Falcons add Ewing, Massaquoi, Mitchell and Robertson

Former Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi (above in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl, AP photo) declared for the NFL Draft as a junior. He played at Central Gwinnett High School.

Former Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi (above in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl, AP photo) declared for the NFL Draft as a junior. He played at Central Gwinnett High School.

FLOWERY BRANCH  — The Falcons selected Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing and Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

They picked Mississippi State safety Charles Mitchell in the sixth round and added South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson in the seventh round.

Ewing is 5-11 3/4 and 239 pounds. The former walk-on was a team captain for the Badgers.

Massaquoi, who played at Central Gwinnett High, is a cousin of former Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and NFL tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings.

Ewing was considered a priority free agent by Pro Football Weekly. Massaquoi was projected to go in the fourth or fifth round.

Wisconsin's Bradie Ewing, center, celebrates after catching a bad punt and making a turnover during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Wisconsin's Bradie Ewing, center, celebrates after catching a bad punt and making a turnover during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Here’s the PFW report on Ewing. Negative: “Athletic ability and size are just adequate. Has short arms and lacks bulk strength — repped 225 pounds only 14 times at the combine. Stiff movement. Does not explode through his hips and drive defenders out of the hole. Struggles to sustain.” Positive: “Large hands. Pops out of his stance. Displays nice knee bend and body control to coordinate blocking fits. Is able to get his head around as as short receiver and shows decent hands  . . . Has special teams experience.”

Massaquoi, who moved to the United States from Liberia when he was six months old, played for Bradley Warren at Central Gwinnett.

He committed to Troy coming out of high school, but started his career at Butler Community College in Kansas. He played there for a year before honoring his

Mississippi State defensive back Charles Mitchell lines up blockers Corey Broomfield (left) and Chris White after intercepting a fourth-quarter Ole Miss pass. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

Mississippi State defensive back Charles Mitchell lines up blockers Corey Broomfield (left) and Chris White after intercepting a fourth-quarter Ole Miss pass. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

commitement to Troy.

“He’s another guy coming out of a Troy program that has been quietly supplying the NFL with good players over the past several years,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “Massaquoi was a good, solid player at Troy for two years.”

Massaquoi ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds at the scouting combine, had a 33 1/2 inch vertical jump and lifted 225 pounds 20 times.

“Troy is a building program,” Massaquoi said. “We had five straight conference championships. We went for our sixth one this year, but fell short. With Troy producing defensive ends like Osi Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware, hopefully I can be put into that conversation and follow their tradition.”

South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson (42) watches as a teammate goes through drills at the Gamecocks' first spring NCAA college football practice on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Columbia, S.C. (Associated Press)

South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson (42) watches as a teammate goes through drills at the Gamecocks' first spring NCAA college football practice on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Columbia, S.C. (Associated Press)

Mitchell played in 50 games and made 38 starts for the Bulldogs.

He was a hard hitter with 188 tackles and four career interceptions. He played as a freshmen after being named Mississippi’s Gatorade player of the year.

“Mitchell is an athletic kid with good range in the secondary,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “He has just average speed, but very impressive leaping ability, and he can play either free or strong safety. … He will be a borderline starter in the NFL. … He’ll also be an asset on special teams.”

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at Mississippi State’s Pro Day. He lifted 225 pounds, 19 times and had a 37-inch vertical jump at the scouting combine. He was a team captain.

Robertson started all 14 games in 2010 after his 2009 season was cut short by injury. He finished with 42 tackles, 10 tackles for losses and four sacks.

He started all 13 games for the Gamecocks last season and had 49 tackles and a blocked a kick. He was a team captain. 

Robertson has earned his degree in criminal justice. Overall, he started 32 of 56 games he played in at South Carolina. He was rated as the 25th-best defensive tackle in the draft by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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267 comments Add your comment

Brick

April 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

I think this means Ovie is gone!!

adamb

April 28th, 2012
3:03 pm

what a steal at #157 …..

Hamp

April 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

Hamp

April 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

is he even better thab Cox?

Sitch

April 28th, 2012
3:05 pm

Another Dimitroff reach.

notso fast

April 28th, 2012
3:06 pm

How about Cox. I hope TD know what he is doing. I just think we are weaker at other areas than FB.

falconfan

April 28th, 2012
3:06 pm

That should spell the end of Mughelli!

Paddy

April 28th, 2012
3:06 pm

Wow, a fullback. Well, ok, lets see what else developes.

Jesse

April 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

It’s one thing to want quality people in the locker room, but don’t you feel the Falcons go a bit overboard with it?

falconfan

April 28th, 2012
3:08 pm

If they can get a safety with their other pick I’ll be happy!

Astro Joe

April 28th, 2012
3:08 pm

Well, I won’t front like I know the value of a player picked in round 5 (and I know that Kiper isn’t perfect). But I do like the notion that TD has focused his attention on improving the blocking in his first 3 picks. A 325+ pound DT/NT would be a nice add to groom long-term, but again, I’m in no position to say that Player X is a better pick at 150+ than Player Y. I’m startled that so many of y’all portent to have that ability.

badbird

April 28th, 2012
3:09 pm

I like this pick, we should see lots of Ewing on offense and ST. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/profiles/bradie-ewing?id=2533347

Don Green

April 28th, 2012
3:10 pm

Should have taken Chris Rainey. What an electric player that we let get picked two picks after a FB that runs a 4.76. Rainey runs a 4.35 and is a great KR/PR, situational back.

Hawkeman

April 28th, 2012
3:11 pm

This guy has a mean streak…Ovie may be gone

Left Coast Dawg

April 28th, 2012
3:12 pm

Not thrilled but this was somewhat of a need.

Left Coast Dawg

April 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

Ditto Don Green

Will

April 28th, 2012
3:16 pm

Astro Joe, you must not read these comments too often. AJC readers know how to run the braves, hawks, falcons, and Dawgs better than all of their respective owners/coaches combined!

I am with you, I will trust TD and Smitty.

DC Falcon

April 28th, 2012
3:16 pm

Really? All of the so called draft experts dont even think this guy will get drafted. So we pick him up in the 5th round??? Cmon. The way TD picks, we should just trade the picks for established players or trade away all picks for just one good pick. This is starting to get ridiculous!! When is this guy going to start getting some heat for the lousy talent evaluator he is?

jay

April 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Fullback? Wasn’t expecting this. There must not be any defensive players with upside out there.

Left Coast Dawg

April 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Finally a decent pick…….Massaquoi from Troy!

jay

April 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

@Don, Rainy is a good player, but dude is a ticking time bomb off the field. Threatening women just ain’t cool.

Left Coast Dawg

April 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

Somebody new to groom ahead of Biermann and Sidbury.

Don Green

April 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

Sometimes you have to gamble with talent if you want to win. If they have character flaws under your watch, then you let them go.

Left Coast Dawg

April 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

@jay – Rainey has been clean for at least 12 mos according to Coach Tomlin.

Mr. Phil

April 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

Just saying this pick has to be more about finance than football. Sorry Ovie this is your agents fault. He got you too good of a contract.

Just saying..

April 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

Sitch
April 28th, 2012
3:05 pm
Funny, TD is paid for his decisions.
You?

Open Minded

April 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

OK he was the Special Teams player of the year for Wisconsin and he is reported to be very quick off the snap to hit the line… he will be a needed special teams guy and help open some holes in short yardage situation… just think we could have signed him as a FA and not waste a draft pick

Scott Anderson

April 28th, 2012
3:23 pm

Falcons needed offensive blocking and they get that with Ewing.

Come on look at how the draft is playing out before critics come out.

Ovie is gone with his back issues. This should open some holes for Turner and the shortstop . Also should keep Ryan on his feet more in the pocket.

Khaos

April 28th, 2012
3:26 pm

Vinny Curry was there in the 2nd and we picked an injury prone center. I’m happy we’ve addressed the Oline. But this seemed like a reach. The FB pick spells the end of Ovie (good guy). Still, in a passing league, is FB a necessity?

Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

Roy

April 28th, 2012
3:27 pm

This draft might be the worst we ever had. A couple of these guys we may have got as FA’s whats TM doing has he lost his mind!

jay

April 28th, 2012
3:29 pm

If the measurables are there you take a leap, but for a 5′8 RB with no real strength and a lot of off field issues I think you take a pass. Maybe Pitt will play him at receiver as they seem to like the speedy small guys. I’d rather have him over a FB, but I can understand why the Falcons would pass.

David

April 28th, 2012
3:31 pm

I think the Falcons might take Kellen Moore in the 6th or 7th round.

jay

April 28th, 2012
3:31 pm

khaos and roy should have their blog privileges revoked. Fire TD MS? huh what??!?! Worst draft ever? Really?!?!? With lineman you won’t know how they will work out until they play, regardless of where they are picked.

4evadrtybrd

April 28th, 2012
3:32 pm

Massaquoi looks like a stud. Looking foreward to his wreaking damage in the backfield of opposing teams

Roy

April 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

Jay seems like you have the only opinion here, guess what your wrong we do have an opinion maybe you should be banded.

beauvighn

April 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

This guy will be gone before the end of training camp

4evadrtybrd

April 28th, 2012
3:35 pm

And Massaquoi has good genes.

Supes

April 28th, 2012
3:36 pm

Darn it TD has done it again….yet another stinking reach by drafting an out dated position like FB with a freaking 5 th rounder! Nevermind our needs on defense or the lack of an heir apparent to Tony G. Dimitroff has been questionable at best this entire draft…just daym

Bobby

April 28th, 2012
3:40 pm

This draft isn’t sexy, but so far I’m cool with the picks. I’m from Troy, so I watch a lot of Troy State football. Masaquoi is going to be a sleeper… Let’s get a RB and or TE and I’ll be happy…

Khaos

April 28th, 2012
3:40 pm

Have my blog priviledges revoked because I don’t agree with TD’s picks? Really?

Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

birddawgbill

April 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

Love to see people prove how little they know by posting fire TD and CMS. Four straight winning seasons after never even posting back to back previously. They have built a very good team. For proof that the big splash move isn’t always the right one look no further than New England. Also look at Dallas they always make the big move. How many straight winning seasons do they have.

Dumbo

April 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

Uggggggggggggggggggg

jay

April 28th, 2012
3:45 pm

No because you want to fire the only coach and GM in our history that has us winning 4 seasons straight. Some people are true sports snobs and you must be one of them. I guess you’d like it better if our culture was the same as before these two men were hired by the Falcons. Whatever the case you have your dumb arse opinion and you have every right to express it.

falcon

April 28th, 2012
3:51 pm

I’d would rather have taken Drew Butler with that one.

Mike in TX

April 28th, 2012
3:51 pm

Some people just dont realize how weak this draft pool is.

Scott Anderson

April 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

rainey is a thug on and off the field.

Vulture

April 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! They picked the wrong player! Too funny!

Dunwoody_joe

April 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

Some questionable reaches by TD, for sure. While we have to give him the benefit, I am beginning to wonder whether he is getting too cute with his choices. Maybe TD thinks that selecting a reach shows off his brilliant “out of the box” thinking, when the safe “consensus” choice might actually be better.

We’ll see later this fall, but I’m thinking TD will regret some of these choices.

literacy now

April 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

He played “their” for a year? Dude, c’mon. Literacy now!

10 of 12

April 28th, 2012
3:58 pm

Nor do they realize just how weak Dummytrof’s ability to make a good pick is !