Draft Profile: Pat Massey

GoBlueWolverine's Josh Turel breaks down the draft prospects of this year's departing Wolverines. The focus of this report is DT/DE Pat Massey

Pat Massey
Defensive Tackle/End
5th Year Senior
6’7, 290

Testing: Michigan Pro Day
5.0, 5.1 Forty Yard Dash Times
4.6 Short Shuttle
7.40 Three Cone
25 ½ -inch Vertical
8 ft 7 in. Broad Jump

Massey has a very tall, lanky frame with room to add even more bulk. He played at between 275-280 last year and has really made some strides putting weight on, getting up to 290. His long arms are ideal to gain separation. He has experience in a 3-4 system and shows good football intelligence and pursuit angles in space. Massey plays with a good lean and has a nasty streak at times. He's a tough, blue collar player that will be a great influence on his teammates.

Massey has a very hard time gaining a leverage advantage because of his tall frame. Defenders get into his body too often and he cannot anchor against double teams. His limited pass rush ability will prevent many teams from penciling him in as a defensive end in a 4-3. He doesn’t fire off the ball well and his overall quickness is lacking. He needs to get stronger and defend the run better. Tackles with his arms too often and needs to polish his technique.

Massey will likely find his chance at the next level as a defensive end. He had his best playing days as a defensive end in Michigan’s 3-4 defensive schemes of the 2004 season and has potential here. He body weight has finally caught up with his very long frame, which is a plus. His size, arm length, and experience at the 3-4 defensive end position will give him some looks from teams that employ that scheme. Teams are always experimenting with players at the line positions in this scheme and I expect Massey to make it into a camp. He could spend a couple of years on a practice squad to develop. Massey has been doing workouts in Cleveland along with various places across the country. He has really dedicated himself to working hard and expect him to latch on somewhere. One AFC team I spoke with is also considering him as an offensive tackle project.

Draft Stock:
7th Round -Free Agent

NFL Comparisons:
Grant Irons-Oakland Raiders
Matthias Askew-Cincinnati Bengals
Kenderick Allen-New York Giants

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