Immediately after Auburn‘s star running back Tre Mason announced his intentions to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, it quickly led many to wonder if Mason will be a starter at the NFL level. The answer to that question is a very simple one. Tre Mason is a definite starter at the next level. He’s coming off a record-breaking season in the SEC, which is essentially the college game’s version of the NFL anyway, and Mason has all the skills you want in your starter at the professional level. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what these skills are…
While Mason isn’t necessarily the fastest back in this draft class, it’s his quickness that really sets him apart from others. Mason is able to find the hole and burst through it so quickly that by the time the defense even has a chance to react, Mason is already 10 yards down the field. This quickness also comes into play when Mason finds himself matched up on a defender, as he’s able to make the quick cut to avoid tackles. Mason has the quickness of an NFL starter.
When watching Mason play, you can’t help but notice how much power the man runs with. He simply steamrolls over defenders, reminding many of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. While maybe not quite as powerful as Lynch, Mason is a monster to try to tackle. He can break tackles with ease, and he bursts through the line with such power and explosion that it’s next to impossible to tackle him with one player.
One of a running back’s most important traits is the ability to see the entire field, and Tre Mason certainly has that ability. Mason locates the hole quickly, and knows exactly where opposing defenders are at all times. When you have a back with the ability to see the field like Mason, you better believe he’s a starter at the next level.