Draft Scout Snapshot: 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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Draft Scout Jonathan Massaquoi News
06/02/12 - DE Jonathan Massaquoi signed a four-year contract with the Falcons.
Massaquoi, 6-3, 264 pounds, was selected as the second of two fifth round picks (164th overall). He started all 25 games he played in at Troy, recording 128 tackles (78 solo) with 19.5 sacks for minus 138 yards, 31.0 stops for loss, 12 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three passes defensed and one blocked kick. His 19.5 sacks rank 12th in school history and his 31 tackles for loss rank third in team annals. Last season, Massaquoi was named to preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Trophy, and the Ted Hendricks Award as well as for the Pony Express Award.
05/18/12 - DE Jonathan Massaquoi, a fifth-round draft pick from Troy, has dropped 16 pounds and hopes to regain the quickness that helped him lead the Sun Belt Conference with 13.5 sacks two seasons ago. The Falcons are hoping that he can land a spot in the defensive end rotation and keep pressure on quarterbacks when John Abraham has to take a break.
He played last year at 275 pounds, but was down to 259 for the rookie minicamp.
"He looks a lot leaner than he did during the season," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "He has very good speed around the corner."
04/30/12 - 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
02/23/12 - 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
02/16/12 - 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