At 6’ 2” 215, with an athletic body, Sanu is a solidly built, powerful receiver, with good RAC potential. Exhibiting excellent agility and body control, he works all areas of the field, breaks tackles, and is elusive in space, with punt return and running back skills. He won’t consistently stretch the field vertically, but he hits top gear in a hurry, showing good burst both coming out of breaks and post-reception. Most of his completions are quick slants, outs, and digs, with his big play ability coming in yards after the catch. However, he has shown ability to work routes deeper down the field, though he was rarely given the opportunity in college. The Rutgers route tree looks more like a poorly fertilized small shrub, and the quarterbacks were some of the most erratic passers seen in game footage this year (think Tyler Palko in a typhoon). As such, Sanu was a severely underutilized weapon. As a work in progress, he’s similar to Greg Little, with pure athleticism and running back skills, but has multiple areas of needed development. But, considering that he’s only played wide receiver full time for two years, he’s probably further along than one would have reason to expect. As such, there is reason to foresee him cleaning up his route running, learning the nuances of beating zone coverages, and becoming a surer catcher of the ball. Right now, he’s raw, but three years from now he could be an explosive, dependable receiver, who puts up near pro bowl numbers over the course of a ten or eleven year career.
He maintains good pad level when accelerating off the line or changing direction. He’s a tough kid, with no fear of going over the middle, and he maneuvers well through traffic, not getting knocked off stride by downfield contact. Displays plus athleticism in battling for the ball, or adjusting to the poorly thrown pass. After the catch, he’s a strong runner, with better than average burst, and a strong lower core that powers through arm tackles. Has the size, strength, and demeanor to consistently beat press coverage. Showcases impressive lateral agility and quick change of direction skills. In the run game, he’s a sound, physical blocker, who hustles to get involved, even far downfield. There were multiple examples this year of him blowing up defensive backs with hellacious hits. He’s also elusive as a runner, having taken a significant number of snaps at Rutgers at running back and wildcat quarterback. With the ball in his hands he looks most comfortable, a smooth, polished runner with a definite suddenness to his game.
At this point in his development, Sanu is just an average route runner; he’ll alternate between clean, crisp cuts and more rounded-off routes. The ability is clearly there, and it seems to be more a lack of reps than any laziness or inattention to detail. For Sanu, catching is the biggest concern; he’ll drop one or two balls every game. He’s not a natural hands catcher of the ball, especially in traffic, where athleticism will get him into position to make a tough catch, but he inconsistently pulls it in.; however, he will make the occasional highlight reel, circus catch. He’s extremely raw, and will require a learning curve. And, there’s no guarantee that his immense promise will ever be fulfilled.