Teams can't fill all oftheir needs in the first round of the NFL Draft. In fact, you can make an argument that being right with second- and third-round selections is as important -- maybe even more important -- when it comes to long-term success for any franchise.
With that in mind, let's use today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile to look at an impressive offensive tackle prospect who looks like a second or third round choice this April -- Bobby Massie of Mississippi.
Massie appears to be a right tackle prospect only as that is where he played exclusively at Mississippi, and scouting reports indicate that is where he should stay. As Giants fans know, it just so happens right tackle is a spot where the Giants could use a long-term answer.
Draft Countdown's Scott Wright called the NFL Scouting Combine a "coming out party" for Massie. Wright added that Massie "is a very intriguing prospect with an outstanding frame (6-6⅛, 316) and long arms. After an eye-opening performance in Indy those who have been touting Massie as a Top 100 talent should feel vindicated."
Here is part of the Draft Tek scouting report on Massie, which was written prior to his impressive work at the Combine:
"Quite the physical specimen and surprisingly light on his feet for a man his size ... 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."
- 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
CBS Sports says Massie is "clearly among the more gifted offensive tackles of this class and has a shot at earning a top 50 selection."
Bobby Massie Profile
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Complete List Of Prospect Profiles
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson