During Detroit's private workout with Georgia quarterback and No. 1 prospect Matthew Stafford last week, Scout.com's Ed Thompson is reporting that the Lions also took notable interest in one of Stafford's practice targets: Mohamed Massaquoi.
The Lions will be looking to add a No. 3 receiver -- possibly with an earlier pick -- in April's draft. And if they're intent on selecting Stafford No. 1, as many have predicted, why not ease his transition with his college teammate?
Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi
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Thompson said that Massaquoi has also been drawing interest from a number of other teams. The Jay Cutler-led Chicago Bears will be working out the Bulldogs receiver in less than a week. Then he heads to Tennessee and Dallas for official visits with the Titans and the Cowboys.
And he's already worked out for the New England Patriots, who have shown such strong interest in the First-Team All-SEC player that they sent their offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach to Georgia's Pro Day.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver has prototypical size for the NFL and has been drawing a lot of attention from teams since improving or matching all of his Combine numbers during Georgia's Pro Day.
The Lions, meanwhile, have two third-round picks to spend, a round in which Massaquoi is expected to land.
While projecting a fearless attitude about going across the middle to make catches, Massaquoi rang-up 58 catches for 920 yards and scored eight touchdowns during his final year at Georgia.
"My high school coach used to always say that you're going to get hit anyway, so you might as well go across and catch it," he told Scout.com during a phone interview.
Massaquoi's maturity and poise are undoubtedly earning him points with talent evaluators as well. It's obvious that he's a player who's not going to be easily distracted at the next level.
"I'm a guy who will help with the locker room chemistry, who loves to play the game and who loves life," he said.