NFL Draft 2017 Prospect: Joe Massaquoi
Name: Joe Massaquoi
Position: Defensive Line
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Joe: Tall, long, and versatile.
Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?
Joe: Working out at school with my strength coaches mostly. Coach Day has NFL experience.
Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?
Joe: I am versatile and would compare myself to a lot of the guys who are able to play all along the defensive line. Those guys include Calais Campbell (Arizona) or Michael Bennett (Seattle) just to name a few.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
Joe: As a defensive lineman, when you’re watching film, you look for the smallest details that will give you an advantage heading into a game. You look at an offensive lineman’s stance on run plays versus pass plays. You look for any pass indicators (QB clapping his hands or center bobbing his head). Offensive lineman are big guys and they do not hide things well. One thing I’ve learned while in college, is the RB, QB, and backfield in general will “lie” to you. With all the motions and movement in the backfield the only group that stays consistent are the offensive line. A lineman is going to do three things, come at you, block down, or go backwards.
Q: What separates you from other players at your position?
Joe: Like I said earlier, I offer versatility when it comes to the defensive line. My length, strength, and my pad level helps me play on the interior of the d-line and my athleticism and speed helps me while playing outside.
Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Joe: Abilities that I possess that will stand out off the field is that I’m am pretty charitable, especially with my time. I enjoyed being in the Huntington, WV community and giving back in whatever way I could. Being around kids is definitely my favorite because a lot of them remind me of myself. I know I’ll fit in at whatever community I end up at and stand out.
Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Joe: I’m very coachable and always open to learning new skills and techniques. Being a football player, you’re always going to learn something new whether it’s from coaches or teammates. You have to be a sponge and soak up everything. I work hard and I’m smart. No sense of entitlement comes with me. I know whatever opportunity I have with whatever team will be a blessing and one that I will cherish forever. Whoever picks me up won’t regret it.
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