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Mohamed Sanu prank-called in first round of 2012 NFL Draft

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Sanu was the victim of a cruel prank call on Thursday.
In our 2012 NFL Draft first round winners and losers post early Friday morning, I didn't mention the story of Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu. But man, he had a brutal Thursday night as he waited/hoped to be called.

And he did get a phone call. Just not the one he wanted.

The person on the other end of the phone said he was with the Bengals and that they were selecting him with the No. 27 pick. Predictably, Sanu lit up with joy. The problem, though, was that the Bengals weren't calling Sanu. No NFL team was.

Instead, it was a prank-call, and it worked.

"This is a great kid, I guarantee you, and someone played a cruel joke on him," his agent, Mike McCartney told Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "It is unreal that someone would do that, but it happened."

Sanu wasn't considered a first-round guy, but he probably should be drafted sometime Friday. As Rob Rang explained in his recent Big Board explanation, “There are plenty of receivers in the 2012 draft with greater speed and natural playmaking ability than Sanu. But for my money few are safer NFL prospects than the former Rutgers star ... The 6-2, 211-pound Sanu has the bulk and physicality to play immediately at split end as well as move inside. That versatility will get him onto the field early in his career. His toughness and dedication will keep him there.”

He'll need his toughness on the field -- and apparently to deal with the scum off it.

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