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Drafted By: Rams
  • Round 3
  • Pick 11
  • Overall 75

Combine Results

Grade
5.88 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 38.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 126.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.15 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I've been waiting for him to come off the board. He gets north; he gets south. He played so well in the national championship game and caught peoples' eyes. Mason has jump-cut lateral quickness to accelerate up the field. The only thing I don't like is his pass pro. The next time he blocks somebody in pass pro will be the first time." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'8" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 207LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

His father, Vincent "DJ Maseo" Mason, is a member of the Grammy Award-winning hip hop group De La Soul. Was a top Florida prep running back, rushing for 1,643 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 2010. Played in 12 games as a true freshman for Auburn in '11, rushing 28 times for 166 yards (5.9-yard average) and one touchdown while returning 24 kickoffs for 633 yards (26.4) and one touchdown. Led the SEC in kickoff return average. Won the kickoff return job in camp and scored on a 97-yard scamper in his collegiate debut. After seeing limited action down the stretch, including losing his job as the kick returner, he was forced into a prominent role in the Chick-fil-A Bowl after starter Michael Dyer was suspended -- Mason responded with a 9-64-1 performance against Virginia. Did not play in one game (coach's decision). Had a much larger role in '12, splitting time at running back and rushing 171-1,002-8 (5.9) and catching 7-86-0 (12.3) in 12 games (five starts). Was the first non-QB to lead Auburn in total offense since Bo Jackson in 1985. Had a breakout campaign in '13, piling up 317-1,816-23 (5.7) on the ground, 12-163-1 (13.6) receiving and 15-395-1 (26.3) returning kickoffs in 14 games (12 starts). Was a Heisman Trophy finalist, breaking Bo Jackson's single-season school mark with his SEC-high rushing yardage total. Also set school single-season records for all-purpose yards (2,374) and rushing touchdowns in winning SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Over Auburn's final three games against Alabama, Missouri and Florida State, he racked up 663 yards on the ground -- including a memorable 46-304-4 affair against Mizzou in the SEC Championship Game. Followed up that performance with 195 rushing yards vs. Florida State, the most ever for a running back in a BCS Championship Game.

Analysis

Strengths

Low center of gravity and pad level. Quick out of the blocks. Good vision to pick and slide. Can jump-cut abruptly and change the angle of pursuit. Darts through holes -- excellent stop-and-start quickness. Spins off contact. Forward lean. Runs bigger than his size and finishes runs. Flashes good hands and creativity as a short receiver in limited exposure. Trustworthy in pass protection -- faces up rushers. Has kickoff-return experience and has shown he can take it the distance. Proved capable of handling a heavy workload and played big in big games against top competition. Has a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal size and could stand to bulk up to withstand a pounding. At times dances more than he should instead of taking what the defense gives. Seldom used as a receiver out of the backfield and could sharpen his route running. Can take better care of the football -- eight fumbles the last two seasons. Durability could be an issue given his running style. Played in an up-tempo, power-spread system and benefited from light boxes, fatigued defenses and a strong offensive line.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Bottom Line

The SEC Player of the Year, Mason is a compactly built, nifty-footed runner with a balanced skill set to merit 20 touches per game at the next level. Fits in multiple schemes and has the chops to make an impact as a rookie.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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