- A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 4/ 112 - Bobby Massie, OT, 6-6,316, Mississippi...There was some speculation the Cardinals would take Massie in the third round, but they obviously were smart to wait. The right tackle job is open, and that's where Massie played in his three college seasons. - The Sports Xchange
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This powerful right tackle was once considered a lock to go to Alabama and replace All-American tackle Andre Smith.
That would have been appropriate because they were both in bad shape at the time, as Smith memorialized in the 2009 Scouting Combine when he jiggled his shirtless, flaggy, 332-pound body through a 40-yard dash in 5.28 seconds. Massie, who weighed 335 pounds at the time, decided to go in another direction.
He chose Mississippi, lost 20 pounds, started as a freshman and helped the Rebels rank second in the SEC and 14th in the nation with fewest sacks allowed (17). That same season, Massie was a key blocker when Dexter McCluster set the school record with 282 yards rushing against Tennessee.
Last season, despite playing on a 2-10 team that ranked 114th in the nation in total offense (281.25 ypg), Massie was credited with the key block in all 12 of the team's touchdown runs.
According to statistics by The Draft Report, Massie had 102 knockdown blocks last year, tops among tackles in the tough SEC. In his last 29 games Massie blocked for 14 different individual 100-yard rushing games, including two over 200.
Positives: Prototypical size with long arms and big hands to be a starting NFL right tackle. Very good initial quickness off the snap; consistently among the first linemen off the ball regardless of the competition. Very good upper-body strength and good hand placement. Latches on to the defender and can control his opponent as long as he keeps his feet moving. Is surprisingly effective against speed rushers due to his length, balance and fluidity. Light on his feet for such a large man. Can knock defenders off the ball as a run-blocker. Combines quickness with power to create a surge.
Negatives: Relied on his size, strength and athleticism. Hasn't shown a great deal of improvement, causing questions about whether his work ethic can ever match his physical talent to help him realize his vast potential. Long limbs give him a higher center of gravity and he struggles with pad level, losing the leverage battle. Stiff at the second level with only average short-area quickness to re-direct and hit the moving target. Lunges and winds up on the ground too often.