While Borland was an ultra-productive player (420 career tackles, 17 sacks) for a high-level program, his lack of height (he measured 5-foot-11½ at the NFL Scouting Combine) and short arms (29¼ inches) bother some teams. The positives, though, are his intensity, high football IQ and physical nature. He's a three-down linebacker who has the ability to drop into coverage and also serve as an effective blitzer as an inside 'backer.
Mason (5-8½, 207) is not a burner (4.50 in the 40-yard dash at the combine), but he is a tough inside runner who handled a huge workload (317 carries, including six games with at least 27) last season for an extremely run-heavy Auburn club. His receiving ability is a question -- he had just 19 career receptions -- as is his ability to protect the quarterback. He wasn't asked to block at Auburn, and that's a facet of his game that could further suffer as a rookie because of the rehabilitation time he will need after the wrist surgery.