Tre Mason, RB

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Palm Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.502.60-- 38 1/2-4.15-
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.452.501.53- 38 1/210'6"4.15-

Player Overview

The highly athletic Mason was born into a musical family as his father, Vincent, is a member of the hip-hop group "De La Soul." Tre quickly found his mark in football, however, growing up in Palm Beach, Fla.

He rushed for 1,643 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 2010 and was rated as the No. 14 running back recruit in the nation by Rivals.com.

Mason wasted no time making an impact at Auburn, rushing for 161 yards on 28 carries while leading the Tigers with 633 yards on 24 kickoff returns. He took over a more prominent role entering the 2012 season, and became a starter at midseason. Mason went on to lead the team with 1,002 rushing yards and was the first non-quarterback to lead Auburn in total offense for a season since Bo Jackson in 1985.

That set the stage for Mason to attack more of Jackson's entries in the Auburn record books as a junior. He went on to break Jackson's single-season rushing record on his last carry at Auburn in the BCS title game loss to Florida State, led the SEC in rushing and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

With a pair of monster performances to close out his 2013 season, Mason decided to jump on the opportunity to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

"After all the thought, talking to family and friends, I talked to my mom and dad, went over it a lot with them," Mason said Jan. 9. "I'm going to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft."

"I just came in here wanting to be the best," Mason said. "Breaking Bo Jackson's record was a goal of mine from the time the season started, and I believe God blessed me with the opportunity to do that."

Mason leaves Auburn after rushing for more than a 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons, including his 1,816 yards this season, a mark that broke Jackson's record of 1,786 yards set in 1983.

At 5-10 and 205 pounds, Mason doesn't have a prototypical frame for his style of running, but he pounds the ball like he's 25 pounds heavier with his compact build and low pad level.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Compact build and runs low to the ground, dropping his pads and powering forward with a low center of gravity...very good feel in space and heavy traffic with the elusiveness and quick feet to make defenders miss...above average vision and decisiveness to see and hit the hole...very good acceleration, burst and foot speed to scamper away from defenders...terrific patience and instincts to allow the blocks to develop...runs energetic with leg drive, making it a chore to finish him off...very tough and has shown the ability to finish runs and games - seven games of 25+ carries in 2013...special teams experience as a KR - 26.4 average and 2 scores over his career...strong junior campaign, leading the SEC in rushing yards (1,816) and rushing touchdowns (23) - set a new Auburn record for single-season all-purpose yardage (2,374).

WEAKNESSES: Lacks an ideal NFL frame and appears near maxed out physically - will probably never consistently weigh above 210 pounds...lacks ideal power and isn't a push-the-pile type...some workload questions at the next level...decent receiving skills, but has room to improve in this area - 19 career catches and he wasn't a primary target in the passing game at Auburn...inconsistent in pass protection and needs extensive mechanical work in this area to improve his base, awareness and punch...college production came in a very RB-friendly spread offense.

COMPARES TO: Ray Rice, Ravens - Mason's compact build, vision and ability to cut and go with underrated power is reminiscent of a young Rice. Much of Rice's success at Rutgers and since with the Ravens has come from a traditional I-formation attack.

--Dane Brugler

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