Third-round Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is durable, reliable, versatile, good hands, smart, crafty, and no diva traits. His M.O. fits the classic NFL No. 2 receiver job description.
The Bengals think he's a slightly bigger and a little faster than T.J. Houshmandzadeh. If Sanu can do for A.J. Green what Houshmandzadeh did for Chad Johnson, the Bengals have a Pro Bowl-type guy that catches 80 to 90 balls a year in and out of the slot.
But don't underestimate the one speed receiver the Bengals did draft in the fifth round in Cal's Marvin Jones. How he slipped there with his size (6-1) and speed (4.46) is a mystery, but the word is there wasn't much tape to go on because the quarterbacking wasn't great out there.
Draft guru Rob Rang of CBSSports.com was on this guy early and often. A few days before the draft he picked out Jones as a guy for the Bengals if they went running back early and chose to get the receiver later.
Rang compared Jones's Senior Bowl to the one Chad Johnson had in 2001. A West Coast guy that came out of nowhere to fly up the draft board. Rang said no receiver since Johnson in '01 had such a coming-out party as Jones in Mobile and that's where Bengals receivers coach James Urban first saw the scouting reports come to life and was immediately impressed.
For what it's worth, beat writer Joe Reedy predicted that Jones would win the WR2 to start the season.