Draft Spotlight: OT Bobby Massie Would Not Be a Fit for the New York Jets

By Alan Schechter

Jan 2, 2010; Arlington, TX, USA; Ole Miss Rebels offensive tackle Bobby Massie (79) blocks against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. The Rebels beat the Cowboys 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

One of the Jets biggest needs is on the offensive line, both starting at right tackle and for depth in general. The Jets were exposed on the line 2011 for having no depth, as well as having a right tackle that liked to watch defensive ends rush past him. As such, some of the recent mock drafts have linked Bobby Massie from Ole Miss to the Jets with their 47th pick, their pick on the secound round. I would argue this is too high for this guy.

You can see a full scouting report here

Pros: At 6’6″ 316 pounds, he comes in at a good size to be a right tackle in the NFL.  He is known for having good upper body strength, and good hand placement which allows him to latch onto defenders, as long as he keeps his feet moving.  You will see in the video upcoming that he is an excellent run blocker.

Cons: He realizes a bit too much on his own size, strength, and athleticism.  He didn’t improve a lot through his years in college, which causes questions about his work ethic.  There also is a lot of questions about his ability in pass blocking, which is where my pause comes.

Take a look at the video and see for yourself:

What you don’t see in the highlights are Massie’s pass blocking abilities, which makes you wonder why they are not being featured. He is excellent in run blocking, no doubt. But the Jets already have a right tackle that is suspect in the passing game, and if the tackle they are targetting this high is also suspect, they might just consider looking elsewhere.