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Rutgers WR Sanu, FB Martinek surprise with speed at Rutgers' Pro Day

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had been viewed as one of the 2012 draft's top wide receivers and a possible first round talent prior to a poor showing in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. Sanu was officially clocked at 4.67 seconds by the NFL in Indianapolis. The poor time pushed Sanu down draft boards significantly due to the tightly packed wide receiver rankings.

In shavingmore than two-tenths of a second running for scouts Wednesday at Rutgers' Pro Day, Sanu will be moving right back up the rankings -- perhaps even pushing himself back into the top 32 mix.

The 6-2, 211 pound Sanu was credited with times ranging from 4.41-4.46 in his two attempts at the drill Wednesday, according to Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger. Even better, Sanu transferred his speed into his positional drills, demonstrating the burst out of his breaks and soft, reliable hands that helped him establish a new school and Big East conference record with 115 catches last season.

Media on hand for the workout asked the obvious question. If he's this fast, what happened at the Combine?

"I wasn't feeling too well. I'm not going to lie to you guys," Sanu explained. "I didn't feel well. I was a little drained, a little tired. I didn't have that pop that I usually do. I suffered my first 10 yards."

One scout on hand for the workout, summarized the workout pretty simply. "That's the guy I remember from tape. The Combine time was a stunner and we knew it wasn't indicative of what [Sanu] could do."

While Sanu's improved time perhaps didn't catch scouts off-guard, fullback Joe Martinek certainly did by clocking in the high 4.4s, himself. The 224 pound Martinek, a former running back, made the switch to fullback this past season. With zero traditional fullbacks invited to the Combine this year, Martinek's speed and versatility will certainly boost his stock with scouts.

The Rutgers Pro Day was attended by an estimated 25 NFL teams. Also in attendance was former Rutgers' and current Baltimore Ravens' star running back Ray Rice and former Rutgers' defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.

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