Jonathan Massaquoi

Draft Grades: Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons had very little to work with as a result of their trade for Julio Jones in last year’s draft. As a result, I’ll evaluate this class based solely on the picks with which they had to work. That said, the Falcons did absolutely nothing to help them in 2012 and added very little by the way of developmental prospects.

Peter Konz was the best center in this year’s class by a wide margin, and he will eventually start for the Falcons. However, I was surprised that they failed to add an instant impact player. The Falcons made last year’s draft all about the present, so what changed about their draft philosophy in one year?

Lamar Holmes was a reach in the 3rd round. He’s a developmental prospect at right tackle and may eventually be shifted inside to guard. He may eventually compete for a starting job, but he likely won’t see the field much in 2012.

Bradie Ewing was the top fullback on my board and I gave him a 5th-round grade. But how does he fit in Atlanta? Ovie Mughelli is the starter and no one keeps two fullbacks these days. He may end up getting cut in training camp.

Jonathan Massaquoi was overrated by the media, likely due to the perception that Troy churns out sleeper prospects. He’s limited athletically, but does have some value in the 5th round. He’ll compete for a backup job at defensive end, but it’s a crowded position on the Falcons depth chart.

Charles Mitchell will compete for the backup strong safety job and should contribute on special teams. He has a good chance to survive the final roster cuts due the lack of depth at safety in Atlanta.

Travian Robertson is a physical lineman who could prove to be a steal if he can stay on the field. He’s suffered a long list of injuries, including two torn ACLs, which may limit his ability to every play a meaningful role in the NFL.

Even taking into account the Falcons limited picks, this was a disappointing draft class. None of their picks will play a significant role in 2012 unless forced into action due to injuries. And in terms of long-term value, only Peter Konz projects as a future starter.

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Jonathan Massaquoi scouting report

Jonathan Massaquoi OLB Troy #94
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 250

 
Strengths:
Impressive motor; fights through the whistle and is very active throughout the play. Decent speed and athleticism for a linebacker; definitely looks the part of a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Does a nice job shedding blocks; has active hands to fight with more physical offensive tackles. Has a nice array of pass rush moves; rip move seems to be his go-to and is consistently effective.
Weaknesses:
Already 24 years old. Primarily lined up at defensive end in college, but likely will need to shift to linebacker in the NFL. Level of competition is a minor concern; played at JUCO before joining Troy. Explosion off the snap is inconsistent. Plays out of control at times; needs to do a better job of staying low to avoid being knocked off course with quick jabs from offensive linemen. Struggles at the point of attack; lacks the lower body strength to hold his ground against physical run blockers.
Comments:
Massaquoi is an good athlete, but unfortunately that works against him at times. He was too athletic for most offensive tackles in the Sun Belt, which has allowed him to develop some bad habits. He is extremely active, but gets carried away at times and plays out of control which make him susceptible to getting knocked down and taken out of the play. At this point Massaquoi is more of a project than a sure thing, but definitely has the skills to be an effective pass rusher at the next level. He may never be a three-down linebacker or lineman, but could be an asset as part of a rotation.
Videos:
2011 vs Western Kentucky
2011 vs Arkansas State
2010 season 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off