Bucs take former Husky LB Mason Foster
By Brady Henderson
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken former Washington linebacker Mason Foster with the 84th overall pick.
Foster was a first team All-Pac-10 selection last season after leading the conference with 12.58 tackles a game.
He closed out his career at Washington by earning defensive MVP honors in the Huskies’ win over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, finishing that game with 12 tackles and two sacks.
Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout said Foster has the instincts to play inside linebacker in the NFL, but his skills make him better suited to play outside linebacker.
“Wherever they see him play, I think he’s going to see the field quickly and he will be able to compete immediately on special teams,” Rang said.
Foster is the second Husky linebacker in as many years to be taken in the third round. He joins Donald Butler, who went No. 79 to San Diego in 2010.
Mock drafts had Foster going as high as the second round.