NEPD Editor: James Christensen
After exciting their fans with two picks that college football fans are familiar with, the New England Patriots found themselves back on the clock for the third time in the fourth round. After adding Tre Jackson with one selection, Bill Belichick added another guard by selecting Shaq Mason (OL, Georgia Tech).
Even though Mason is only 6’1″ and 300 pounds, he is one of the most powerful blockers in this draft class. He fires off the ball with perfect pad level and doesn’t stop dominating the opponent until the referee is reaching for his flag.
#Patriots nabbed the biggest Combine snub w/ Shaq Mason. Versatile OG/OC who moves like a tight end. One of my favorites this year.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) May 2, 2015
Mason excels in the run game and is balanced enough to work down the field and dispose of second-level defenders. He uses his hands well and can move laterally when needed.
Dante Scarnecchia attended Georgia Tech and Florida State's pro days. He's retired, but still has influence on the Patriots.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 2, 2015
He wasn’t asked to pass block all too often for Georgia Tech, but he has shown the ability to mirror. He occasionally gets a bit too aggressive and will get beat after getting knocked off-balance by a more patient defender. His short arms and lack of height won’t help him either.
Mason projects as a left guard or center in the Patriots scheme, able to pull across the formation and to the edge on outside runs.