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Mason Foster (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    245 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 5/8 in.
  • College:
    Washington
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 20 (84)

Pick Analysis: The Buccaneers need athleticism and toughness at their linebacker spots, and Mason fits the bill on both accounts. He is a highly productive player with the instincts and awareness to find the ball quickly. He will certainly vie for playing time as a backup and core special teamer.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.75 sec
  • Bench Press22.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump31.0 inch
  • Broad Jump110.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.14 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.45 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle12.26 sec
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Overview

Foster projects as a future starting 3-4 inside linebacker or SAM 'backer in a 4-3. Will immediately provide excellent depth and contribute on special teams. Nice combination of size and speed. Shows impressive awareness and instincts reading run, staying in position against misdirection, and in coverage. Has good range against the run, is athletic enough to hold up in man coverage, and is a sure, reliable tackler. However, doesn't have sideline-to-sideline ability, struggles at times shedding blocks, and doesn't bring much production as a pass rusher. Foster is a low-risk prospect who could help out a team as a rookie and should be selected on Day 2.


Strengths

Foster has terrific size with enough speed. Has outstanding instincts. Diagnoses quickly and flies to the football but also plays disciplined. Moves well for a big 'backer and has good range. Does a good job sifting through the trash. Sound tackler. Displays good awareness in zone coverage and can matchup in man. Good motor. Special teams experience.

Weaknesses

Needs to become more consistent taking on blockers. Can be swallowed up in the box. Adept at slipping blocks but goes this route too often and runs past plays. Has enough range but not a sideline-to-sideline guy. Will over pursue out of control at times. Not much of a pass rushing threat.

Grade

5.3

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 Draft Profile - LB Mason Foster, Washington

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Washington linebacker Mason Foster.

  2. 2011 combine workout: Mason Foster

    Published: March 15, 2011 at 03:06 p.m.

    Watch Washington LB Mason Foster perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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