04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 5/164 - Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, 6-2, 264, Troy...He will be expected to provide some depth at the defensive end position. His experience on special teams will help him make the roster. He is from the same school that has produced DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora. - The Sports Xchange
A two-year starter, Jonathan Massaquoi was one of the top recruits from the state of Georgia and committed to Troy out of high school, but struggled to qualify and enrolled at Butler Country Community College. He led the team with 96 tackles and 20.0 sacks as a freshman and transferred to Troy after the 2008 season.
After redshirting in 2009, he became a starter in 2010 as a sophomore (13 starts), recording a conference-best 20.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks with 76 tackles, 1 pass break-up and 1 forced fumble, earning First Team All-SBC honors. Massaquoi started all 12 games in 2011 as a junior, finishing with 52 tackles and a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks with 2 pass break-ups and 1 forced fumble, earning First Team All-SBC honors. He decided to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
Massaquoi, who is the cousin of two current NFL players -- Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe -- was a productive and relentless pass rusher the past two seasons at Troy, wearing the same jersey number as former Troy pass rusher DeMarcus Ware (#94). Massaquoi played out of position as an end in Troy's three-man front and probably projects best as a stand-up hybrid OLB in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Massaquoi has an excellent combination of explosiveness and sudden movement ability, flashing the potential to be a big-time pass rusher in the Trent Cole-mold, but he is unpolished at this point in his development and is probably more of an athlete than football player. He is very rough around the edges, but his pass rush upside and ability to create pressure are extremely intriguing.
Pass rush: Can get to the quarterback in a variety of ways and is active with twists and stunts. Aggressive and attacking rusher. Needs to improve his body positioning and allows himself to be tangled up, lacking the upper body strength to quickly stack and shed. Plays with inconsistent technique and is still very raw with his hand use.
Run defense: Keeps his eyes elevated with good awareness. Needs to show better discipline and play assignment football, too often losing contain and playing reckless. Gets himself in trouble when he allows his frame to get upright and can be lazy with his pad level. Often overanxious and overaggressive with questionable instincts and anticipation - strong concerns about his read/react ability.
Explosion: Shows quick initial get-off with explosive burst and rare suddenness for the position. Loose hips with the movement skills to redirect in a flash.
Strength: Possesses a filled-out frame with good body thickness. Has done a nice job spending time in the weight room getting stronger, adding over 50 pounds since his senior year in high school. Has the raw strength to shrug off blocks with his fast playing style.
Tackling: Has good length with vines for arms to wrap ballcarriers. Chases down the action with excellent pursuit skills, playing at full speed with a hard working attitude. Constantly in the backfield, but leaves production on the field and needs to consistently finish.
Intangibles: Was productive in his two seasons on the field at Troy, collecting a combined 31.0 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks - led the team in both categories each of last two seasons. Shorter than ideal and lacks the ideal size to keep his hand on the ground. Played mostly in three-point stance as an end in Troy's three-man front and lacks a natural position for the next level. Has been known to take a few plays off and will disappear for stretches. Coming off a pedestrian season compared to his 2010 production.
-- Dane Brugler