. If he runs better than a 4.48 at the combine Sanu will climb.

But I don't think he'll have a higher draft grade than someone like Juron Criner.

Sanu will go before Criner on Draft Day. I think Sanu has a shot at late first. I don't think Criner goes before the very late second, probably more early 3rd round type.

MidwayMonster31
02-15-2012, 12:17 PM
I rarely bring stats into my evaluation of prospects, but I have kind of a hard time projecting a guy who only averaged 10 yards per reception in college as an elite NFL receiver.They were in a very conservative offense that had Sanu run a lot of short and intermediate routes. He made some nice catches in traffic, but with Chas Dodd, they rarely threw it down the field.

SenorGato
02-15-2012, 12:48 PM
He's going to run fast than everyone thinks. He's a great athlete and with the training time he'll get that 40 to at least a 4.45. I think he ends up going top 20, top 25 at worst.

Yes. Mucho underratedo as an athleteo here, possibly because of how much that offense sucked.

If you live in the area you've been reading about Sanu since Day 1, because he was an impact talent for Rutgers from Day 1.

Babylon
02-15-2012, 01:07 PM
Hard to see him getting by both Patriot first round picks.

scottyboy
02-15-2012, 01:25 PM
if he goes past top 10, he'll be considered a steal.

Bengals78
02-15-2012, 01:44 PM
if he goes past top 10, he'll be considered a steal.

He's no getting Brian Leonard for some random DT who is then cut by St Louis and resigned by the Bengals steal :)

descendency
02-15-2012, 01:58 PM
I was just thinking about how many good WRs this class has. It really has a lot more potential first rounders than it's being given credit for.

Before the season started, most people had 3 (Jeffery, Blackmon, and Floyd - in that order mostly). Now there is a group of 6+ guys (Blackmon, Wright, Floyd, Jeffery, Sanu, Rueben Randle) that might challenge for spots in the first. So a bad combine or a bad pro-day could really hurt one of the 6.

Before you ask why Rueben Randle; he could very well be a quick riser after the Combine because of how well he will time. Some people will be shocked by it.

HorusKing
02-15-2012, 02:17 PM
If he runs in the 4.4's watch out for the Texans we are wideout hungary.

JohnCandy
02-15-2012, 03:09 PM
http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/09000d5d826f9cd9/article/precombine-position-rankings-for-2012-nfl-draft?module=HP11_content_stream

He is not in Mayocks Top 5 WRs?

scottyboy
02-15-2012, 03:24 PM
http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/09000d5d826f9cd9/article/precombine-position-rankings-for-2012-nfl-draft?module=HP11_content_stream

He is not in Mayocks Top 5 WRs?

that's absurd. I know you can only take my opinion with a grain of salt, but Sanu will be a top 3 WR, if not better, from this class. It's similar with Kenny Britt, who's knock was his "diva attitude". Yes, he's had run ins with the law, but he preformed on the field (freak injury aside).

For Sanu, I really see his only knock being a lack of game breaking speed. He's no Desean Jackson, but he's not slow by any means. People need to realize how awful Rutgers offense has been. No real quarterbacks to speak of, and when there was a decent QB, he would have no time to throw any deep routes because of the lack of time. Sanu has unreal strength and hands and is an EXCELLENT run blocker. Good team mate and hard worker. People look at stats and are saying he won't run a 4.29 and knocking him for it. He's going to be a great WR in this league, and Boldin/Nicks comparisons are pretty spot on

FUNBUNCHER
02-15-2012, 03:46 PM
His low ypc tells me Sanu doesn't have ideal NFL speed for the position. Is he a guy who can be a true #1 in the pros??? If not, I don't see a team spending a first round pick on him.

Playing for a bad offense shouldn't prevent a special WR talent from exploding statistically at least a few times in college. But maybe he'll be a better pro than collegian. I don't know.

I have no idea how Sanu does against man coverage or if he can separate.
The Big East wasn't a strong conference this year, I don't know why Sanu didn't dominate more if he's considered a first round prospect by some.

scottyboy
02-15-2012, 04:04 PM
His low ypc tells me Sanu doesn't have ideal NFL speed for the position. Is he a guy who can be a true #1 in the pros??? If not, I don't see a team spending a first round pick on him.

Playing for a bad offense shouldn't prevent a special WR talent from exploding statistically at least a few times in college. But maybe he'll be a better pro than collegian. I don't know.

I have no idea how Sanu does against man coverage or if he can separate.
The Big East wasn't a strong conference this year, I don't know why Sanu didn't dominate more if he's considered a first round prospect by some.

As I said: he never really ran any deep routes because of the lack of: QB skill, running game and oline during his time here. He was the only offensive threat and CONSTANTLY doubled. Because of this, he never really had many opportunities for big plays. We also loved to throw him quick routes in the flat in 3rd and 2 and such because he literally was Rutgers offense.

People are seriously digging way too much into his YPC. His speed is just fine, as is his separation. He will absolutely be a #1 WR in this league, or an unreal #2.

Caulibflower
02-15-2012, 04:40 PM
It's not just a matter of catching long balls, it's taking short passes for long gains. His longest catch in the last two years was only 32 yards. If you're playing in the Big East, I don't care who your quarterback is, you've got to have better than one 32 yard reception if I'm going to draft you to be the No. 1 receiver for an NFL team.

Caulibflower
02-15-2012, 04:47 PM
FWIW - Other Rutger receivers last year:

Mark Harrison - 14 catches, 274 yards, 19.6, long of 45, 2 TD.

Brandon Coleman - 17 catches for 552 yards, 32.5, long of 92, 6 TD.

Quron Pratt - 32 catches for 327 yards, 10.2, long of 21, 1 TD

So it's not as if there weren't big plays happening last year. And on 110 catches, Sanu can't break more than a 32-yarder? That just worries me a little.

The_Dude
02-15-2012, 06:31 PM
that's absurd. I know you can only take my opinion with a grain of salt, but Sanu will be a top 3 WR, if not better, from this class. It's similar with Kenny Britt, who's knock was his "diva attitude". Yes, he's had run ins with the law, but he preformed on the field (freak injury aside).

For Sanu, I really see his only knock being a lack of game breaking speed. He's no Desean Jackson, but he's not slow by any means. People need to realize how awful Rutgers offense has been. No real quarterbacks to speak of, and when there was a decent QB, he would have no time to throw any deep routes because of the lack of time. Sanu has unreal strength and hands and is an EXCELLENT run blocker. Good team mate and hard worker. People look at stats and are saying he won't run a 4.29 and knocking him for it. He's going to be a great WR in this league, and Boldin/Nicks comparisons are pretty spot on

you beat me to it.....

scottyboy
02-15-2012, 06:48 PM
FWIW - Other Rutger receivers last year:

Mark Harrison - 14 catches, 274 yards, 19.6, long of 45, 2 TD.

Brandon Coleman - 17 catches for 552 yards, 32.5, long of 92, 6 TD.

Quron Pratt - 32 catches for 327 yards, 10.2, long of 21, 1 TD

So it's not as if there weren't big plays happening last year. And on 110 catches, Sanu can't break more than a 32-yarder? That just worries me a little.

I understand where the concern is coming from, and the main knock is that he hasn't taken a slant or an out route and busted it up field for a huge gain. But he really only ran short underneath routes. I can count the times I can recall on one hand where Sanu ran a deep route.

I can also count on one hand the times Coleman ran anything BUT a go route. (except end zone fades). That's literally all he did...because he's a 6'6 freshman who couldn't run good routes or catch the ball over the middle

Harrison also ran deep bomb routes because he couldn't catch a freaking cold. That's why he got benched late in the season. Sanu was the only option to go short, underneath and over the middle, as the other guys really could ONLY run deep routes.

And Pratt's numbers are meh. Idk where they really fit in here. He ran mostly underneath stuff. 10 yard comebacks and in routes etc. The only other guy who could somewhat do it.

Again, I understand the concern where he doesn't have those big flashy plays by never breaking the short ones for big TD's, but the guy is a tank over the middle with sure hands and powerful running after the catch. An unreal red zone weapon (can't tell you how many 3rd and 10's from the 15 he caught at the 5 and muscled in for a TD). He CAN go deep, he just was really never asked to by the team. He's an easy first rounder, IMO, and will be an extremely solid WR for many years. Maybe this lack of speed, turning 12 yard slants into 50 yard TD's will hinder him from being elite ala Andre, Calvin etc, but he absolutely has the talent to be a number 1 in this league and will be a QB's security blanket underneath (I actually think he fits perfectly for the Bears round 1, to compliment Knox and Hester)

SuperPacker
02-15-2012, 06:52 PM
Apparently i must wait to give you reputation scottyboy, but thanks for the great insight.

Giantsfan1080
02-15-2012, 08:18 PM
Scotty is spot on as I've been saying the same things all year as well. It's hard to break a long run when you're being double covered and you're right in the middle of the field after a 8 yard catch. Scotty and I have been pretty spot on with every Rutgers player up to now so I don't know why we still don't get the benefit of the doubt here.

vidae
02-15-2012, 08:48 PM
Scotty I love you so much.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
02-15-2012, 09:20 PM
From Scotty's description, sounds a lot like Brandon Marshall. Marshall might be(at least in denver) a bit more of a big play threat, but we'll see how Sanu translates. Either way though, a mid-late 1st on a guy of that calibre? Easy.

Giantsfan1080
02-15-2012, 09:23 PM
Marshall is a little bigger so I don't see that comparison.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
02-15-2012, 09:31 PM
Marshall is a little bigger so I don't see that comparison.

I didn't necessarily mean it as a comparison, because Marshall is bigger, but just based on the description, sounds like him. Just in the sense that he's tough over the middle, will make the big catches, and works for extra yards after the catch. I know that sounds a lot like a comparison, but I don't really mean it exactly like that, if you know where I'm going with this. Saying he's Marshallesque, I guess, rather than a full-on comparison.

Giantsfan1080
02-15-2012, 09:45 PM
Well I don't see the tough yards over the middle from Sanu right now but he's more of a a deep threat than people realize. When used more as a deep threat his freshman year he performed in that role.

phlysac
02-15-2012, 10:44 PM
I seem to remember on several occasions over his career where Sanu got 3-5 yards of separation on deep balls, but the ball was underthrown and he was tackled at the catch by the trailing DB.

JohnCandy
02-16-2012, 08:43 AM
My real question is what is keeping him from the Mayock top 5?

I mean Alshon Jeffery is falling like a brick.

My real question is how do he and Rueben Randle compare as prospects? It seems that Randle has passed him on many expert rankings, but it is very close.

JohnCandy
02-16-2012, 07:44 PM
Mayock on Mohamed Sanu: Not sudden, doesnít have great acceleration. Like Alshon Jeffery, Sanu does not create separation.

Z-Report Says: This is similar to what I was saying last weekend, but I do think Sanuís top-end speed will be better than Mayock expects. The problem I have with Sanu is that it looks like it takes him a little while to get to top speed, but I think he will run okay at the combine. Sanu is a high-character player with winning traits, but he needs more polish as a WR and heíll have to prove that he can get separation in the intermediate areas.

http://blog.chron.com/fantasyfootball/2012/02/mike-mayock-gives-his-opinions-on-draft-prospects-i-chime-in-with-mine/

Nebula
02-16-2012, 10:15 PM
Sanu doesn't get separation? Is Mayock serious?

Sanu has the plus body control that Jeffery has, and a natural burst to his game. Sanu may not be sudden/quick, but is absolutely explosive out of his breaks. Plus, unlike Alshon, Sanu has an elite route tree and gets open in ALL areas of the field with his elite awareness against zone coverage.

Really disappointed in Mayock on that one. Sanu is a guy who is going to get open consistently in the NFL and become an excellent possession type. Comparing him to Alshon Jeffery is extremely irresponsible and downright offensive.

Brent
02-17-2012, 05:59 AM
2nd rounder.

JohnCandy
02-17-2012, 09:17 AM
Sanu doesn't get separation? Is Mayock serious?

Sanu has the plus body control that Jeffery has, and a natural burst to his game. Sanu may not be sudden/quick, but is absolutely explosive out of his breaks. Plus, unlike Alshon, Sanu has an elite route tree and gets open in ALL areas of the field with his elite awareness against zone coverage.

Really disappointed in Mayock on that one. Sanu is a guy who is going to get open consistently in the NFL and become an excellent possession type. Comparing him to Alshon Jeffery is extremely irresponsible and downright offensive.

I agree that comparing Jeffery and Sanu is not fair to Sanu.

I do have some of the same concerns. I did not see the quick twitch in the Pinstripe Bowl that I was hoping to see and he does not seem like a big play threat.

I think Sanu can be great in the NFL if he is used properly in a West Coast Offense or as a physically dominant #2 WR. His game reminds me of Anquan Boldin as he is the guy you look to on 3rd down and on a slant route near the goal line.

I think the negativity on Sanu comes from people wanting him to be something he is not. He is not a down the field #1 he is an underneath grinder who is going to make big catches on 3rd down and punish DBs.

He may not be worth a 1st round pick, but I think he is going to be a really good #2 WR or a Roddy White type player in a shorter passing game.

edgrenade
02-18-2012, 06:29 AM
He can climb this high
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb278/edgrenade/Outdoor_rockclimbingtop2.jpg

Larry
02-18-2012, 03:20 PM
What happened his sophomore year? Was he hurt? I'm just wondering why he regressed statistically that season.

bigbluedefense
02-18-2012, 04:15 PM
I honestly don't see the speed issues in him. I think he'll run a solid 4.5 40. He doesn't play slow at all.

scottyboy
02-18-2012, 04:21 PM
What happened his sophomore year? Was he hurt? I'm just wondering why he regressed statistically that season.

Greg Schiano's porn was the wild cat. Look at Sanu's rushing numbers. Along with Jeremy Deering, our RB/WR. The unreal obsession with the wildcat made Savage transfer, Sanu's numbers digress (and cause him to be injured a bit as well, he was banged up all year) and Rutgers fans want to vomit every game. It was horrendous

norcalgsr
02-18-2012, 05:56 PM
Sanu is overrated. I'd pass on him and grab Rishard Matthews (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078087) in the 4th round. Takes a slant to the house after avoiding tackle (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078894).

bigbluedefense
02-18-2012, 06:00 PM
Get him Scotty^

derza222
02-18-2012, 06:06 PM
I'm a big fan of Sanu's, but when I watched him this year I didn't see the same explosiveness that I saw from him earlier in this career. Maybe it was just the games I watched, but he didn't look quite as elite athletically to me. Not sure if he added weight to deal with all of the hits he was going to take or what.

That said, if he can regain that explosiveness he had earlier in his career I think he could absolutely be a #1 receiver in the NFL. If not, I think he's a really good #2 at the very least who's going to be able to contribute as a possession receiver and be a damn good run blocker. People underestimate how bad the QB play was at times for Rutgers this year. Like Scotty and GF1080 have said, there wasn't much of a running game, so Sanu on shorter passing plays was a huge part of the Rutgers offense because of how consistently he produced there.

scottyboy
02-18-2012, 06:59 PM
Sanu is overrated. I'd pass on him and grab Rishard Matthews (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078087) in the 4th round. Takes a slant to the house after avoiding tackle (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078894).

so, you use absolutely no argument or evidence to back up the claim that Sanu is "overrated" and then just post a nice play of some mediocre receiver? He's not even worth it BBD.

There are certain guys that Zak and I are just sure on. We both watch every RU game religiously and are knowledgeable football guys(especially Zak). There are some guys we just KNOW are going to be great in the NFL. Sanu is one of them. Britt was one of them. Hell, I remember me and Zak saying Devin McCourty should be considered at least a 3rd rounders and got shunned for it.

norcalgsr
02-18-2012, 07:05 PM
so, you use absolutely no argument or evidence to back up the claim that Sanu is "overrated" and then just post a nice play of some mediocre receiver? He's not even worth it BBD.

There are certain guys that Zak and I are just sure on. We both watch every RU game religiously and are knowledgeable football guys(especially Zak). There are some guys we just KNOW are going to be great in the NFL. Sanu is one of them. Britt was one of them. Hell, I remember me and Zak saying Devin McCourty should be considered at least a 3rd rounders and got shunned for it.

I never said he won't be great. I said he's overrated. As in overrated if he's being taken in the 1st or 2nd, compared to the depth of WR in this class. Maybe I should have used "overvalued".

Britt is an easy call. He's obviously more explosive and bigger than Sanu.

Rishard Matthews is mediocre? LOL...wow. Some of us actually pay attention to other players in the draft.

OSUGiants17
02-18-2012, 07:17 PM
Sanu is overrated. I'd pass on him and grab Rishard Matthews (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078087) in the 4th round. Takes a slant to the house after avoiding tackle (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078894).

WOW! You found 2 mediocre highlights of a guy against even more mediocre competition. I am now completely sold on this Richard Matthews character, he must be way better than Sanu, I haven't seen a single youtube video of him in here yet.

OSUGiants17
02-18-2012, 07:25 PM
*Copied from another thread*

A cheaper Mohamed Sanu. Pass on Sanu and grab Matthews in the 3rd-4th:short pass, breaks a tackle and takes it to the house (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078087). Takes a slant to the house after avoiding tackler (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7078894).

Can also return Punts.

Why do you insist on comparing the two? Aside from the fact that they both play WR they are completely different. Sanu is a big, bruising, physical receiver who will fight for yards. Matthews looks like a speed WR who is not physical. Also, are those two videos the only plays you've seen of him? Cause they seem to be your only argument arguing for why he is better than Sanu.

scottyboy
02-18-2012, 07:57 PM
I never said he won't be great. I said he's overrated. As in overrated if he's being taken in the 1st or 2nd, compared to the depth of WR in this class. Maybe I should have used "overvalued".

Britt is an easy call. He's obviously more explosive and bigger than Sanu.

Rishard Matthews is mediocre? LOL...wow. Some of us actually pay attention to other players in the draft.

Britt was an easy call, I'm well aware. Fun fact: Sanu has been better and more dominant at Rutgers with much less talent on offense than Britt. Britt also had some problems with the dropsies at Rutgers.

Again, you're not giving any reason to WHY. You're just saying "he's overvalued", which again, I disagree with. He's a first rounder, absolutely.

And yeah, sorry a guy with one breakout year at Nevada doesn't excite me. He's a mediocre prospect, hence why you said "in the 4th round" for him. I get it, he's your boy, but those 2 nice youtube videos of him don't excite anyone. But sorry if I stepped on your toes saying he was mediocre.

edit: Sanu returned punts at Rutgers too. so there's that.

Sanu's the only real draftable guy from RU this year, so I've been paying MORE attention to the draft than I have in past years instead of focusing on my guys, but nice try. Matthews can be a decent pick in the mid-rounds. That's mediocre.

norcalgsr
02-18-2012, 09:35 PM
I'll continue the Matthews talk in the proper thread so as to not get off topic.

OSUGiants17
02-18-2012, 09:37 PM
I'll continue the Matthews talk in the proper thread so as to not get off topic.

HEY SCOTTY:
http://assets.diylol.com/hfs/371/5a2/cda/resized/you-rock-meme-generator-your-rock-bro-high-five-502bb4.jpg?1311620122.jpg

We won that debate! Just goes to show ya, never mess with a master-debator like me!

FUNBUNCHER
02-18-2012, 10:41 PM
I think Sanu has the talent to become a starter in the NFL, but I doubt he goes first round.

Athletically Sanu is going to have to impress more than he has on film, whether that's because of scheme limitations or his own physical ability.

Kenny Britt was 6'3/220#, ran a mid 4.4 and still only went pick 30.

I have a hard time seeing Sanu as a top 32 pick because I don't think he has the tools to be a number 1 WR.

Larry
02-19-2012, 06:31 AM
Greg Schiano's porn was the wild cat. Look at Sanu's rushing numbers. Along with Jeremy Deering, our RB/WR. The unreal obsession with the wildcat made Savage transfer, Sanu's numbers digress (and cause him to be injured a bit as well, he was banged up all year) and Rutgers fans want to vomit every game. It was horrendous

Thanks for the information. Just two more questions, is Sanu kind of similar to Michael Crabtree? Or do you think he can be more explosive than Crabtree?

I've already settled on the fact Crabtree will be nothing more than a 2 Wr at best.

norcalgsr
03-02-2012, 04:22 AM
Won't ever be a #1 WR running a 4.6 at 211 lbs. Although he did put up a good broad jump, vert, and 3-cone. ;-)

Jimmy
03-02-2012, 07:10 AM
Won't ever be a #1 WR running a 4.6 at 211 lbs. Although he did put up a good broad jump, vert, and 3-cone. ;-)

Anquan and Chad say hi.

Caulibflower
03-02-2012, 07:25 AM
Anquan and Chad say hi.

Jerry Rice says you're forgetting someone.

prock
03-02-2012, 08:18 AM
I can't see him going in round 1. He just doesn't get separation or have much for speed. Great hands and body control, but that sounds more like a #2 receiver in round 2 to me.

Jimmy
03-02-2012, 08:21 AM
I can't see him going in round 1. He just doesn't get separation or have much for speed. Great hands and body control, but that sounds more like a #2 receiver in round 2 to me.

Prock, would you say this sums up Sanu for you?

BIO: Junior entry who leaves school a year early after winning All-Conference Honors, leading respective college in all receiving categories. Performed terribly at the Combine, running poorly and struggling during pass catching drills. Has been used sporadically at QB.

POSITIVES: Nice-sized wide out who consistently makes positive plays for the offense. Extends and catches the pass away from his frame, boxes out defenders and effectively runs after the reception. Adjusts to the errant throw, reaching back to catch the ball without breaking stride. Settles into the open spot on the field, looks the pass into his hands and pulls the throw out of the air. Displays focus, concentration and timing.

NEGATIVES: Not quick off the line of scrimmage, lacks sharpness running routes and overall quickness. Does not have the second gear or have separation downfield.

ANALYSIS: Not as bad as he looked at the Combine but his draft ranking will suffer none the less. A viable possession receiver at the next level who sneaks it downfield on occasion.

Witten4HOF
03-02-2012, 09:36 AM
I think Sanu gets his number called in the mid second round... his numbers forty time does not do him justice but he falls into the stigma of someone who doesn't stretch the field. His hand eye coordination is and body control are elite.. evidence can been seen with his circus catches in the USF and UNC games if you need a visual.

The area that he needs to improve imo is his route running.. he has the lower body strength to explode in and out of his cuts but rounds the top of routes too often. I think a good comparison to what Sanu can be is a young Mushin Muhammed.

norcalgsr
03-02-2012, 03:31 PM
Anquan and Chad say hi.

Boldin is much stronger than Sanu. Chad definitely plays faster than his 4.57 forty.

Sanu plays like the 4.6 guy that he is.

P-L
03-02-2012, 06:23 PM
Anquan and Chad say hi.

Jerry Rice says you're forgetting someone.

Everyone always brings up Boldin and Rice, I just don't get. Boldin ran his 4.72 at the combine with a leg injury. He re-ran the 40 again at his Pro Day, when he still wasn't quite 100%, and got a time in the high 4.5s. Jerry Rice played in his prime 20 years ago. The game has sped up considerably since then. Not to mention that Rice had the best combination of hands and route running of any player to ever play the game.

This isn't a Kendall Wright situation where there is a big discrepancy between the film and the workouts. On film Sanu doesn't play very fast and struggles to separate. I think he's a good player, but he's a definite #2 receiver and isn't going to be taken in the 1st round. He's probably a luxury pick at the end of the 2nd round and is more than likely looking at being picked in the early 3rd round.

Giantsfan1080
03-02-2012, 06:41 PM
I think he'll go within the first 15 picks of the 2nd round now. I thought he could sneak into the top 25 with a good run at the combine but I don't see it happening now.

phlysac
03-02-2012, 07:17 PM
Jerry Rice played in his prime 20 years ago. The game has sped up considerably since then.

Darrell Green and Deion Sanders were two of the fastest players to ever play in the NFL. Jerry Rice's 4.5-4.7 40 (depending on source) ran away from those two, on the field, on several occasions.

Saints-Tigers
03-02-2012, 07:51 PM
Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Drew Brees.. .etc. Lets not bring these guys into any comparisons anymore, they aren't the norm.

I guess the Sanu fans saying we were all crazy for thinking he's slow have some crow to eat. Dude is slow on film, and slower in workouts. Anquan Boldin, he is not.

holt_bruce81
03-02-2012, 08:37 PM
I'm not as high on Sanu as some of you guys are. That doesn't mean I don't think he'll be a very solid #2 at the next level. I just don't see him ever being a #1 Receiver and think he's more of a mid-late 2nd rounder.