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2011 Senior Bowl: Mason Foster Impresses On Day One

Jake Locker isn’t the only Washington Husky in Alabama for the Senior Bowl. Linebacker Mason Foster is along for the ride, looking to improve his draft stock, as well. Foster is a mid-round pick as of now, but boasts a high-upside and could see his stock rise ahead of April’s draft. On the first day of practices, Foster impressed, especially in coverage drills.

Draft Express singled Foster out, complimenting his ability to drop into coverage and cover space in the open field.

The two risers, in my opinion, were Washington’s Mason Foster and Connecticut’s Lawrence Wilson. Foster may be the best linebacker in this year’s draft at dropping back into coverage. He’s an extremely fluid athlete in fluid space and showed his reliability as a coverage linebacker today.

As for the vitals, Foster checked in at a hair over 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds on Monday morning.

It’s a great start for Foster, who stands to gain plenty from the Senior Bowl. While the attention from the state of Washington will focus on Locker, Foster is quietly making a name for himself after another steady season for the Huskies. If he can sustain his quick start all week, he’ll set himself up in a good position ahead of the NFL Combine and other individual workouts.

Check out SB Nation’s 2011 Senior Bowl StoryStream for more on the happenings from Alabama. For more on the Foster and Locker, stay tuned to our own StoryStream.