May 12, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi goes through a drill during Falcons rookie camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
It's nice when you don't have any holdouts dragging into the summer, isn't it?
The Falcons have now inked their entire 2012 draft class by locking up Jonathan Massaquoi for the next four years. A pass rusher with a terrific first step, Massaquoi has already shown up to rookie mini-camp weighing less after a sluggish senior season that led to his stock dropping.
Aside from Ewing and Konz, no player in this draft is more likely to have an immediate impact. While Massaquoi needs some refinement and probably won't be a smashing success right off the bat, Mike Nolan's desire to get a host of players involved in the pass rush augers well for Massaquoi. He'll likely get limited snaps early on and, if he proves himself in practice, more as the season progresses. By 2013, he should be a valuable piece of the rotation. You can never have enough pass rushers.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. For now, let's be glad we have Massaquoi and the rest of the draft class signed and ready to practice, even if it did come a little bit later than we all would have liked. Time to get him out there and competing for a roster spot with Lawrence Sidbury and Cliff Matthews.
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