Jonathan Massaquoi joins a large group of defensive end prospects who are looking at a future move to outside linebacker.
At 6'2" and 264 pounds, Massaquoi lacks the size and bulk needed to play the traditional DE position, but he's a fluid enough athlete to move to linebacker. His strength is his ability to rush the quarterback, but his fluid hips mean he can develop into a solid coverage linebacker.
Still, Massaquoi is going to make a living by attacking the edge and pressuring the passer.
Mel Kiper Jr. saw the Troy product coming off the board in the middle rounds:
The thing with him is he has tremendously long arms. He's 6-2, very athletic. His impact numbers dropped this year. He didn't produce as many big plays on the run or the pass this year. He dropped from 20.5 TFL to 10 this year. 13.5 sacks down to 6. But they dropped him into coverage some. The system may have caused that drop a little bit. As a 3-4 OLB, I think he can get it done. You can probably pick him up in the early Day 3 area.
Massaquoi should get an opportunity to make an impact early in his career. He'll absolutely be asked to play special teams, and could work his way onto the field in passing situations. His wide range of pass-rush moves will make it difficult for offenses to keep him out of the backfield.
A top-75 defensive player this late in the draft? Absolutely. Solid choice.
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