Offensive tackle Bobby Massie has been the focus of a lot of attention from many Arizona Cardinals fans since the second night of the NFL Draft. When he fell to the third round and the Cardinals had their pick, many hoped he would be their pick, especially since the team had gone with receiver Michael Floyd with the first round selection. Instead, it was cornerback Jamell Fleming.
Then, when the third day of the draft came around, Massie was the guy. He fell to the 112th pick where the Cardinals snatched him up.
According to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, while Floyd gets the buzz of a first rounder, the Cardinals will feel the most immediate impact from Massie in this year's draft class.
Massie certainly has the talent, experience against top competition and durability to handle the assignment. He's surprisingly quick off the snap for a man of his size and demonstrates the combination of power and nastiness that every offensive line coach is looking for at the position. While the Cardinals have often featured the passing game during Whisenhunt's tenure, the team would like to be able to pound the football in the running game with Beanie Wells. This certainly ties in with the physicality and toughness in which assistant coach and offensive line coach Russ Grimm played with and asks from his players.
Based purely on talent, Massie could prove a steal for the Cardinals. The former Rebel ranked No. 34 on my Big Board and boasts as much physical talent as any of the offensive linemen drafted in the two rounds before his name was called at No. 112 overall. League sources tell me the reason why Massie fell to this point in the draft had nothing to do with his play on the field. Massie showed little in terms of technical improvement over his career with the Rebels, raising plenty of questions about his work ethic and dependability.
There is one thing in common with everything I have come across about Massie. All expect him to come to camp with a chip on his shoulder. I wonder a little bit why that is the assumption, but let us assume he does. He comes in with the physical talent and the motivation. That alone will improve the offensive line play.
Improved line play aids in improved QB play, which in turn improves the offense and wins games.
Could Bobby Massie have the biggest impact of the 2012 Cardinals rookies? Perhaps. If he is, then there is a good chance that the season will have gone well for Arizona.
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