Scouting Report: Tre Mason

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Tre Mason

RB. Jr. Auburn



Height: 5’8”                                Weight: 207                          Arm length: 30”                       40 yard Dash: 4.50

Broad Jump: 126 in                  Bench: DNP                          Vertical jump: 38.5 in            20 yard Shuttle: 4.15      

 


Strengths

·         Low center of gravity, hard to tackle

·         Great lateral agility

·         Has a knack for shedding tackles and not taking full force of contact

·         Good at setting up his blocks, natural feel for running lanes

·         Acceleration and burst are impressive

·         Can put his foot in the ground and explode up field

·         Fluid hips and very good balance

·         Runs behind pads, finishes run falling forward

·         Fearless between tackles despite size

·         Good field awareness and vision

·         Elusive runner with good moves

 

Weaknesses

·         Does not have elite long speed

·         Small and lacks bulk to take NFL abuse

·         Can’t put his head down and push a pile, too small

·         Dances too much and doesn’t always make decisive cuts

·         Tries to make every run a homerun.

Analysis:

Tre Mason is the most natural runner in the 2014 NFL draft. He has the natural instincts to find the open lanes and the moves to make defenders miss. His lateral agility is impressive as well. When he touches the ball in the open field, Tre Mason really shines. What he lacks is size. He needs to gain about 15 pounds without sacrificing his movement ability to be considered a feature back in the NFL. His numbers are also inflated by the spread option system at Auburn. He also ran behind Greg Robinson and the Auburn offensive line. Mason could be a great rotational back at the next level but he probably won’t be a starter at the next level.