UPDATE: It turns out Sanu will be a Bengal after all. Cincinnati drafted him — for real this time — with the 83rd overall pick in the third round.
The first round of the 2012 NFL draft will be an especially memorable one for Mohamed Sanu, but not for the reason he wanted. In fact Sanu wasn’t even selected.
The Rutgers wide receiver, who is projected to be a second- or third-round pick, received phone call Thursday (April 26) saying he’d been selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 27th selection. It turns out that the Bengals had really picked Kevin Zeitler and Sanu had become a victim of a terrible prank.
When Sanu’s agent Mike McCartney called the number back, the person on the other end of the line said the whole thing was “just a practical joke,” this according to ESPN.
“It is unreal that someone would do that, but it happened,” McCartney tells Sports Illustrated.
But Sanu is taking the whole thing in stride. After what was probably a trying evening, he writes on Twitter on Friday (April 27), “Thank God for giving me another day and another opportunity to chase my dream.”