Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/30/12
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 center. Bentley turned to developing linemen when a knee injury and staph infection ended his career with the Browns before it started. He earned proper certifications, and opened the only school for professional linemen in the nation. Massie follows Bentleys protocols, which Bentley said are designed for daily improvement. At 10 at night, Bentley sends a text to each participant saying what time to report the next day. It might be 11 a.m., it might be 6:30. If a guy is out he has to be on time the next day, or go home and Bentley tells him he lost a day to get better. Workouts are tailored specifically to offensive line skills, with regular film study on NFL teams and linemen included (One day this week was dedicated to former Seattle tackle Walter Jones.) Those who cant keep up or dont show up are sent packing. Alex Boone, a backup on the San Francisco 49ers, said working with Bentley can change the world for a young lineman like Massie, who left Ole Miss after his junior season. Bobby is here learning how to be a pro, Bentley said. Hes here in Cleveland because he wants to get better, he wants to work. You dont come to Cleveland in January if you dont. Some guys want to go and be treated like a rock star. He doesnt want to be treated like a rock star. He could have gone anywhere and ridden around in a new car with a 100,000 credit line and not done the things to get ready to be a pro. But hes acting and living like a pro. Bentleys love is the offensive line, but he has watched as more and more young athletes are put on defense at linebacker, rush end, safety. Meanwhile, offensive linemen have merely gotten bigger. He wants to combat the increased athleticism on the defensive side with the same on the offensive side. A day at the Academy includes four meals eaten two or three hours apart and put together by a nutritionist. Mondays selections featured pork loin with cabbage, turkey meatloaf and broccoli, chicken marsala and spinach and a chicken Caesar salad. A breakfast no carbs and supplements and shakes make up the rest of the days feast. I havent had anything fried in so long, Massie said. I used to like fast food, fatty food. Thats all gone now. Its the reason hes lost his love handles and pudgy rolls. Massie was a typical big lineman with athletic skills, a guy who used his size to win. I was big, he said, but I really wasnt that strong. Now he has refined his physique, improved his skills and streamlined his body, and his approach. The difference is noticeable. His metabolic profile, Bentley said, has changed. Massie grew up in Lynchburg, Va., and played three seasons at Ole Miss, starting 29 games at right tackle. When he considered the draft, he said he was told he should return for another year. His mother, though, lives in a poor area of the city. I just want to take care of her, he said. Shes been helping me my whole life. Massie did not make All-SEC, in part because the Ole Miss offense struggled. Three quarterbacks played, all with different styles, and they were sacked 31 times. NFL teams will love his size, but at this point the draftniks put him sixth or seventh among all offensive tackles and behind Ohio States Mike Adams. Most projections have him going in the third or fourth round, maybe in the second. But Massie will attend the combine, where he hopes to turn heads with more than his size. I really wasnt too privileged growing up, Massie said. Football is one way to change that. Being here, its a blessing. Not everybody gets the opportunity, and the people who do get it might not take advantage of it.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tony Romo upset with situation, distancing himself from teammates and coach

Kings owner looking for an executive to place over Vlade Divac

Six reasons Raiders' move to Las Vegas will be awesome

Elway: Broncos plan to 'stay the course' with Siemian, Lynch

Boykin may have violated probation, could face jail time

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USF suspends DB indefinitely for role in shooting, arrest

Softball player, coach get physical in handshake line

Kraft: Patriots do not intend to trade Malcolm Butler

Brandon Marshall talks about how he can help Odell Beckham

Scherzer makes Tebow look silly in spring training at-bat

Lonzo Ball discusses headlines his father creates

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker