Chris Johnson: Potential 2014 NFL Draft Replacements
Tre Mason (Auburn)
Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) scores a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mason is the most complete running back in this draft, hands down. He’s not necessarily the fastest or most explosive, but he’s a fine athlete with underrated speed. In addition, he brings nice versatility to the table, as well. He doesn’t have the biggest frame and is smaller back, but his shiftiness and quickness are going to be enticing for the Titans. He’s not nearly as fast as Chris Johnson, but he’d offer a similar skill-set and would allow Tennessee to continue moving forward with an athletic back who can break big runs.The other nice thing about drafting Mason is that he wouldn’t have to be forced into a huge role. He could help on return duty, while splitting carries with Shonn Greene.
If the Titans become smitten with Mason, they will want to start consider selecting him with their second round pick, although there are whispers that suggest he could slide into the third round due to his size.