The Tennessee Titans decided to move on from former superstar running back Chris Johnson this offseason, and now they are turning their attention to finding his replacement in the NFL Draft.
According to reports from Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean, the Titans could be targeting Auburn running back Tre Mason with the 42nd overall pick. Mason has been all over the place as far as his draft stock is concerned, and could see his stock take another hit with the news that he will need wrist surgery.
I really think Auburn RB Tre Mason is in play in second round. Team could always decide to wait later for RB, but #Titans like Mason
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 8, 2014
Mason is the type of back that could be a nice fit alongside of Shonn Greene in a committee type of system for his first year or two, and then he also has the potential to become a feature back in the future. He showed up in a big way for the Auburn Tigers down the stretch of the season especially last year, and showed an all-around game that makes him a very interesting player in the second round for a few teams. The Titans desperately need some help in the backfield, and this guy would make a lot of sense.
Last season with Auburn, Mason carried the football 317 times for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns. Those numbers are absolutely ridiculous for any running back, but it gives NFL scouts an idea of just how much of a feature back he could become. He is a very quick back who likes to break runs to the outside, but also can lower his head down and pick up some power yardage.
Overall, the Titans would be very smart to target Mason in the second-round if he is still available. He is a back that could become their starter within a year or two, and has the upside to become a very good NFL player. There are some areas of concern surrounding him, but outside of his wrist, they are all things that coaching can fix.