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Miss. State's Cox, Rutgers' Sanu leaving for NFL

Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:44 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:41 pm
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Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu announced they will declare for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Cox is the No. 3-ranked defensive tackle prospect eligible for the 2012 draft and the No. 16-ranked overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He is also No. 22 on Rob Rang's Big Board.

"God works in many ways," Cox told the New York Times. "He answered my prayer and I knew deep down in my heart it was time for me to go."

The 6-4, 295-pound first-team All-SEC pick is a third-year junior who racked up 5.0 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2011. He has experience playing inside and outside for the Bulldogs, and possesses excellent size, strength and athleticism to be a fit in any NFL scheme.

Cox is considered anywhere from a mid-first to early-second round pick, and currently is projected at No. 28 in Rang's Mock Draft and No. 32 by Dane Brugler.

Sanu is the No. 4-ranked wide receiver and No. 29-ranked overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, and No. 26 on Rang's Big Board. He set Big East and school records with 115 receptions in 2011.

"It was a tough decision, because I was definitely thinking about coming back," Sanu said during a press conference. "I'm going to miss the family, the cohesiveness of being around my teammates every day.

"I'm emotionally attached to this team. ... We have such a tight bond, and I love all these guys."

The 6-2, 215-pound junior owns the school career record with 210 receptions (210) and his 2,263 receiving yards are fourth in school history.

"I think he's going to be a great pro athlete," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano told The Star-Ledger. "He's been a great person and a great representative of Rutgers.

"As great an athlete he is, he's an even better person."

Sanu is 30th is Rang's current Mock Draft, and postseason workouts will be critical in determining whether he makes it into the first round.

While Sanu has great size and hands, some NFL scouts question his deep speed and ability to create separation from defensive backs at the next level. Sanu is also experienced with the ball in his hands, rushing for 653 yards and nine touchdowns during his career as he ran the Wildcat during his first two seasons, which contributes to his ability to break tackles and generate yards after the catch.


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