Draft Scout Snapshot: Filling immediate needs was obviously not the Cardinals' priority in this draft. They chained themselves to their draft board, avoided temptation to trade up or down, and took the best player available, regardless of position. Conventional wisdom had them taking an offensive lineman early, but they didn't select one until right tackle Bobby Massie in the fourth round. Instead, Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd was the first-round choice, with Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming being selected in the third round. The Cardinals sent their second-round pick to Philadelphia last summer as part of the trade for Kevin Kolb. Cornerback was the least of the Cardinals' needs, yet they reasoned that it didn't make sense to pass on Fleming. Taking talent over need worked for the Cardinals in the draft a year ago, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "A lot has been said about last year's draft and some of the players that performed for us," he said. "I think that was a good indication of not necessarily trying to fit a perceived need as far as taking players that were good fits for you." BEST PICK: Tackle Bobby Massie: The Cardinals had to be tempted to take Massie in the third round but were rewarded for their patience when he was there in the fourth. Massie has a chance to start right away. The right tackle job is open, and the Cardinals think Massie has the ability to earn it. - 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 teamís 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.
Massie elected to bypass his senior season to enter the draft. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder from Lynchburg, Va., played in every game the last three seasons, starting the last 29 at right tackle. Massie blocked for 14 individual 100-yard rushing performances, including a pair of 200-yard outbursts.
One of five players to start all 12 games (at right tackle) ... Helped Ole Miss lead the SEC in fewest sacks allowed and rank third in rushing offense ... Helped the Rebels notch eight individual 100-yard rushing performances by four different runners ... Earned second letter ... vs. Jacksonville State (9/4): Helped pave the way for Brandon Bolden to rush for 104 yards ... vs. Fresno State (9/25): Helped pave the way for Bolden's 228 yards on the ground as Ole Miss piled up 578 total yards and did not allow a sack ... vs. Kentucky (10/2): Helped the Ole Miss offense roll up 42 points ... at Arkansas (10/23): Helped Ole Miss rack up 512 total yards and allow just one sack ... vs. Auburn (10/30): Helped Ole Miss rush for 218 yards, including an 83-yard TD run by Jeff Scott ... vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (11/6): Helped an Ole Miss rushing offense that saw two 100-yard rushers for the first time since 1999 ... at Tennessee (11/13): Helped Bolden rush for 113 yards and two TDs ... at LSU (11/20): Helped Ole Miss pile up 420 yards of offense with just one sack allowed ... Preseason: Named preseason All-SEC second team by Lindy's.
Saw action in all 13 games, starting the final five at right tackle ... Helped the Rebel offense rank second in the SEC and 14th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (17) ... Helped Dexter McCluster post the second-highest rushing total in school history with 1,169 yards ... Earned first letter ... vs. Tennessee (11/14): Started and helped McCluster rush for a school-record 282 yards and four TDs ... vs. LSU (11/21): Started and helped the Rebels not allow a sack.
Prep School...Rated the No. 1 Prep School player in the nation by Rivals.com ... Listed as the No. 13 offensive tackle in nation by Scout.com ... Coached by Robert Prunty ... High School...Earned first team All-Conference and All-State honors from the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association ... Rated the No. 27 offensive tackle in the nation in 2008 by Rivals.com ... Participated in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl ... Coached in high school by Frank Rocco.
Son of Patricia Johnson and Scott Massie ... Born: August 1, 1989 ... Enrolled in College of Liberal Arts.
Draft Scout Player News
09/13/12 - RT Bobby Massie, the fourth-round pick, played well last week in his first NFL game. Massie did a solid job in pass protection, but like all the team's linemen, needs to improve run blocking.
09/07/12 - RT Bobby Massie, the fourth-round pick, will open the season as the starting right tackle.
08/12/12 - RT Bobby Massie, the fourth-round pick, is coming off a difficult week. He is struggling to learn a new pass setup and he's dealing with a turf toe injury. Massie has not looked good in training camp, but his struggles are normal for a young tackle, coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
07/31/12 - OT Bobby Massie, the fourth-round pick, didn't stand out in his first week of work, but he didn't play poorly, either. Massie is competing with Jeremy Bridges for the starting job. At 6-6, Massie appears to have a problem with getting too high on his pass sets. At least he did in the first day or two of camp. He appeared to improve through the week.
05/18/12 - OT Bobby Massie is expected to contend for a starting job. He was the only right tackle in the three day camp and took every snap there. "It was a learning experience," Massie said. "I tried to pick up on the plays really fast and different defenses. I messed up here and there but I corrected when I could."
Massie is expected to contend for the starting job, and will be challenged by veterans Jeremy Bridges and D'Anthony Batiste.
"I'm coming here with the mindset to start, but there's a vet (Bridges) who has been here nine, 10 years," he said. "I'm just coming in to learn as much as I can."