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WR Massaquoi talks after private workout with Bears

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Georgia's Mohamed Massaquoi was the second wide receiver Bears assistant coach Darryl Drake put through a private workout in as many days Wednesday.

Drake returned to Athens, Ga., where he was an assistant from 1992-1996, to meet with Massaquoi, who is believed to be moving up draft boards into the second round.

On Tuesday, Drake was in Killeen, Texas, where he had what was described as a solid workout with Oklahoma's Juaquin Iglesias. Both will be under consideration by the Bears for the 49th pick in the draft, their first selection.

We caught up with Massaquoi on the phone for a conversation after he worked out following his workout with Drake. Here is the Q&A:

HOW DID THE WORKOUT WITH WIDE RECEIVERS COACH DARRYL DRAKE GO TODAY?

It went pretty good. Hopefully he got a chance to see a couple of things that he was looking for. I think I did some things out there well today. We'll just see.

THE PAST TWO WEEKS YOU HAVE GOTTEN SOME MORE BUZZ AND THE FEELING IS YOU MIGHT BE MOVING UP SOME DRAFT BOARDS. WHY IS THAT?

I think people are taking a closer look evaluating my game and I just think they are seeing a lot of things they like and hopefully I can influence them that I do some things differently from other receivers and I would be a good fit for their team.

THE CONSENSUS IS JEREMY MACLIN AND MICHAEL CRABTREE ARE AT THE VERY TOP OF A TALENTED RECEIVER CLASS THIS YEAR. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FITTING INTO THIS MIX?

I really don't know honestly. There are a lot of great guys out there and I think everyone does something a little bit differently. You know, it just really depends on what a team is looking for. Hopefully, whatever team selects me I have the make and the model to be successful for them. Different teams are looking for different things and if I am not what a certain team is looking for, I respect that. Hopefully, whatever team gets me is a perfect fit.

HAS THE BIGGEST QUESTION TEAMS HAVE HAD FOR YOU BEEN YOUR SPEED?

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.

WHO IN THE WORLD WAS THROWING YOU GUYS THE BALL?

Joe Cox. He'll be the starting quarterback for Georgia next year.

DID YOU GUYS EVER LOSE?

No. Our high school won seven straight championships.

HAVE YOU BENEFITED FROM PLAYING WITH MATTHEW STAFFORD BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT HIM?

I definitely think so and not just this year but from the time he came in. I had a chance to grow with a guy that you knew was going to be a pretty good pro one day. Just to be able to learn the game with him, he has a rare arm. Just being able to catch from him, it was a real benefit. He brings a lot of attention to us just like [running back] Knowshon [Moreno] and that helps guys like me.

IS YOUR GOAL RIGHT NOW, A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM THE DRAFT, TO BE SELECTED IN THE SECOND ROUND?

Really it's just a blessing to be in this situation. I just want to go to a situation where I am wanted, a situation where I have a chance to help the team win and be successful. That is really my end goal.

WITH THE BEARS GETTING A GUY LIKE JAY CUTLER AT QUARTERBACK, DOES THAT MAKE THEM MORE ATTRACTIVE AS A POSSIBLE DESTINATION FOR A PROSPECT?

Definitely. Everybody wants to go to a situation where they have a chance to be successful and with that you want to make sure that your quarterback is good and that the components around you are good so that you have a chance to maximize your talents.

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Mohamed Massaquoi is gonna be such a bust. Drake is just being a homer for his old school. The guy had one decent year and thats it. He won;t go over the middle, he has bad hands, bad work ethic, his routs are garbage.

Just go get Holt after his price drops a little and slid Hester into the slot and draft either Nicks, Robiskie, or Iglesias.

Go grab your pink panties and.... actually I kinda agree with you on this one. When you have a great running game and a decent QB you tend to look good by default. Personally I hope we get Robiskie. Great football family and great intangibles.

Dave and C-man, I have to agree. I don't know why but he seems better suited to be a track star than a football player. It's just a gut feeling.

I felt the exact same way when I saw Chris Williams' film from college. Something didn't seem right. And in his albeit limited playtime from the '08 season, nothing I saw nothing to change that initial reaction.

But if Williams is going to be manning our right side, let's hope I'm wrong.

Come on guys. I dont think the kid will be a bust. I believe that Matthew Stafford made Massaquoi looked bad. He was looking for him on third downs and when he was in desperate situations. If Joe Cox was the quarterback, whom I think is better than Stafford, Massaquoi would have been mentioned as one of the top receivers. If anybody will be a bust, it will be Stafford.

This guy made some big catches in games I saw Georgia play over the past few years, he is a big possession type receiver and he should still be on the Board at 99, which is where I see Angelo picking a receiver this season, the value is better there than at 49, where Nicks would have been if not for all the draft hype pushing him up the board. Not totally sold on Robiske at 49 think that may be too high for him there his numbers at Ohio St, were not much different than the other guy they had Hartline, want to see if they take a look at Ramses Barden the big tall receiver has made an impact the last few years in the league, with Cutler it might be time for the BEARS to join the party also.

Hey guys I am half and half on this guy his speed shows up on the field and made mathew stafford a better qb he brings size to the table which the bears lack he would be great for cutler bears should get him

Whatever they do, I hope the Bears don't count on any receiver in the draft making an significant impact in his rookie season. That very rarely happens outside the first round with apologies to a few.

Should they draft a receiver for the future? Of course! However, with Cutler and Pace, and an aging team at several positions especially on defense, I really hope they go for being deep in the playoffs this next season. That means acquiring a quality and experienced receiver. Hence, get Torry Holt! It just makes too much sense especially with the Lovie and Pace connections.

I just don't see Holt coming to the Bears because, and I'll try and attach a link to these stats that I saw, Holt simply is not that great of an outdoor, natural grass receiver. I couldn't believe the drop off when I saw the numbers but it was really eye opening. I don't think that will stop Angelo & Co. from pursuing him, but I feel that Holt and his agent will want to put him in a position to produce as much as possible. HOWEVER, and this is a big one, the two teams he's reportedly hot on, Tennessee and Jacksonville, are both outdoor, grass teams. So, what the heck do I know? I do know the weather will be much better in either of those locales but if I'm Holt's agent, I'm searching for a successful turf team.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/153676-grass-brings-him-to-a-holt?search_query=torry%20holt

You guys don't even know who or what you are talking about concerning MoMass. Far from being a homer here, but give me a break. MoMass was always the go to guy when Stafford had a third and long and that man, MoMass made those catches. Often stretched out, or fingertip type grabs. His hands are solid. He runs solid routes and gets himself open enough that if you have a decent QB with a good arm to get him the ball, he will keep the chains moving. Yeah, you know what? I hope he does get passed over by the Bears if this is anywhere near the ignorance and understanding of the rest of your fan base about a good and solid WR.

MoMass, I hope you do not end up here, for your sake.

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