Prospect Profiles: Mason Foster

MASON FOSTER, LB, Washington

Triangle Numbers: 6-2, 242, 4.7

Scouting Reports:

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Strengths:
• Adequate bulk with a sturdy frame
• Athletic with good speed and quickness
• Fiery, super competitive and physical
• Excellent instincts and awareness
• Reliable tackler who can deliver a big hit
• Extremely active with a non-stop motor
• Nice range and does a good job in pursuit
• Effective as a blitzer and in pass coverage
• Team leader with a terrific work ethic
• Is passionate and dedicated to the game
• Tough, durable and will play through pain
• Productive with a lot of quality experience
• Can also contribute on special teams
• Offers some positional versatility

Weaknesses:
• Lacks ideal height and has short arms
• Can be too aggressive at times
• Is not overly strong or powerful
• Not real stout at the point of attack
• Struggles to take on and shed blockers
• May not be a fit for every scheme or team

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Incredible production in 2010 (162 tackles, 6.5 sacks), very consistent production, had 10+ tackles in all but two games in 2010… Decent speed given size and position… Has an ideal frame to play weakside linebacker in several schemes, excellent bulk, plays bigger than listed size… Is a true football player and throwback-style linebacker, plays with a great motor and shows his love for playing the game between every whistle… Shows the ability to be a big-time hitter, drives through tackles and uses momentum very effectively, forced six fumbles in 2009… Is a true team player, has a very humble personality and values winning above all else, coaches rave about his attitude and work ethic… Is a natural athlete and playmaker, played three positions in high school including quarterback… Has a quick closing burst, especially when zeroing in on opposing quarterbacks, trusts instincts and then reacts… Is very powerful against blockers off the edge, which makes him a very able pass rusher along the outside, bull rush is surprisingly effective for his size… Has the potential to be a tackling machine in the NFL because of high motor and passion for playing the position, has all the physical tools to be a nightmare against the run, and has never had durability issues.

Negatives: Plays on a defense that ranks at the bottom of the FBS, so he has been the beneficiary of a lot of opportunities, which could be one of the reasons for huge productivity… Tends to play a little high, which leads to him getting out of position at times, needs to lower center of gravity in order to increase explosiveness when engaging blockers… Has the ability to rush the passer, but does not have a large arsenal of pass-rushing moves, and will not likely be relied upon as a third-down option in the NFL… Not a natural defender in coverage, is too stiff in the hips to be effective in man coverage against NFL tight ends and backs… Is not an incredibly flashy player, does not possess elite quickness or agility… Can get caught up in traffic when scraping due to average lateral agility, needs to work on taking better angles near the line of scrimmage to make up for being a little heavy on his feet.

FF Toolbox:

Mason Foster was one of a few freshmen to see action for Washington in 2007. He ended up starting four games, mostly at outside linebacker. Foster tallied 25 tackles and five of those were for a loss. The following year Foster was a full-time starter and did a great job, leading the team with 105 tackles including 12.0 tackles-for-loss. Foster continued his success as an upperclassman and ended up tallying 85 tackles and three interceptions.

Foster has been a staple in the middle of the defense for three years and is once again leading the way in 2010. Through seven games, Foster has tallied an impressive 82 tackles and continues to put pressure on the opposing quarterback. He has even forced two fumbles already this season. The Huskies’ defense has struggled at times containing players like Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, but that is not entirely Foster’s fault.

Foster has flown under the radar for the most part despite his impressive collegiate career. The NFL will take notice though and it would be surprising if he fell past the third round. With some good workouts, Foster could be one of the top outside linebackers in this class and work his way into the first or second round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Mason Foster is an under the radar prospect who should garner a lot of interest as teams study him more. He’s a tackling machine. Had 163 (!) his senior season. He has experience at all three linebacker positions. He’s a team captain, and by all accounts, plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a guy you can plug in at strongside linebacker, and not worry about. He’s a little short, but it hasn’t really stopped him. In the 2nd round, in the 3rd round, I trade up to get this guy. I really like him. Fits the mold of what the Giants are trying to do, and certainly has the right character. I think he could be a steal, and a starter from day 1.

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10 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Mason Foster”

  1. Adam Y says:

    another inside linebacker that i havent heard people talk about a lot for some reason is Casey Matthews, Clay Matthews brother. Any information on him? I believe hes in the top 5 of ILB’s this draft and the giants could definitely use a young good ILB

  2. justin says:

    we need casey matthews

    • Adam Y says:

      agreed!, cause even if hes not as good as his brother, he could still be a solid starter all 3 downs. Goff’s been okay but he’s more of a run stopper than a 3 down linebacker

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