NFL Draft 2012: Q&A with Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers Wide Receiver
Welcome to the first installment of Brad Wolff's extensive coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft. Of course you've heard of Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State, but Mohamed Sanu is one of the receivers you should have your eye on for the NFL Draft. The Rutgers defensive back-turned-wide receiver has exceptional playmaking ability, a pair of amazing hands, and the magnificent ability to run a package as an option quarterback. Sanu, the record holder in receptions in Big East history (4th in the nation), is currently projected to be selected in the first round according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. in his first mock draft. Follow Brad on Twitter @Brad_Wolff
Brad Wolff: What do you see as your greatest strength?
Mohamed Sanu: I would say catching the football. I think I run very precise routes and my ability to find a way to get open.
BW: Can you talk about your transition from defensive back, which you were recruited as, to wideout?
MS: First I had to learn all the little fundamentals that it takes to be a wide receiver and make sure I sharpened all those tools. I had to make sure I was the best at it.
BW: What would you say to a scout who questioned you due to the fact you could be categorized as a “raw” receiver only playing a few years at the position?
MS: From watching the film and seeing what I’ve done so far, they’d see I’ve done a pretty job. They would see I have so much to improve on and I’m willing to learn.
BW: What do you think you need to work on the most?
MS: I really just need to keep working on the fundamentals and never stray away from that. Those were the things that got you to where you are now so you just have to keep improving those.
BW: Your 40 time as a high school recruit was 4.43 right? What’s your goal time for the combine?
MS: I would say that would be my goal time again. I just want to go out there and show the teams that I could run fast and that I’m just a fast player.
BW: What are your plans for the NFL Draft process? Who you’re training with, agent, etc.
MS: My plan is to make sure I’m in tip-top shape. I’m down at IMG [Performance Institute] training with some of the best from across the country. My agent is Mike McCartney with Priority Sports
BW: If you could compare yourself to any receiver, who would that be?
MS: I don’t know, but I’ve heard some comparisons to Anquan Boldin. He’s a phenomenal receiver.
BW: What players would you like to similar to by the end of your career?
MS: Obviously I want to be the greatest to ever play the game. Therefore, guys like Jerry Rice and Cris Carter.
BW: Talk about your relationship with your mother, who left Africa in 1975 to come to America and your family life.
[Lenn Robbins from wrote a great article for the New York post on Sanu’s “unusual” family history in September] http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/college/football/unusual_family_life_pushes_wr_to_rKCoUfFxlQvtiBwabRNpdL
MS: I’m very close with my mother and we’re very tight. From our history, I’ve been very close with my brother and sister. They’ve been there through all the rough times and have helped me get to where I am now. My sister is like another mother figure to me and my brother is my father figure. My brother-in-law has made a huge impact on my life. I’m really thankful to have these people in my life.
BW: What difficulties did you find returning to America after going back at age three and having friends who had a leg up on you already playing the sport?
MS: Well, I was five so I really didn’t have that much difficulty. I came in at a pretty good age.
BW: As a quarterback five years ago in high school at South Brunswick, would you be open to being a part of a Brad Smith-like passing package in the pros?
MS: I got to run it in college so I don’t think it would be a problem.
BW: Mohamed Sanu wants to be a member of the ___________ in 2012.
MS: I just want the opportunity to play. It would be an honor to just be able to put a uniform on on Sundays. I’m just looking for to getting the opportunity.
BW: Have you paid attention to any of the draft analysis?
MS: No, I haven’t. I hear stuff from people, texting me and tweeting (@Mo_6_Sanu), and I don’t pay any attention. I’m just praying and practicing to be the best I could be for the combine and my pro day and hoping my name gets called.
BW: You made an impact in the community with the Special Olympics in college. What do you plan on doing in the community you are drafted to? A foundation of your own possibly?
MS: I want to just reach out to the kids in the area and spend time with the kids and get and take a step in their shoes and try to guide them through what they are going through.
BW: What will your coach at Rutgers, Greg Schiano, bring to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their head coach?
MS: I know they’re getting a great human being, a great coach, and a really great leader. I know they’ll be successful.
BW: Patriots or Giants next week. Who do you like?
MS: I don’t know yet, but I’m really excited to watch it.
My vision for this draft coverage is to give the readers and the fans the coverage they need to cover their favorite team and every player in their radar. I am working on extensive big boards for every NFL team based on team needs. Big boards will be ready in February, while mock drafts may begin in March (including a SEVEN round mock draft in April). Exclusive contests for memorabilia of the draft class will be highlighted on the site all the way through draft day. Of course, you will be able to enjoy my exclusive interviews with the players before and after the draft.