Tre Mason – RB Auburn, 5’8″, 207 LBS, 30″ Arm Length
Drafted Round 3, Pick 11, St. Louis Rams
Combine Results: 4.50 Forty | 38.5″ Vertical Jump | 126″ Broad Jump
- Played 12 games as a true freshman.
- Led SEC in kickoff return yardage as freshman.
- In 2013, he was the first non-QB to lead Auburn in total yards since Bo Jackson.
- Heisman Trophy finalist
- SEC Offensive Player Of The Year
NFL Impact: Mason had a tremendous 2013 with Auburn that was capped off by being named as one of the Heisman Trophy finalists. Mason has the skills to be a three-down back in the NFL and should be one of the first backs taken in the draft.
One of the only knocks on Mason is the report that he needs to have surgery on his wrist after the draft. He has stated that he will not need surgery but apparently, more than a few clubs disagree. The surgery, whether it happens or not, shouldn’t play a big role in deciding where he’s drafted. The recovery time for this surgery would bring him back on the field in time for the preseason. He’ll miss valuable time at training camp but teams shouldn’t count this against him.
He’ll need to bulk up once in the NFL but with his range of skills, he could play a prominent role as a rookie. The other big thing Mason needs work on is pass protection. He wasn’t asked to work on third-downs situations much at Auburn, and this could delay his progress at the next level.
To start, he may be asked to return kicks, something he did quite well as a freshman at Auburn.
Fantasy Impact: I really don’t think the Rams expected to take another RB early after taking two the previous year but Mason might just have been the best player on their board. With Zac Stacy already lined up to be the starter, this was more of a luxury pick.
I don’t think Mason will overtake Stacy but he has a shot at winning backup duties. In order to do that though, he will have to work diligently on his pass protection. Something that I don’t think will come easy. Expect him to be the Rams third RB when the season starts and he will have virtually no fantasy value in drafts.
Of course, if something were to happen to Stacy throughout the year, Mason is a rock and is able to handle a big load of work. And at the very least, he would be an ideal running back on first and second down. The Rams got tremendous value out of this pick.