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Prospect Profiles: Bobby Massie


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-6, 316, 5.23



Quite the physical specimen and surprisingly light on his feet for a man his size, Massie has reportedly dropped weight and added muscle in preparation for the Combine. The Rebel did not miss a game during his time at Oxford, starting 17 games at right tackle and helped Ole Miss lead the SEC in fewest sacks allowed and ranked 3rd in rushing offense.

Massie, while not the “smooth technician” that some of the higher ranked tackles are in pass protection, utilizes his excellent size, long arms and quick feet well . . . and if he gets his massive mitts on a defender, it’s game over. He gets out of his stance and into position with decent knee bend and good balance, but needs to concentrate on keeping his pad level lower. Massie demonstrates an ability to change direction and can cut off the edge.

In run blocking, Massie is quick off the snap and utilizes his strength as a solid drive blocker who always finishes off his block (an attribute that is all about attitude). His hand placement is inconsistent, good at times and not so good at others, but the effort is always evident. His lateral mobility allows him to wall off defenders on the edge and gets to the 2nd level very well.

Some scouts have Massie as a right tackle only or moving inside to guard, but with his athleticism (and a couple years of NFL coaching), he might have the potential to move over to the blind side. At the very least, as a 2nd or 3rd round choice, Massie could move into a starting position in a year.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Jammal Brown

– Extremely athletic, strong and fast
– Natural bender and able to drive block
– Finishes blocks with a nasty demeanor
– Very quick off snap and positions body well

– Needs to improve pass blocking techniques
– Defenders can get into his body
– Lateral kick could be improved for NFL speed rushers



Prototypical size for remaining at right tackle in the NFL. Long arms and big hands. 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. Shows the ability to make effective combination blocks, getting a strong initial pop on the front line defender before releasing and showing good speed and agility getting to the second level efficiently.


Has been able to get by on just his size, strength and athleticism thus far in his career … Hasn’t shown a great deal of improvement throughout his career, leading some to question whether he has the work ethic to turn his obvious physical talents into consistent high level play. Has a relatively high center of gravity due to his long-limbs and struggles with pad level, at times. Complicating matters is that he too often allows his pad level to rise upon contact, losing the leverage battle. A bit stiff when operating at the second level, showing only average short-area quickness to re-direct and hit the moving target. Too often lunges at defenders at the second level …

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Massie was a starter at right tackle for almost all of three seasons at Mississippi. He played in all 13 games as a freshman in 2009 and made five starts, as Ole Miss allowed the second fewest sacks in the SEC and saw Dexter McCluster finish with the second-most single-season rushing yardage in school history. Massie was a full-time starter ever since, creating big holes for productive running back Brandon Bolden. The Rebels did not have a good year in 2011, especially not on offense. But that was in part due to an injury to Bolden and mostly disappoint play from the skill positions.

Massie has great size at 6’6” and 325 pounds. He generally runs around a 5.15 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.04 from that distance. The Lynchburg, VA native is an impressive athlete for a man of his size and that may actually allow him to emerge as a left tackle at the next level. As he gets adjusted to life in the NFL, of course, his first job will be to remain at right tackle for some team. Massie has long arms and quick feet, both of which allow him to be especially dominant in pass-blocking. If he wants to improve in one department it should be in staying low when firing off the ball and gaining leverage while run-blocking. Look for Massie to be a second or third-round selection in April’s draft.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Bobby Massie is a big, athletic right tackle prospect. Quick. Good size. Powerful. Needs to play with better technique and play with more intensity. Massie is a prototypical right tackle prospect because of his size. He can maul guys. Still, he needs a lot of technique work. The Giants need a right tackle. Is Massie it? I’m not sure if he’s ready Day 1, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t be ready by midseason. He just needs a little seasoning. The Giants have a great O-Line coach in Pat Flahrety, so he can work his magic. 2nd or 3rd round pick, although he has been rising. In the 2nd round, I have no problem with it. Massie is a talented player.




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8 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Bobby Massie”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    I watched some film of him and came away a bit disapointed. He was rated on some boards as high as a first round pick. He’s not, he’s a developmental player and cannot start yet. Maybe on an experienced line as a right tackle. He has a lot of fundemental issues but seems to be a good enough athelete to improve.

    I would use a higher pick for Sanders who I think will be a better player in the long run. Massie will probably be a solid pro eventually, like any other draftee, he has to work at it, he has the ability.

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