I’ll definitely be focusing in on all of the players that the Bears have lined up for Private workouts and visits to Halas Hall. I’ll do my best to cover each prospect individually and scout their game. There will be close to 30 prospects the Bears are going to evaluate between now and the draft. The draft is right around the corner so I’ll do my best to get as many as two prospect previews up a day.
Today we’re starting with Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi who has all the abilities and aspects the Bears are looking for in their next receiver. Massaquoi has size, leaping ability, athleticism and solid route running ability. He brings to the table good body control to make adjustments to the ball and battle defenders when the ball is in the air. While not as polished or as fast some of the others Massaquoi is an option given his stint as a four-year starter for the Bulldogs. That level of experience can’t be discounted for any player especially one that is coming from the SEC.
On the negative side however Massaquoi may not have even been the best receiver on his team in 2008. He was often times overshadowed by freshman sensation A.J. Green. The production between the two was nearly identical both catching in the neighborhood of 59 catches for 968 yards and eight touchdowns. At the scouting combine Massaquoi performed up to expectations running a 4.57 40-yard dash and jumping 10 feet 7 inches in the broad jump. He is explosive and big and has average speed for a WR. The question is can he be a number one receiver at the next level? He also had a previous problem in his career with dropping a lot of passes. 2008 was considered a break out year in the eyes of NFL scouts.
During his Pro-Day the reports were that he caught the ball well and improved upon his 40-yard dash time to as fast as 4.51. This would be speed that would better fit his size. Cementing his status as a leaper, Massaquoi can just about leap out of the stadium wiht his 37 inch vertical jump. Combine that with his 6-foot-2 frame and he would make a sold red zone target.
If the Bears drafted Massquoi they would be landed the aforementioned experienced player who was productive in college. What they wouldn’t be getting is the number one type receiver that Bears fans are hoping unearth. In my opinion I may shy away from a prospect who has a history of dropping passes and wasn overshadowed on his team by a true freshman. He is projected as a third round type of WR prospect someone that could be had at #99. Massquoi is a project, but one player that is worth investing in given the lack of talent at the WR position. If the Bears don’t take a WR in the second round, keep your eye on this kid.
Updated after Massaquoi’s workout with the Bears today. Below is an excerpt from The Chicago Sun Times an interview Massaquoi did after his workout.
No. I think I answered that question at our pro day, I ran a pretty good time [he was timed between 4.47 seconds and 4.53 seconds]. I think I have looked decent on film. That’s where [speed] counts. I think my game speed is up there. No means am I with the Maclins and the Percy Harvins of the world but I feel that I enough speed to do the things that I need to do.
YOU HAVE TO KNOW HAKEEM NICKS, A HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE AT INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL IN CHARLOTTE, N.C. PRETTY WELL. HOW DO YOU COMPARE YOURSELF TO A GUY LIKE HIM?
I think we’re different. I really don’t know what class you would put him in. We do things different. We are from the same mold though just being that we came through the same program and we watched each other grow and develop. We had the same coach. I think we do a lot of things similar but at the same time we each have that little patent to our game that makes us different.