Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) gets past Florida State Seminoles defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (20) and linebacker Telvin Smith (22) to score a touchdown during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams Surprise and Take Tre Mason In The Third Round


Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) carries the ball past the blocking of Greg Robinson (73) against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

After taking Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner in the second round at the 41st pick, the Rams waited 34 picks until they were back on the clock. May thought that it would be Terrence Brooks, Gabe Jackson, or Pierre Desir, but the Rams went in a different direction and added to an already deep backfield.

Last season the Rams went with a pair of players in the first and third round in Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey that both went to the same school, and this year the Rams reunite Greg Robinson and Mason.

The Rams have Stacy, Cunningham, Richardson, Pead, and Reynolds in the backfield and unless the team is moving on from Pead or Richardson, you have to wonder where Mason fits in the Rams’ plans.

Mason is a smaller back with speed but still brings power. If the Rams plan on using him as the number two guy, Stacy and Mason will be a good one-two punch.

Here’s what Nolan Nawrocki of nfl.com had to say,

 

“The SEC Player of the Year, Mason is a compactly built, nifty-footed runner with a balanced skill set to merit 20 touches per game at the next level. Fits in multiple schemes and has the chops to make an impact as a rookie.”

 

Most likely the rams will now be done for the remainder of day 2, and so far in the draft have four players who will be able to come in and have an immediate impact. The NFC West is going to be a fight to the death next season.

The St. Louis Rams hold one pick in the fourth round, two picks in the sixth round, and four picks in the seventh round tomorrow when the draft resumes at 11:00 CT. The Rams traded away their fifth round pick to trade up for Joyner.

 

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  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    I was initially disappointed that they decided to draft Mason over Terrence Brooks.