Tre Mason NFL Draft 2014: Grading Rams' Third Round Pick

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Tre Mason, the supremely talented Auburn running back, was drafted 75th overall by the St. Louis Rams Friday in the 2014 NFL draft. Mason is one of the best backs in the draft, and his potential was too much for the Rams to pass up. 

Mason was the key cog in Auburn's offensive attack last season, establishing himself as a dynamic playmaker as a rusher and a returner. He was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year as well as a first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American selection in 2013. 

Mason has great speed and hits the hole hard. He's a one-cut back, using good vision and strong legs to create yards. He's tough to tackle and versatile enough to return kicks. He's a skilled pass-blocker, as well. 

But Mason does have his warts. He's small for a back, which can be problematic and lead to injury issues. He doesn't have a second gear to get separation from pursuers, and no one's quite sure how he'll fare in the passing game as a receiver because Auburn didn't throw to him on the rare occasions they decided to pass the ball in 2013. 

Will Mason's skill as a back make him a valuable asset in the pros? Or will his size and lack of pass-catching experience hurt him at the next level? Watch as our draft experts break down Mason's ceiling and what he brings to the pros as a rookie. 

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