Draft Profile: Tim Massaquoi

GoBlueWolverine's Josh Turel breaks down the draft prospects of this year's departing Wolverines. The focus of this report is tight end, Tim Massquoi. Was the former wideout able to show enough in his injury-shortened senior year to improve his draft stock?

Tim Massaquoi
Tight End
5th Year Senior
6’2, 254

Testing: Michigan Pro Day
4.8 Forty Yard Dash
4.34 Short Shuttle
6.92 Three Cone
29-inch Vertical
9 ft 2 in. Broad Jump

Workout Comments:
Massaquoi's 40-time won’t boost his draft status but it won’t kill it either. Eleven of the seventeen tight ends that ran at the combine ran 4.7 or greater. Dominique Byrd didn’t run that day, but ran a 4.8 at his Pro Day at USC. Eleven of the twenty tight ends at the combine also measured in at 6’3 or shorter.

Massaquoi's short shuttle time is average, but his three cone drill time was actually faster than that of teammate Jason Avant.

Positives:
Massaquoi is athletic for his size and has a receiver's type mentality after having switched from the position early in his career. He has a flexible body and yards-after-catch potential. One thing he did well at Michigan was work the short to mid-range passing zones. He has progressed in his coverage reads and he generally makes good decisions on option routes. He also has big hands. With better concentration could become a more reliable pass catcher.

One of Massaquoi's best attributes is he is a willing blocker. He made a concerted effort to improve that area of his game, and it has shown over the past two years. He does a better job of holding up at the line of scrimmage, gets good position, and has correct hand placement on most assignments.

Scouts say Massaquoi also has upside as an H-Back.

Negatives:
Massaquoi is limited by his size and doesn’t have the type of frame to add more bulk. To will need to improve his overall strength to drive block NFL type. He is a solid athlete but lacks the speed of the tight ends rated ahead of him in the class. Furthermore, he didn’t take his game to the level that most though he was capable of while at Michigan. While he has improved at catching the football, scouts do not feel he has reliable hands yet. He suffered a hand injury that left him limited him that prevented him from displaying the improvement he claims to have made in that area.

Overall:
Heading into to his senior season, Massaquoi’s draft status was much better than it is now. He was progressing in most areas of his game but the hand injury severely limited him. He is already limited by his size and speed but he still has upside. Scouts have discussed the possibility of using him as an H-back. That which will give him a greater opportunity to find a niche in the professional ranks. As of right now, he is a 6th round to free agent projection. He will have to fight for a roster spot.

NFL Comparisons:
Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins
Daniel Wilcox, Baltimore Ravens
Lorenzo Diamond, Arizona Cardinals

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