Auburn vs. FSU: Players Who Improved Their Draft Stock in BCS Title Game

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 8, 2014

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Running back Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers runs for 37-yard touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles in the fourth quarter to take a 31-27 lead in the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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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.

 

Tre Mason

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Running back Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers reacts to a play against the Florida State Seminoles during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by H
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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.

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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.

 

Greg Robinson

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Offensive linesman Greg Robinson #73 of the Auburn Tigers on the field during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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.

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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. 

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said this Monday night about Robinson.

 

Mario Edwards Jr.

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) is tackled by Florida State Seminoles defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (15) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl.  Mandatory Credit:
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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.

BushidoNole talked about Edwards Jr.'s growth since he arrived in Tallahassee.

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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