Still talking about post-draft grades, ESPN draft guy Todd McShay went down each NFC team and their picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, citing the most likely impact player and the most intriguing pick (Inside access needed to read whole article).
For the Arizona Cardinals, the early buzz is about quarterback Ryan Lindley, whom the Cards drafted in the sixth round.
However, McShay points to one of the offensive linemen Arizona took, one that many hoped that would fall to the team -- namely, tackle Bobby Massie. Wrote McShay:
Massie was projected by some to go late in the first round, but as he fell, I reached out to scouts in the league, and one told me Massie slipped because of a perceived lack of ideal mental and physical toughness. Perhaps he comes into the league with a chip on his shoulder after that fall. He has the size and movement skills to succeed in a zone-blocking scheme, but he'll still need to become stronger in order to create movement when locked in a phone booth. He has potential, though, and if Massie realized it, he could become the upgrade Arizona is looking for at tackle.
I was very interested in finding out why he fell from a possible first round pick to the Cardinals' fourth round selection. Some analysts simply said that no one knew.
Apparently, he had some issues with drive and motivation.
Obviously, this raises some issues about his effectiveness at the highest level.
However, if he in fact plays to his potential, or simply near it, the Cards have clearly upgraded at right tackle. The one thing that I find odd is that a lot of scouting reports said that he is a very good run blocker. When he was asked about his strength, he said it was pass protection and that he needed to improve at run blocking. That just seems weird.
I would have to agree that Massie COULD be the most intriguing pick. I think Jamell Fleming is.
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