Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Player Profile: Mohammad Massaquoi Georgia WR

Pros: Massaquoi has good size and solid straight-line speed. He plays with a high football IQ and understands how to find the soft spots in coverages. The former Bulldog has a knack for making the tough catches and shows great ability on jump balls. Despite his lack of pure speed, he was a deep threat in college. He stepped his game up in his senior year and was a team leader.

Massaquoi runs high, and lacks the explosion needed to consistently get open at the NFL level. He is an average route runner that doesn’t show great ability to break tackles after the catch. While Massaquoi makes tough catches, he drops a lot of the easy ones and doesn’t look extremely comfortable catching passes in stride. In general, consistency was an issue with this Georgia product and considering he’s not going to wow you with his measurables, he needs to address that at the next level.

Scouts Take: After earning freshman All-American honors in his first season Between the Hedges, Massaquoi took a step back in his sophomore and junior campaigns before finishing his college career with a strong senior season. Following a promising start at the Senior Bowl, an injury cost him the opportunity to prove something to scouts. He doesn’t have the great athletic ability or elusiveness NFL teams look for, but he does play smart and hard. The North Carolina native understands the game and is known as a hard worker. He should be able to improve his route running, but teams will be more concerned with his hands at the next level. He was a productive player that was overshadowed by the true freshman star, A.J. Green, last year. Look for Massaquoi to land somewhere in the mid-rounds. He could develop into a solid possession receiver in the NFL with a ceiling of a number two receiver at the next level.

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