The 2014 BCS title game was one of the most thrilling title games in history. The Florida State Seminoles emerged victorious, 34-31.
Along the way, we saw a few players with aspirations of playing in the NFL improve their draft stock. Both the Auburn Tigers and the Seminoles have a high volume of players headed to the next level. The following three really improved their chances of hearing their names called sooner rather than later.
The Heisman Trophy finalist may have cemented his place as college football's best running back. In defeat, Tre Mason did everything he possibly could to lead his team to victory.
He caught a touchdown pass and ran for 195 yards—which included a 37-yard touchdown scamper with just 1:19 left in the game.
Mason showed excellent vision, power and heart the entire season. In Monday's loss, he broke Bo Jackson's single-season rushing record at Auburn.
Mason is only a junior, but he'd be wise to bolt for the NFL. He ran the ball 317 times this season. Durability is always a concern with any player but especially a running back.
It's about time Mason was paid for his next attempt.
Yes, Mason is a beast, but his offensive line is equally as beastly. Greg Robinson is the best of the bunch. His ability to move his large frame reminded me of a healthy Jason Peters.
Robinson obliterated Lamarcus Joyner on Mason's 12-yard touchdown on a screen play.
Match this type of athleticism with the strength and sturdiness the 6'5", 320-pounder provides and you have a potential stud at left tackle.
Robinson apparently knows his worth. He announced his intentions to enter the 2014 NFL draft Tuesday.
This was a tough decision but I have decided to declare for the NFL Draft.— Greg Robinson (@GregRobinson73) January 7, 2014
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said this Monday night about Robinson.
If you want a powerful, dominant run blocking LT in the NFL, Greg Robinson is the best in this year's potential crop there.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 7, 2014
Mario Edwards Jr.
With a sack and several next-level plays around the ball, Mario Edwards Jr. proved himself to be worthy of consideration if he should choose to enter the NFL draft.
He showed great mobility and stamina as he defended the Tigers run game, and he chased down the fleet-footed Nick Marshall all game. Warchant.com recognized Edwards Jr.'s sack on Marshall.
Mario Edwards is having a payday game. Big tackle there on Marshall.— Warchant.com (@Warchant) January 7, 2014
BushidoNole talked about Edwards Jr.'s growth since he arrived in Tallahassee.
How phenomenal has Mario Edwards Jr been this season? His progression from his Freshman to Sophomore year has been amazing. (cont)— Infidel (@BushidoNole) January 7, 2014
He hasn't made a public decision yet on his future, but this game could be a "payday" performance for the talented defensive lineman.
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