AVON, Ohio Most NFL draft prospects spent last week in Mobile, Ala., practicing in front of NFL scouts and coaches and preparing for the Senior Bowl.
Bobby Massie spent the week in Cleveland, Ohio, working to reach his goal.
I want to be a first-round draft pick, Massie said Monday morning, sitting in the LeCharles Bentley O-Line Academy in a Lorain County town more known for farms than football.
The eye test would say he is ready. Massie is a lean and chiseled 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds. Work and diet have helped him transform a body that had too much fat into one that looks pro ready. Footwork drills have helped Massie improve his "kick slide" (backpedal), and he now feels ready to go to the NFL as a left or right tackle.
Im doing stuff Ive never done before, Massie said of his five-week stay at Bentleys Academy. Thats why I came up here instead of going to Florida or California.
The Academy is run by Bentley, a Cleveland native and former Ohio State and New Orleans Saints...