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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB

School: Troy  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 264 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Latest News
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

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 62. Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB, Troy, 6-2, 250, 2-3...Some NFL teams think Massaquoi is an untapped talent who might have benefitted more if he played college at a higher level with more expectations and better competition. He has an interesting combination of strength and agility that served him well at that level without showing much technique. Massaquoi made a stop at Butler Community College before going to Troy in 2010. He was as named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year going into the 2011 season and finished his two-year career with 128 tackles, including 31 for a loss and 19.5 sacks. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/16/2012 - In recent seasons, the Troy program has produced some good-to-excellent pass rush prospects, the most famous, of course, DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys. The latest, and a player drawing solid attraction, especially from 3-4 teams, is Jonathan Massaquoi. The cousin of Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, and a native of Liberia, the Troy standout told the Sports Xchange that he "pays attention all the time" to Ware's performances. "He kind of established a legacy of pass-rushers here," said Massaquoi, who had 18.5 sacks his final two seasons. "He's what everybody who comes through here wants to be." Massaquoi, who was listed at Troy at 270 pounds, is more in the 250 range. But he has long arms, like Ware, and a good get-off. The Troy legacy probably won't enhance his profile with scouts, but it won't hurt, either. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/13/2012 - Troy junior defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi announced Friday that he will enter the 2012 National Football League Draft and forgo his senior year of eligibility with the Trojans. "I sure hate to lose him," Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said. "I think he could have come back and had his best year at Troy, but you don't ever know. He has already graduated, didn't have a particular master's program he was interested in and is 24-years old. He felt like it was the best time for him. His clock is ticking and the NFL is the hardest job in America to get and definitely the hardest one to keep." Massaquoi finished his two-year Troy career with 128 tackles, 31.0 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks. The native of Lawrenceville, Ga., was named the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year prior to the 2011 season and was a first team all-conference selection following his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also named to the 2011 preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Trophy, the Ted Hendricks Award as well as for the Pony Express Award. Massaquoi transferred to Troy prior to the 2009 season after spending one season at Butler Community College. - Troy football

01/06/2012 - Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said he sent off tape of junior defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi to NFL scouts for an assessment. Massaquoi, 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds and a first-team all-conference player for the last two years, is an NFL prospect but has another year of eligibility. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft is Jan. 15. Massaquoi turns 24 in May. - Drew Champlin, The Dothan Eagle

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL), has been selected All-Sun Belt Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season. Massaquoi came on strong at the end of the season for the Trojans as he finished the year with 6.0 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. The dominate defensive end did so despite receiving lots of attention from extra blockers throughout the season. Massaquoi recorded 52 total tackles with 29 solo stops to go along with a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. - Troy football

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Jonathan Massaquoi - The junior is being touted as not only one of the top defensive players in the Sun Belt, but also the country. He'll be a tough match for Clemson's offensive tackles. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: Jonathan Massaquoi - Troy has had a line of NFL talent at defensive end, and Massaquoi was among the nation's leaders in sacks and tackles for loss last year. He can completely change a game on defense. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. Massaquoi was among the national leaders in 2010 with 20.5 tackles for loss, including 13.5 sacks. His hits behind the line resulted in a total of 111 lost yards for Troy's opponents and he also recovered three fumbles in his first season for the Trojans. - Troy football

07/19/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL), is just the third Trojan in Troy's eight years in the Sun Belt Conference to earn a preseason player of the year nod. Linebacker Bernard Davis earned the same honor for Troy in 2005 and quarterback Omar Haugabook was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year in 2007. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native, who has been named to preseason watch lists for the Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik Awards, said he is honored to be recognized by the league's coaches, but knows that there is still much work to be done to live up to the honor. "For me, this means that I have to continue to work hard and do the things that I have been doing to get me to where I am," Massaquoi said. "It also means that teams will have a target on me all season, but I know the guys around me will be ready to give everything they have to help this team win, and that is the most important thing." Troy coach Larry Blakeney, who will be in his 21st season as the Trojans' head coach, said he thinks Massaquoi is deserving of the preseason accolades he has been receiving. He knows the junior has been putting in the work to get ready for the season. "He looks like he has been working hard during the off-season because he is a little bigger and stronger," Blakeney said. "He is in shape and is preparing well. He has done a lot as a player already and is deserving of the preseason recognition. - Troy football

07/19/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE (COACHES): Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL), has been selected Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference football for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the Sun Belt Head Coaches and Media Representatives. Massaquoi was among the national leaders in 2010 with 20.5 tackles for loss, including 13.5 sacks. His hits behind the line resulted in a total of 111 lost yards for Troy's opponents and he also recovered three fumbles in his first season for the Trojans. - Troy football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Massaquoi, who was also named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the Sun Belt Conference, was the only player from the league named to the Walter Camp list and was one of only 10 defensively players named to the list. Only two other defensive ends - North Carolina senior Quinton Coples and Pittsburgh junior Brandon Lindsey - were included on the list. In addition to the Walter Camp Award and the Sun Belt Conference recognition, Massaquoi was also named to watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bednarik Award and, along with junior linebacker Kanorris Davis, to the watch list for the inaugural Pony Express award. Massaquoi was among the national leaders in 2010 with 20.5 tackles for loss, including 13.5 sacks. - Troy football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy, (1st Team All-Sun Belt, 4th in the nation with 13.5 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy, DE, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Massaquoi posted 76 total tackles in 2010 including a team-leading 20.5 tackles for losses of 111 yards. He also recorded 13.5 sacks for 97 yards and recovered three fumbles. He ranks third among all returning players in TFL and second in sacks. "These are both very prestigious awards and it is exciting for me to even be nominated," Massaquoi said. "The recognition and pressure that comes along with these watch lists is there, but there is also the pressure that I put upon myself, the belief I have in myself and the guys around me, that is most important." - Troy football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jonathan Massaqoui, Troy, DE, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Massaquoi posted 76 total tackles in 2010 including a team-leading 20.5 tackles for losses of 111 yards. He also recorded 13.5 sacks for 97 yards and recovered three fumbles. He ranks third among all returning players in TFL and second in sacks. Massaquoi was the only player from the Sun Belt Conference on the Bednarik Watch List and was one of only five players from BCS non-automatic qualifing conference in the FBS. Trojans coach Larry Blakeney, who knows a thing or two about top quality defensive ends after having coaches Demarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora, among others, said Massaquoi is certainly deserving of the recognition. "He is a fine athlete, especially for his position at defensive end," Blakeney said. "He is also a very hard worker and understands what you have to do to get your body in shape. I am very proud of his play to this point and I think he has a chance to really be an outstanding college football player. He is a deserving candidate for the Bednarik Award." - Troy football

06/22/2011 - UNDERCLASSMAN BREAKOUT CANDIDATES: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE/OLB, Troy: The next Troy pass rusher went Fairley's route, attending Butler County Community College out of high school and racking up 11?? sacks in his only season there. After redshirting in 2009, he busted out with an All-Sun Belt season (20?? tackles for loss, 13?? sacks) by using a strong first step and low center of gravity to turn the corner as a pass rusher. Before the Liberia native joins cousins Visanthe Shiancoe (Minnesota Vikings tight end) and Mohamed Massaquoi (Cleveland Browns wide receiver) in the NFL, he'll need to use his hands to disengage from blockers more consistently. But like last year, when defensive tackle Mohammed Wilkerson really made his name as Temple took on Penn State early in the season, Massaquoi has two chances to impress scouts in September road games at Clemson and Arkansas. Big performances in one or both contests against ACC and SEC competition will get him on the top-50 radar. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

 
Latest News
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

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