Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Rams, Round 3. Was a junior. He went a little later than I expected – I expected him to go in Round 2, but in a good situation, where I expect him to be part of a solid committee with Zac Stacy. Has the skills to be effective in the NFL as either a workhorse or as a strong member of a running-back-by-committee approach.

Positives: Though his height and bulk are low, he has a solid build. Above-average track speed for the position. Runs with adequate speed and above-average burst. Above-average ability to stop his momentum and restart with good acceleration. Is elusive in the open field, with good vision, lateral movement, and change-of-direction ability. Above-average power – can push the pile and knock defenders back on impact. Good balance for yards after contact and gets low, lowers his shoulders, and churns well for extra yards. Patient runner who waits for blocks to develop. Demonstrates pretty good ball security technique when he knows contact is coming, and will cover up the ball with both hands. Okay pass blocker in that he gets in the way.

Negatives: Short for the position, with slightly below-average bulk. Below-average hand size. Though his track speed is above-average for the position, it is slightly below average for his size.Needs to learn to follow his blockers in short-yardage situations. Inconsistent hands, and tends to body catch. Seems a little bit indecisive behind the line and dances too much when he should push the ball toward the line and rely on his vision and blockers. As a pass blocker, seems passive – does not get enough leverage and doesn’t seem aggressive.

Projection: On the Rams, he probably won’t be much more than an RB3, but he has RB2 potential. Draft in the second round of dynasty rookie drafts.

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