Despite his lack of top-end speed, Mohamed Sanu has a lot of upside to be one of the better receivers in this year's class.
He caught 115 passes for 1,206 yards for Rutgers last season. According to his former coach, Greg Schiano, Sanu was a great presence in the locker room.
Sanu's lack of elite speed is well documented, but he has good strength and balance that allows him to separate quickly off the line and make tough catches in traffic.
Here is CBS Sports.com's overview on Sanu:
He verified his lack of elite speed at the Scouting Combine when his best 40-yard dash was 4.62. His 19 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press is probably more of an indicator of how he plays the game. Sanu is a physically tough player who is unafraid to do anything necessary to catch the ball. After the catch he has moves to elude tacklers, strength to run through others and if that doesn't work he has a jolting stiff arm.
Sanu would be an excellent fit as a slot receiver early on in his career. He is not going to run by a lot of defensive backs, but he is explosive and gets separation off the line quickly.
He also has great toughness and is not afraid to lay his body out over the middle.
As the value of the slot receiver in the NFL continues to increase, so will's Sanu's value in the NFL.
No doubt about it, this pick was one of necessity. The Bengals have "no adequate No. 2" on their roster. Will Sanu rise to the occasion? Only time will tell, but Cincy put themselves in a position to find out.