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Mohamed Massaquoi (WR)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
College: Georgia
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: Independence
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Selected by: Cleveland Browns
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 18 (50)
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Pick Analysis: The Browns continue to fortify their receiving corps with the selection of Massaquoi. The former Bulldog is a big, physical receiver with the starting potential. Though he has a penchant for dropping passes, Massaquoi put together a solid senior season and is an intriguing possibility as a third or fourth receiver.
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Overview

After three seasons of frustration due to his penchant for dropping easy passes, everything seemed to come together for Massaquoi during his final season. He equaled his touchdown receptions from his first three years in 2008 en route to capturing All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors for the first time during his four years with the Bulldogs.


Playing for a team that generally relied on its running attack, Massaquoi not only helped the development of All-American quarterback Matthew Stafford but also showed his team-first attitude and work ethic, taking A.J. Green under his wing. The freshman flanker teamed with the senior split end to give Georgia one of the most explosive receiving tandems in the South. Both players combined to pull down 114 passes for 1,883 yards and 16 touchdowns (team generated 3,610 yards and 27 scores on 246 catches).


Massaquoi also excelled in the classroom during his time at Georgia. He was the recipient of the James W. and Elizabeth Plant Football Scholarship as a true freshman. In 2007, he was awarded the Leon Farmer Athletic Scholarship, given for excellent in academics and on the field. As a senior, he earned Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and Director's Honor Roll distinction, was named one of the school's Scholar-Athletes and was a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.


At Independence High School, Massaquoi earned Parade, Super Prep and EA Sports All-American honors in 2004. He was a member of the Super Prep All-Mid Atlantic team and was named Southeast Region Player of the Year by EA Sports. The three-time Associated Press All-State pick added All-Southern accolades from the Sun Sentinel and was a finalist for the Watkins Award, which recognizes African-American Scholar Athletes.


Massaquoi was rated the fourth-best receiver in the country by Rivals.com after the team captain amassed 1,834 yards receiving in his final campaign. He set the state of North Carolina records for career receiving yards (4,851), receiving yards in a season (1,834 in 2004), touchdown catches in a career (76), and touchdown catches in a season (32 as a senior). He finished his career with 272 receptions and helped his team win 77 consecutive games and five consecutive state championships. After the 2004 season, he played in the


Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas before reporting to the University of Georgia.


In 2005, Massaquoi played in 13 games, starting four contests. He gained 505 yards with two touchdowns on 38 catches (13.3 avg), earning Freshman All-American honorable mention from The Sporting News. He was also the recipient of the team's Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award after helping the Bulldogs capture the Southeastern Conference title while compiling a 10-3 record.


With Sean Bailey injured in fall camp, Massaquoi was being counted upon to pick up the receiving slack in 2006. But a hamstring injury sidelined him for the Alabama-Birmingham clash and his knack for dropping too many easy passes finally forced the staff to bench him.


He would go on to start nine of the 12 games he appeared in that year, gaining 366 yards with two touchdowns on a team-high 30 receptions. Massaquoi's struggles continued throughout the 2007 preseason, forcing the coaches to bench him for the first two games. Inconsistency continued after catching just one pass in each of the previous two games before the team's crucial meeting vs. Florida, and he was again residing on the sidelines with the second unit.


Massaquoi's only catch in that Florida contest was a beautiful 84-yard touchdown and that gave him another opportunity to return to the lineup. He would go on to start in his final 18 games as a Bulldog. He finished his junior season with 32 receptions for 491 yards, adding 12 yards on a reverse while making a tackle for a 20-yard loss in the Oklahoma State clash.


Academic and athletic honors came Massaquoi's way in 2008. The split end no longer had to worry about getting benched, as he went on to start all 13 contests. He led the Bulldogs with a career-high 58 receptions for 920 yards (15.9 avg) and eight touchdowns. He also took a few direct snaps from under center, but failed to complete any of the two passes he attempted. His 920 yards receiving were good for fourth on the school single-season record list.


High School

Attended Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Bill Guiler...Earned Parade, Super Prep and EA Sports All-American honors in 2004...Was a member of the Super Prep All-Mid Atlantic team and was named Southeast Region Player of the Year by EA Sports...Three-time Associated Press All-State pick...Added All-Southern accolades from the Sun Sentinel and was a finalist for the Watkins Award, which recognizes African-American Scholar Athletes...Rated the fourth-best receiver in the country by Rivals.com after the team captain amassed 1,834 yards receiving in his final campaign...Set the state of North Carolina records for career receiving yards (4,851), receiving yards in a season (1,834 in 2004), touchdown catches in a career (76), and touchdown catches in a season (32 as a senior)...Finished his career with 272 receptions and helped his team win 77 consecutive games and five consecutive state championships...After the 2004 season, he played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas before reporting to the University of Georgia.


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Analysis

Positives: Prototypical NFL build for the position. Good height and surprising overall musculature with the frame to add additional mass. Possesses at least adequate straight-line speed to challenge deep. Can throttle down to separate from defenders. Long arms which he extends well to make the tough reception. Flashes good leaping ability and body control to snatch high passes out of the air. Good vision for the cutback. Good elusiveness for a receiver of his size. Good size and strength to run through arm tackles and create positive yardage after the reception. Stepped up his level of play as a senior. Became a vocal and on-field leader as a senior.


Negatives: Simply drops too many passes. Prone to lapses in concentration or not looking the pass into his hands before trying to make a defender miss. Allows passes into his frame too often, resulting in some ugly bounce-backs. Bit of a long-strider with build-up speed. Lacks elite foot quickness and agility to consistently gain separation from NFL-caliber cornerbacks. Tends to disappear for long stretches.


Injury Report

2006: Sat out the Alabama-Birmingham game (9/16) with a hamstring pull.


2008: Left the Tennessee game (10/11) briefly after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit, but returned to catch a touchdown pass on that series.


2009: Forced to pull out of the Senior Bowl (1/22) due to a grade-one ankle sprain.


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