Updates from Sunday, May 4
Dan Parr of NFL.com has more on the impact of Tre Mason's injury on his draft stock:
NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reported last week that NFL teams he talked to said Mason would pass a physical, despite the issue, and NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that of the six teams he's talked to about Mason's injury, none said it hurts his stock.
Tre Mason, the former Auburn star and current NFL prospect, will reportedly need to undergo surgery for a wrist injury after the upcoming draft.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, a medical exam at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine revealed that the running back has a bone in his wrist that is not properly healing:
Combine exams revealed #Auburn RB Tre Mason had a bone in his wrist that wasn’t healing properly. Needs surgery, knocks him out of OTAs, etc— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2014
Rapoport reported that Mason was a surprise visitor to the post-combine medical recheck in Indianapolis. The 20-year-old will reportedly need surgery and will likely miss organized team activities and other offseason events, but should be back on the field in time for the preseason slate:
#Auburn RB Tre Mason a surprise visitor to Combine medical rechecks, per source. Needs wrist surgery post-draft, should be back by preseason— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2014
Mason himself is denying the claim, tweeting a message to Rapoport calling the report “false” and bluntly stating he does not need surgery.
@RapSheet this is false and DO NOT need any type of surgery!— Tre Mason (@TreMason21) April 25, 2014
However, Rapoport stuck by his story, detailing the kind of surgery he would need:
The surgery teams have been informed Tre Mason needs is to fuse a bone in his wrist that hasn’t healed properly.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2014
If the improperly healing bone is truly a concern, it is worth noting that Mason was able to play through the injury and star in the Iron Bowl, SEC Championship and BCS Championship game, as per James Crepea of USA Today Sports.
Tre Mason played with wrist injury that reportedly requires surgery in the Iron Bowl, SEC Championship and BCSNCG.— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) April 25, 2014
The Tigers superstar put up a whopping 663 yards and six touchdowns on the ground during that three-game stretch. Those performances had scouts and fans everywhere buzzing about his potential at the next level.
Mason announced shortly after his team’s narrow loss in the national championship tilt that he would take his talents to the NFL, saying at the time (as per Simone Eli of Fox10TV.com): “Words can’t even describe how it’s going to be because it’s going to be a dream come true.”
Despite this injury, Mason is still regarded as one of the premier prospects at his position and should be one of, if not, the first running backs off the board in May.
Rapoport noted that NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah reported the ailment was originally discovered at the combine back in February, but it shouldn’t hurt his stock. The back was considered to be a second-rounder before the injury was brought to light and will likely still fall somewhere around there.
Senior Bowl director Phil Savage described Mason’s elite ability to Marq Burnett of the Ledger-Enquirer:
He plays bigger than his listed size and finishes every run. The way the running back position is going, most people are carving it up into different roles and I absolutely believe he can find a role in the NFL. What he's going to have to prove in the spring is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and his ability to pass protect because you didn't get to see him do much of that in Auburn's system.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has Mason vying with Carlos Hyde for the top running back position on his big board:
Auburn RB Tre Mason to declare for NFL draft, per @JoelAEricksonAU. Will be a race between he and Carlos Hyde for my top RB spot.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 9, 2014
Don’t be surprised if Mason shakes off this surgery like a would-be tackler and dominates in the NFL.