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2)  JONATHAN MASSAQUOI (OLB/DE) – Troy University

CBS Sports:         Overall Rank – 135           Position Rank – 15 (OLB)

Scout.com:           Overall Rank – 80+           Position Rank –    6 (OLB)

Draft Position:      Round 3 or 4

Numbers:             6’2, 264   ,  4.89 40-yard  ,  20 bench reps  ,  33.5” vertical jump

December 18, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; Troy Trojans defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi (94) sacks Ohio Bobcats quarterback Boo Jackson (8) during the 2010 New Orleans Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome. Troy defeated Ohio 48-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Massaquoi was only a two-year starter at Troy.  A JUCO transfer in 2009 who redshirted his first season in college and started the next two years.  Enters the draft early foregoing his final season.   The cousin of both Cleveland Brown WR Mohamed Massaquoi and Minnesota Viking TE Visanthe Shiancoe.  Took over DeMarcus Ware’s #94 at Troy and proved to be a relentless pass rusher in the mold of Ware.  Played out of position in college at end and should be a 3-4 OLB in the NFL.

  • Career Stats:

Two-year starter (25 starts) racked up an eye-popping 125 tackles, 31 TFL, 19.5 sacks, 3 PBU, and 2 forced fumbles.  First-team All-SBC Conference in both 2010 and 2011.

  • Pros:

Aggressive and attacking rusher who can force pressure in a variety of ways.  Keeps eyes elevated for good awareness.  Has a relentless motor, explosive burst, and rare suddenness for his position.  Loose hips with movement skills to redirect in a flash.  Filled out frame with good body thickness.  Very long arms and solid at wrapping up.  Very active with excellent pursuit and chases down ball carriers all over the field.  Shrugs off blocks well and constantly in the backfield.  Always plays at full speed and is a very hard worker.

  • Cons:

Plays with inconsistent technique and very raw with hand use.  Overanxious and overaggressive which can often land him out of position.  Can become lazy and upright with pad level.  Questionable instincts and read/react decisions.  Becomes inconsistent in stretches and needs to finish more consistently.

  • Analysis:

Jonathan Massaquoi is a player who was slightly out of position in college and most of the knocks on him are related to his rawness from a lack of lengthy college experience.  He only played two seasons at Troy and appears to be simply more of an unfinished product than lacking ability.  Raw ability can be molded and trained, and there is no denying his heavy production numbers and enormous ability to cause havoc and apply tremendous pressure.

It seems a skillset like Massaquoi’s would make an aggressive DC like Rob Ryan drool over ways he can use him to disrupt the backfield and harass QBs.  If he takes quickly to learning the proper technique, his impressive raw skills could be a force early and supply a quick infusion of pressure to the defense.  With Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware locked in as starters, Massaquoi could be used mostly as a pass rushing specialist where he unquestionably excels.  This would provide the raw product time to polish up his total gameday package.  Seems to be a great fit for what Dallas desires at OLB in 2012.

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Topics: 2012 NFL Draft, 3-4, Abe Elam, Brandon Carr, Brodney Pool, Bruce Carter, Cliff Harris, Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys, Dan Connor, Darren Woodson, DE, Defense, DT, Jay Ratliff, Jerry Jones, Jonathon Massaquoi, Kheeston Randall, Mike Jenkins, NFL Lockout, Nose, Off-season, OLB, Orlando Scandrick, Rob Ryan, Round 2, Round 3, Sean Lee, Terence Newman

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