Is a good, fast runner with surprising quickness and burst out of his cuts. Can make defenders miss in space and runs low with good balance. Willing to lower the shoulder and finish his runs. Has a quick release and shows good arm strength. Most comfortable when he's able to use his legs and improvise.
Short-arms his throws with a three-quarters release. Has lacking accuracy, throwing behind receivers on crossing routes and the outs. Lacks anticipation on his throws and reads. Throws off his back foot and rarely sets his feet. Struggles to reset his feet when he's throwing on the run. Doesn't make good decisions with the ball as a passer, and at times as a runner. Holds the ball like a loaf of bread, and ball security is a major issue.
Masoli is an athletic and mobile running quarterback that is good with the ball in his hands. He's physical and a tougher runner than you would expect, and has surprising quickness and speed that consistently catches defenders off guard, even the vaunted SEC ones. But he's not a good QB, and besides playing in a wildcat role, he has almost no potential to develop there at the next level. He's much better off being moved to running back, but his issues with ball security and likelihood that he'll be inconsistent and unnatural there when it comes to following blocks, makes him a raw option there. He has the athleticism to be a slot wideout, but again he'd be raw there running routes. Had several off-field run-ins during his time at Oregon and was kicked off the team for allegedly stealing a projectory at a frat house and then lying about it to authorities. Was very productive in Oregon's spread offense, combining for a 16-5 record, completing 57.5% of 544 attempts for 3891 yards, 28 TDs, and 11 INTs. He also rushed for 1386 yards on 248 carries (5.6 avg) and 23 touchdowns. Transferred to Ole Miss due to the loophole that allows players that have graduated to get a 6th year in grad school. He started the last 11 games for Ole Miss, going 4-7, completing 56.4% of 296 passes for 2039 yards, 14 TDs, 13 INTs, and rushing 121 times for 544 yards (4.5 avg) and 6 more scores.
Masoli is going to be hard-pressed to play any position in the NFL. He has the athleticism to move to running back or wide receiver, but probably not the time to develop quickly. The best thing you could hope for him is that a team falls in love with him as a slash-type subpackage player in the wildcat and gives him a few reps there on occasion. He is a good runner, and if he was able to spend a few years playing the RB position, I think he might have a chance to make an NFL roster as a No. 3 guy. But again, he's very raw there. In truth, he has almost no shot of sticking on an NFL roster unless he can show some prowess on special teams, perhaps in the return game. Then maybe, he can be a very poor man's Josh Cribbs or Antwaan Randle El. But since that's doubtful, it's more than likely he goes to the CFL or AFL and produces there, to never be heard from again in the pro level.
Unless the Falcons fell in love with his athleticism and again he showed some ability as a returner, then he's a longshot to make the Falcons team and just a body that they bring to camp.
Masoli's athleticism is intriguing enough that some team should give him a tryout in a mini-camp to see if he can be a returner, but unless he shined there he's not really worth bringing to camp. Let the CFL or AFL get him and develop him for you and then take your shot down the road.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Arm Strength: 3.5
Decision Making: 2.0
Pocket Awareness: 1.5
Scouting reports of the quarterbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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