With their second selection of the fifth round the Atlanta Falcons selected defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi of Troy. On the surface this pick made a lot more sense than the previous pick of Bradie Ewing. The Falcons have a lot of defensive ends on the roster but outside of John Abraham there is nobody who can consistently get after the quarterback.
I am a pass rusher, hear me roar...
The Atlanta Falcons added their first defensive player in the NFL draft with the fifth-round selection of Troy pass rusher Jonathan Massaquoi on Saturday.
Massaquoi, a cousin of Cleveland Browns receiver and former Georgia standout Mohamed Massaquoi, left school after his junior year. In three seasons with Troy, he started 25 games, finishing his career with 19.5 sacks.
Via AP on Fox
April 28, 2012
Jonathan Massaquoi OLB Troy #94
Impressive motor; fights through the whistle and is very active throughout the play. Decent speed and athleticism for a linebacker; definitely looks the part of a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Does a nice job shedding blocks; has active hands to fight with more physical offensive...
At nearly 25 years of age, Troy’s Jonathan Massaquoi was one of the oldest players in 1-A football in 2011. Thanks to a decision the defensive end made recently, he’ll also be one the older players in the upcoming NFL draft, Brandon “Grandpa” Weeden notwithstanding. Anyway, Trojans head coach Larry Blakeney confirmed in a press release…