NEW BRUNSWICK NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Mohamed Sanu #6 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights runs the ball against the Norfolk State Spartans at Rutgers Stadium on September 2 2010 in New Brunswick New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights beat the Spartans 31 - 0. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Early during the predraft process, the Cincinnati Bengals hosted Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Cincinnati is in need of a No. 2 wide receiver and Sanu and a 6-2 wide receiver weighing well over 200 pounds could fit that billing -- at least at some point after the first round. Unfortunately, according to Peter King with Sports Illustrated, some clown called Sanu, identifying himself with the Bengals, saying that the team "was about to pick him." Obviously the Bengals didn't, selecting Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler at No. 27.
I think I'll get to a lot more of this in Monday's column, but I'd like to throw some empathy Mohamed Sanu's way. The Rutgers wide receiver was on the edge of his seat late in the first round, with the Bengals on the clock at No. 27, when his phone rang. The voice on the other end of the phone identified himself as being from the Bengals, and said Cincinnati was about to pick him. Sanu and those in his draft party exploded in excitement, and agent Mike McCartney even tweeted that Sanu was a Bengal. Then Cincinnati pick Zeitler.
"This is a great kid, I guarantee you, and someone played a cruel joke on him,'' McCartney told me. "It is unreal that someone would do that, but it happened.'' Sanu told McCartney after the draft not to worry about him, he'd be fine, and some team will draft him and get a good player. McCartney's right. Sanu must be a good kid, to respond to something that hurtful with an attitude so hopeful.
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