No laughing matter for WR Mohamed Sanu

April, 27, 2012
4/27/12
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Every college football player's dream is to get taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu thought it was becoming a reality Thursday night when he received a call from someone identifying himself as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sanu and his entire draft party celebrated. But it got very quiet when they saw guard Kevin Zeitler's name flash across the screen as the Bengals' pick.

It was a prank. Someone thought it would be funny to "punk" Sanu on one of the biggest days of his football career.

Agent Mike McCartney told ESPN's Andrew Brandt that he called the number, which Sanu got off his Caller ID, but the person on the other end of the line showed little remorse, saying it was "just a practical joke." But this was no laughing matter. This was cruel and mean spirited.

This cautionary tale means there now needs to be another item added to the checklist for potential draft picks. They can't just celebrate when getting a call from a team on draft day. They have to conduct an interview of the person on the line. Players have to make sure the call is from a legitimate number and get proper identification of the person calling. That's just sad.

McCartney said Sanu is over the prank and is looking forward to Friday night. Sanu should get selected in the second or third round. Whatever team selects him will get a receiver who has great hands, no fear going over the middle and a special appreciation for getting drafted.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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