Rams Draft Running Back Tre Mason 75th Overall

Posted May 9, 2014

The St. Louis Rams rushed to the podium to select speedy Auburn running back Tre Mason 75th overall.

In a draft selection that provides the Rams with a valued change of pace back to add to the competition behind feature back Zac Stacy, the Rams built from a position of strength by selecting Auburn University’s Tre Mason with the team’s third-round pick.

Though the Rams already feature considerable depth at the running back position, Mason’s availability at 75th overall became an obvious choice.

“That was the nature of the pick, and that’s where we are right now,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said of selecting who the Rams believe was the best player available. “We just couldn’t pass him up.”

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Mason was the primary benefactor of Auburn’s top-ranked rushing attack during the 2013 season, as he piled up 1,816 yards to break Bo Jackson’s single season school rushing record. His college football career was punctuated by an SEC Championship game that saw Mason roll up 304 yards and four touchdowns on a whopping 46 carries against Missouri. The pick of Mason gives the Rams the two most integral parts of Auburn’s 2013 run-heavy offense, in Mason and offensive tackle Greg Robinson. The Rams’ new running back couldn’t be happier to be reunited with his favorite lead blocker.

“Me and Greg are a dynamic duo,” Mason said. “We know each others’ tendencies and techniques. It will be great to continue on with that.”

The Rams have leaned heavily on the draft to supply their roster with backfield options since Snead and Fisher took the reins prior to the 2012 season. Mason becomes the fourth running back selected through the draft by Fisher and Snead in that time period.

“We value them (running backs) probably a little more than other teams,” Snead said. “That’s Coach Fisher’s paradigm, of running the football.”

Mason, who represented one of the fastest running backs available in the draft, ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He has quickly embraced the opportunity to join a team coached by Fisher, who has led a long line of run-based offenses, and his role as a change of pace back in a running back contingent that is headlined by Stacy.

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“We’re going to become a great duo together,” Mason said of his newfound backfield partnership with Stacy. I got to play against him my junior year, and he’s a great player. I’m looking to put in work with him.”

While he joins the Rams as a contrast option to Stacy, Mason emphasized his desire to be viewed as a complete back.

“I try to be unique and do a little bit of everything,” Mason said. “I try to be unique. I try to be able to do a little bit of everything. I try to be one of the best players to ever touch a football, so that means I have to be able to block, catch, and run.”