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Tre Mason NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for St. Louis Rams RB

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) reaches out to fend off  Missouri defensive back Randy Ponder (7) during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Mason is one of six finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in  New York. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

Tre Mason, RB, Auburn (HT: 5’8½”, WT: 207 lbs)

St. Louis Rams

Third Round: 75th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Combine Weigh-in
HeightWeightArmHand
508420730"9"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.501.5038.5"10'6"DNP4.15
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Positives

  • Possesses a low center of gravity and excellent balance. Bouncing off would-be tacklers and gaining yards after contact
  • Patient runner who will allow his blocks to develop and explode through the hole
  • Flashes burst, displaying some acceleration and changes speeds well
  • Shows some power. Lowers his shoulder and punishes defenders
  • Elusive and slippery runner, makes defenders miss in the hole and in space. Utilizes a jump-cut, sidesteps defenders and breaks lazy tackles
  • Strong and compactly built
  • Good vision, does a nice job of seeing small creases in traffic and finding cutback lanes in space
  • Displays a physical, rugged style. Finishes runs and always falls forward
  • Fairly agile and quick, changes direction well
  • Runs with good pad level and keeps his legs churning on contact
  • High-effort player who fights to stay on his feet
  • Very effective between the tackles due to combination of patience, vision, agility and power
  • Can bounce outside and hurt defenses after turning the corner
  • Capable in short-yardage situations, grinds out the tough yards
  • Has special-teams experience. Was a very good kick returner at Auburn
  • Finished his college career playing the best football of his career. Gouged some of the nation’s best defenses in his final games
  • Has been very durable to this point and, aside from carrying the load late in the 2013 season, has relatively little wear on his tires

Negatives

  • Ball security is a huge concern. Fumbled eight times in the last two seasons, or approximately once per 65 touches
  • Lacks proper pass-protection technique. Does not sustain blocks and is often overpowered
  • Has average top-end speed. He is not an especially dynamic runner and can be caught from behind
  • Relatively inexperienced or perhaps underutilized as a receiver. Had only 18 career receptions at Auburn
  • Patience a double-edged sword as it can sometimes be perceived as hesitation. There is some wasted movement
  • Shows little effort when it comes to blocking. Does not work to pick up blocks in space
  • Benefited by playing behind a very good run-blocking offensive line in a running-back-friendly system
  • Will likely be seen as a candidate for a committee, at least right away. Does not offer much on third down at this point and will need to improve as both a blocker and receiver

 

Rushing Statistics
YearTeamCarYdsAvgTD
2011Aubrun281615.81
2012Auburn17110025.98
2013Auburn31718165.723
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/stats/_/id/511828/tre-mason
Receiving Statistics
YearTeamRecYdsAvgTD
2011Auburn000.00
2012Auburn78612.30
2013Auburn1216313.61
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/stats/_/id/511828/tre-mason

 

Personal Notes

  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year 2013
  • Second-team All-American 2013
  • First-team All-American 2013
  • Heisman Trophy finalist 2013
  • SEC Championship Game MVP
  • Majored in Public Administration
  • Father is a member of hip-hop group “De La Soul”

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

The workhorse for the SEC champion Auburn Tigers, Tre Mason elevated his play toward the end of his college career. Blessed with a low center of gravity and excellent balance, he weakened opponents and gained more yards after contact as games wore on. His compact build and fairly rugged style is reminiscent of NFL stars such as Ray Rice and Frank Gore. While he must improve in the passing game, potential exists for him to develop into a feature back at the next level.  

 

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

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