third round picks
One of the stranger stories to come out of the first round of the draft concerned Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
With Cincinnati on the clock for the 27th pick, Sanu was prank called by someone claiming to be a Bengals representative informing Sanu that the team was making him their pick. The Bengals wound up taking Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler while Sanu and his family looked on in shock.
Fast forward to Friday night and the Bengals on the clock for the 82nd pick. Sanu’s phone rang again, but this time it was actually the Bengals doing the calling. They selected Sanu with that pick and putting a fitting coda on an odd little chapter of the 2012 Draft.
It’s particularly good for Sanu because he is going to have every opportunity to earn playing time with the Bengals. They are looking for a reliable option opposite A.J. Green and Sanu could fit the bill. He’s not exceptionally fast, but he’s strong with good hands and he runs routes well. Green can stretch the field and Sanu can work underneath to give Andy Dalton targets on multiple levels this season.
The Bengals also selected DT Brandon Thompson out of Clemson in round three.