Mason Foster to Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

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Mason Foster, a 6’1”, 245-pound outside linebacker out of Washington, has a myriad of college honors on his résumé: Scout.com and Rivals.com First-Team All-America, AP Third-Team All-America, All-Pac-10 first team.

And he deserved every one of them, posting a remarkable 163 tackles as a senior, good for second best in the nation.

“You don't rack up that level of production without strong instincts,” writes Jeff Reynolds of The Sports XChange, “and Foster plays with a good level of aggression without often getting fooled by misdirection.”

The concerns about Foster, though, are with his athleticism. He ran a mediocre 4.65 40 and could struggle against pro players with greater strength, speed and power.

“The questions scouts have,” says Chad Reuter of NFLDraftScout.com, “will be about his ability to chase down quicker NFL ball-carriers and stand up against more physical linemen at the next level.”

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