My initial thought based on what everyone had been saying was that Sanu was a solid WR who might be a nice selection at 30 (I'm a 49ers fan). Being as a few mocks had the 49ers taking Sanu, I decided to watch some video of him myself. I wasn't impressed. Saw someone who has pretty good ball skills and could work the middle of the field, but saw below average speed and separation ability (at best), and someone who wasn't nearly close to being worthy of a 1st round pick, nor even a 2nd round pick. A few weeks ago while hanging around in the MTD mock draft thread, I brought up Sanu after being selected early in the 2nd (I believe), and told the selector that he was crazy. Someone was adamant that Sanu was more than worthy of the pick, and after watching Sanu myself, I made my points.
Today, I was browsing ESPN's rankings, and not surprisingly, I saw they had Sanu ranked as the 16th overall WR, and graded him as a 69. This sparked me to make this post. A few excerpts from ESPN's scouting report:
"Physical route runner that used frame to shield defenders from the ball. Shows some savvy with the angles of his stems and the leverage he uses. However, he does not explode off the line of scrimmage and he has marginal suddenness. He has to gear down too much on comeback routes. He lacks adequate explosiveness out of his breaks. Has a terrible time getting off the press. Most catches are contested... top-end speed is marginal."
"Above average ball skills. Shows good hand-eye coordination. Displays ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Good overall body control. Makes some acrobatic grabs."
"Timed slow at combine and plays slow on the tape we've studied. Not explosive enough to recover when gets slowed down near the line. Lacks good initial burst after the catch and will not consistently make first defender miss, let alone string multiple moves together in space."
I'm not using this to defend my opinion, just giving the opinion of someone else, one who's obviously watched more tape than I have. I'm also curious to see how other people feel about him. Feel free to tell me what round you think he'll go in and why.
On another WR note, I'm not surprised Brian Quick is starting to rise and getting selected in the 2nd round in certain mocks. Many including myself had him as a sleeper a while ago and it seems as more and more tape is being watched people are realizing why this kid can be really good.
For fun, this is how I'd rank the WR's in this class
1. Michael Floyd -- more upside than Blackmon, haven't seen much I don't like
2. Justin Blackmon -- will likely be a very good WR, but see too much Crabtree in him
3. Stephen Hill -- high upside w/ that physical talent
4. Kendall Wright -- tons of speed, but seems more like a slot guy
5. Alshon Jeffery -- amazing receiving skills, but his size/speed scares me
Some might be surprised I have Jeffery this higher than a couple others, but I don't see a huge gap between him and Blackmon. Blackmon is certainly better, but I don't see a huge difference in upside. Only thing that scares me in Jeffery is the size/speed issue, as I said. He has a bit of a size advantage on Blackmon, but if he's playing at 230-235, I don't think he'll be nearly as effective.