Shaquille Olajuwon Mason is a 6’1 300 Senior guard/center combo out of Georgia Tech and one of the more versatile offensive lineman in the 2015 NFL Draft class.
Mason was an all-state LT and NT in high school Columbia Central (TN) and was named a three- star offensive lineman by scout.com
Since then Mason improved each season that he has been at Georgia Tech.
He was named All-ACC 2013 and 2014 and even cracked third team all-american this season (USA Today). In 2014 Mason started all 14 games at right guard and in 2013 started every single game (13 games) at right guard.
Why you should love Shaq Mason: Mason is one of the more powerful and agile run blockers in this draft class and gets extremely good leverage because of his quick hands and undersized height.
The former Yellow Jacket is a technician at the interior lineman postion showing off exceptional knee bend, pad level and hand usage against anyone he lines up against.
He showed improvement in his pass protection this season which is one of his small weaknesses.
What’s not to love about Shaq Mason: His arms are shorter than most guards and he struggles with longer defensive lineman sometimes. The guard has had spotty issues with his balance and ability to hold blocks for long periods of time, which could cause penalties at the next level.
Pro Day Results
40-yard dash: 4.97
Vertical jump: 32 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.53 seconds
Bench press: 25 reps of 225 pound
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Scouting Report Scale
Pad Level- 8.5
Run Blocking- 9
Pass Blocking- 6.5
Hand Usage- 7.5
Leg Drive/Kick- 7
Overall Guard Grade- 80
Metric Grade- 37.5
Draft RD Projection- late 3rd-4th
Future Outlook: Mason will always lack the ability to get the most out of his quickness and power because of his lack of overall length but he makes up for that with his toughness, technique an dominance as a run blocker.
His versatility as a center which he displayed at the Senior Bowl will make him hard to pass up for many teams.
Mason has shown just enough improvement as a pass protector to be considered an top level guard. Teams in need for Mason are Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Miami and Carolina.
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