An occasional look at potential 2012 NFL Draft picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Today: Ole Miss OT Bobbie Massie ...
One last OT prospect before we spend next week looking primarily at the guards ... as Ed Bouchette noted in his blog, Bobbie Massie, late of Ole Miss, visited the Steelers this week for pre-draft interviews.
Massie started all 29 games in his last three years in Oxford, but following the combine, he was regarded as a day two or three draft pick. He's since crept up the boards after an excellent showing at his pro day workouts. Per Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated: "Massie's performance at the combine was adequate, but his pro day workout could push him into the first round. The big tackle awed onlookers in position drills, and teams now believe he's a lot more NFL-ready than originally thought."
Don Banks, also of SI, now has Massie as the last pick in the first round in his latest mock draft, and CBS/NFLDraftScout.com bumped the 6'6-316 big man up to the no. 5 OT in the draft. Drafttek compares him to the Redskins' Jammal Brown.
Other outlets like the NFL.com and the National Football Post aren't nearly as high on him. According to Lindy's, Massie is the prototype of an NFL tackle: big, strong, and athletic. The problem, they say, is that he relies way too much on his physical gifts and hence, there are some questions about his work ethic (read: technique isn't great).
Here are some of the conflicting opinions on Mr. Massie:
Pro Football Weekly seems bullish on him in their draft capsule:
CBS, likewise, likes the guy: "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."
NFL.com is not nearly as big a fan: "Massie is a massive offensive tackle who was nearly a three-year starter for Ole Miss and chose to forgo his last year of eligibility. Massie was not a standout player in college and will have to find the right opportunity to land a spot on a roster as a rookie; he could get drafted late to a team with a need."
Check out some highlights in from Mississippi's toughest two opponents -- Alabama and LSU -- and judge for yourself. Keep an eye on #79 at the RT position: