This Ole Miss product was one of the most physical and athletic tackles in the rough and tumble SEC last season. Although there weren't many high points for the Rebels in 2011, Massie still stood out and was a major factor in the team's few rushing touchdowns.
Statistically, Massie topped the SEC in knockdown blocks last season with 102, and was one of the main reasons that Dexter McCluster set a school record for single game rushing yards in 2009 as a freshman.
Massie decided to forgo his senior season at Ole Miss to enter the draft, and with the prospects of another poor season ahead for the Rebels relative to his draft status, that makes sense. He has immense amounts of pure physical ability, but scouts are still not sold completely on Massie.
According to CBS Sports' draft experts, Massie displays:
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.
However, they have serious concerns that Massie:
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.
Chances are that Massie will benefit from NFL coaches and develop into a top flight starting RT in the league. While it's possible he could start immediately, it is more likely that he will show up in relief duty initially until he gains the experience needed to be productive on every down in the NFL.
Ranked No. 92 on Matt Miller's Big Board, the fall to the mid-fourth round could be from the issues mentioned above. That being said, there's a chance he could rise to a starting spot, which would be great for the Cardinals, who haven't knocked it out of the park during this draft.