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Prospect Profiles: Jonathan Massaquoi


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-2, 264, 4.83



Looks a lot taller than his frame would suggest because of his long arms. Possesses noticeable length for his size on tape and does a nice job extending his arms into contact. However, isn’t a real natural bender, doesn’t sit into his stance well, keeps his butt up, head down and stands upright off the snap. Doesn’t generate much natural explosion out of his stance and isn’t a guy who can reach the edge with speed from a three point stance. Showcases some natural power into contact on his bull rush, extends his long arms well and works his hands in order to shed through contact. However, gets upright and bigger. Stronger NFL offensive tackles are going to be able to gain leverage and engulf on contact. Doesn’t showcases the ability to drop his pad level around the corner and isn’t overly sudden when asked to slip on contact.

Looks a little more sudden standing up from a two-point stance or when asked to stunt inside however, again, I don’t see a real sudden/explosive element to his game as a pass rusher.

Doesn’t do a great job finding the football vs. the run game. Will take himself out of plays and is slow to decipher information at times. Extends his arm well into contact, which allows him to shed and keep himself clean. However, pad level again is too upright at the point, which will allow opposing blockers to get under and into his frame driving him down the field.

Does have some experience dropping off into coverage. Displays some foot quickness and tries to sit low into his drop. However, is tighter when asked to change directions and doesn’t have a ton of closing speed/range off his frame in any area of the game.

Impression: An effective small-school pass rusher because of his length. However, isn’t a real flexible kid, lacks a sudden/explosive element to his game and looks more like a reserve only to me.



• Can bend the edge and win with quickness
• Tracks down backs from behind
• Flashes violence in his hands
• Good closing burst
• Showed legit pass-rush skill as a junior


• Not tough or physical
• Cannot set the edge
• Average instincts
• Disinterested vs. run
• Overpowered by TEs
• Weight ballooned as a junior
• Can be difficult to coach, manage

The Way We See It:

Immature, finesse rusher who regressed as a junior after stacking on 20 pounds and negating his elite speed. Soft football temperament could relegate him to a pass-rush-specialist role. Coachability concerns could diminish his value.

FF Toolbox:

Jonathan Massaquoi was a surprise late addition to the record-setting 65 underclassmen to declare early for the 2012 NFL Draft. Massaquoi had a solid junior year, but remains relatively under the clock. Part of his decision may have to do with the fact that he is 24 years old.

Massaquoi was a standout for Troy and looks like he will transition to 3-4 outside. With his big bulk, he’s able to overpower blockers at the line. He lacks elite speed, but flashes a nice quick burst off the line. He’s typically looking to collapse the pocket and back his man into the quarterback. Massaquoi uses his leverage well and gets his pad level low to move his man. He’s an able tackler who can too often look for the big hit.

He’s a project since he spent the majority of his collegiate career at defensive end. It is going to be a big transition (especially when he’s asked to learn coverages), but he has fluid hips that show some promise. His football IQ doesn’t stand out to me because he’s not that great in pursuit, but he’ll need to be the type of player who simply outworks and plays with hustle to be a regular contributor in the NFL


GiantsGab Thoughts:

Jonathan Massaquoi is an undersized defensive end prospect, who is also being looked at as an outside linebacker.Good burst. Athletic. Long arms, uses his hands well. Not going to make an impact versus the run. Lower level of competition. Needs to bulk up. Massaquoi has potential as a pass rush specialist who can stand up or put his hand in the dirt. 3rd or 4th round. Massaquoi could be used in a Kiwanuka type role. Rush as a linebacker, rush as an end. Too small to rush inside, although he could stunt. He will have to bulk up, but if he can keep his speed, Massaquoi looks like a guy who could give you 5 to 6 sacks a year from a variety of different places. Plus, the Giants have had some success with pass rushers from Troy.



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