The St. Louis Rams drafted running back Tre Mason in the third round (No. 75 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. People got excited.
Well, almost everyone got excited.
I don’t like picks of RBs here (Mason), especially after taking backs the past two years, but he’s good. GRADE: C+ http://t.co/KPxAyHqyNs
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 10, 2014
Mason broke Auburn’s single-season rushing record set by Bo Jackson with 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns and the selection keeps him with his teammate — offensive lineman Greg Robinson — who was selected by the Rams with the second pick overall.
It also opens up some questions for Rams’ incumbent running back Zac Stacy.
Tre Mason says Rams coaches told him that he’ll compete for the starting job
— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) May 29, 2014
Stacy started 12 games for St. Louis in 2013 as a rookie and had 250 carries for 973 yards and seven touchdowns, plus caught 26 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Where Stacy really excelled was gaining yards after contact. According to ProFootballfocus, Stacy averaged the sixth-most yards after contact (2.45) among running back that took at least half of their team’s attempts last season.
According to the 2013 Charting Project, Mason had 349 yards after contact on 240 attempts (1.45). “He’s very good with the tough yards,” Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn said before the NFL draft. “He falls forward a lot.”
It wasn’t too long ago that Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he believed Stacy will become that “70 percent of the carries guy,” so I wouldn’t move Tre mason up on your fantasy draft board just yet.