After a first round-prank, Mohamed Sanu of Rutger was ultimately selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 3.
South Brunswick, NJ
August 22, 1989 (22)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Junior)
South Brunswick High School
2011 All Big East First Team
Big East’s and Rutgers’ all-time leading reception leader (210)
What they're saying ...
The Bengals took the receiver from Rutgers in the third round on Friday night, a little salve for a player was the target of a cruel prank a night earlier. When Cincinnati was getting ready to make the 27th overall pick in the opening round on Thursday, someone called Sanu pretending to be from the Bengals with good news....
Even though they had nothing to do with it, the Bengals called Sanu to console him before the draft resumed on Friday. He was on their list of receivers they would consider as a complement to A.J. Green later in the day.
When the third round started and Sanu was still available, the Bengals decided to pick him. Receivers coach James Urban had given him the number of his cell phone, and used it to make the congratulatory call.
"I said, ‘Hey Mo, it’s James Urban. You want to be a Bengal — this time, for real?’" Urban said.
Cincinnati badly needed a WR and Rutgers Mohamed Sanu (6-2, 211) slipped to them in the 3rd round at the 83rd overall pick. Sanu set the Big East record for most receptions in a single season (115) and arrives with a reputation as a precise route runner to place opposite home-run hitter WR A.J. Green.