|Mason Foster OLB Washington|
|Three-year starter; one of the few bright spots on a weak Washington defense. An instinctive player; always around the football. Does a nice job seeing the play develop and putting himself in position to make a play. A decent pass rusher off the edge. Showed a steady improvement throughout his career. Hard hitter who will force some fumbles.|
|Lacks ideal height for an outside linebacker. Looks sloppy in coverage; footwork is poor and he lacks the fluid hips to turn and run with more athletic tight ends. Athleticism is nothing special.|
|Foster’s skill set is best suited for a 3-4 system, however, he lacks the size (mainly the height) that teams would prefer in that scheme. As a result, he may be a rare ‘tweener that doesn’t quite fit in either system. He may ultimately wind up playing inside in a 3-4 scheme where teams will be better equipped to mask his lack of elite pass rushing and coverage skills and utilize his instincts and sideline-to-sideline play-making ability.|
Earlier this afternoon I took some time to answer a few of your questions on twitter. A lot of them really deserve more than just four or five word response, so I thought I’d take an few minutes to elaborate…
It’s definitely possible that one or both could wind up in the top five, but I think they’ll ultimately fall a little further.
The Panthers aren’t taking a quarterback, despite some mock drafts linking them with Cam Newton. The Cardinals may consider it, but I think they’ll pass as well. Ken Whisenhunt really wants to bring in a veteran, and I think they will to appease Larry Fitzgerald as well.
That leaves the Bills. And after addressing their strongest position in the 1st round last year by taking C.J. Spiller, it’s anyone’s guess what they may do this time around. Newton and Gabbert are possibilities, but I think they’ll lean toward the best available player – A.J. Green or Patrick Peterson.