Mason Foster Scouting Report
Mason Foster
Mason Foster - Washington (HT: 6-1¼ - WT: 245)
Combine 40: 4.75 - Position Rank: 6 of 32

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.

  377 242 135 38½ 10½ 7 4 1 1
2007 Washington   25 19 6 5 1 0 0 0 0
2008 Washington   105 58 47 12 1 0 1 0 0
2009 Washington   85 60 25 2 6 3 0 1
2010 Washington   162 105 57 14 1 0 1 0

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