Scouting Report: Mohamed Massaquoi

For many of the draftniks out there, it is never too early to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft. For many Seahawk fans battered by a brutal season, the draft represents a small ray of hope. .Net's Kyle Rota has reviewed the games and has written the reports, including one on this talented player who could be introduced as a new member of your Seattle Seahawks in April.

Name: Mohamed Massaquoi
Position: Wideout
School: Georgia
Height: 6013 E
Weight:200 E
40 Time: 4.47 E

Athleticism: 6.5
Mohamed is a very good athlete, especially with the ball in his hands. He has quick feet and can change directions fairly quickly and without losing his footing while running routes. After the catch, he shows good balance and pretty decent acceleration.
Quickness: 6.0
Balance: 6.5
Fluidity: 6.5

Physical Talents: 6.0
Mohamed is talented, as shown by his very high ranking as a high school prospect. However, he has shown that while his certainly has the size and speed to play in the NFL, he is not a freak talent. He has good height and good weight for the position, and is stronger than I expected when I came in to grade him. He does lack top-end explosion, but has enough for an NFL starter.
Body Type: 6.5
Strength: 6.0
Explosion: 6.0

Polish: 6.5
Massaquoi is a veteran player who has learned some of the tricks of the position. He knows how to sell his routes, where the first down marker is, and how to use his body to make catches and draw flags on the player covering him. He seemed to be on the same page as his quarterback and looks to have a proper understanding of the playbook.
Understands Playbook: 6.0
Proper Technique: 7.0
Instincts: 6.5

Competitiveness: 6.0
Massaquoi keeps his head into the game this year, which he did not a few years ago, but he does sometimes try to do too much and suffers because of it. He went over the middle a lot for Georgia and took hits without fear, which earned him points in my book because a lot of college WRs hear footsteps. He consistently used his hands to catch the ball and would fight for the first down, but he also made a few big errors trying to make plays for his team (2 fumbles in the 4th quarter of tough game vs Kentucky, but then ripped a huge catch-and-run that set up the go-ahead TD). If he can be convinced to work harder blocking this grade could rise.
Toughness: 6.0
Consistency: 6.5
Clutch Play: 5.5
Effort: 6.5

Football Character: 6.5 Seems to be developing as a leader for Georgia, taking the young freshman phenom AJ Green under his wing.
Personal Character: 6.5 No red flags, seems like a good kid who could embrace the community he is drafted into.
Durability: 6.0 Been injured a bit, but nothing serious and has played 13 game seasons.

Wideout Specific Skills:
Consistency Catching: 7.5 He has struggled with drops earlier in his career, but didn't drop a single pass in the 4 games I graded. Uses hands.
Initial Quicks: 6.0 He doesn't eat cushion especially quick, but isn't slow either.
Clean Release: 6.5 Rarely jammed, probably because he is crafty enough to get past it quickly.
Routes: 6.0 Shows good depth and has good burst in his routes, but rounds his cuts when working inside.
Tough Catches: 6.5 Went over the middle constantly and caught everything needed. No jaw-dropping catches, but takes hits and holds onto most balls.
Run After Catch: 6.0 He runs aggressively and with good burst, but lacks the elite speed to outrun a cornerback ahead of him. League-average for an NFL starter.
Deep Threat: 6.5 He shows the ability to get surprisingly open against some fast secondaries. Has a second gear despite not being a burner.
Blocking: 5.5 I feel he could improve his blocking. On screens, he was aggressive, but mostly he is a pester blocker who gets in the way of defenders but doesn't dominate them.
Errors: 6.0 He made a couple crucial fumbles against Kentucky, but otherwise was fine. I don't think he is mistake prone.

Summary: I went in with very low expectations because the Massaquoi I remembered was mistake prone and a dropper like Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson, only in the 2009 draft. Instead, I saw a guy who showed great hands, ran good routes, and took a leadership role without hurting Stafford's place. In the end, he's not a particularly flashy player because he lacks great size or speed, but he is the kind of player who will take a year or two then become a very good 3rd wideout, and after a couple more years will be ready to become an asset as a #2 WR.

Final Grade: 5.9

 

Kyle Rota is better known as Rotak in NET Nation. Kyle also has his own blog that can be reached at: http://collegescout.wordpress.com/. If you would like to email Kyle you can do so by clicking here.

 



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