Mason is expected to be available for the preseason, according to Rapoport. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah indicated news of Mason's pending surgery would not affect his draft stock, but said it could be a determining factor for a team with another running back graded evenly. Jeremiah sees Mason being chosen in the mid-to-latter part of the second round.
According to Rapoport, a bone in Mason's wrist hasn't properly healed and will need to be surgically fused.
Mason led the Tigers to a BCS National Championship Game appearance in compiling a whopping 1,816 yards on 317 carries as a junior last season, with 23 touchdowns. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranks him as the draft's No. 4 running back prospect, behind LSU's Jeremy Hill and ahead of Boston College's Andre Williams.