Yesterday, we took a look at some potential rookies who could step in and replace DeSean Jackson should the two sides fail to agree on a new deal (or the franchise tag isn’t applied).
But there’s one guy on that list we probably should have included–Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu. Sanu is only 6-2, 215-pounds, but is a physical receiver that can stretch the field and go the distance every time he touches the ball. He would provide an excellent compliment to Jeremy Maclin and create matchup nightmares for opposing secondaries.
Sanu leaves Rutgers after three seasons at Rutgers where he compiled 210 total catches for 2,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. His best season came in 2011, when he finished with 115 catches for 1,206 yards and seven scores. And he was a model of consistency, recording at least five catches in all but one game.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. rates Sanu as the fourth best receiver in the draft and currently projects him as a late first round selection. Kiper writes:
Sanu is the type of guy who can stretch the field and be a huge threat…Sanu is hugely productive, creates space, has good speed and can contribute early.
The key here, obviously, is that he’s a guy who can contribute early. The Eagles need to win. And they need to win now which means that Jackson is still likely the best option–but keep an eye on Sanu, a guy the Eagles could trade back into the first round to grab if needed.
Check out Sanu’s highlight reel after the jump.