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Devonta Freeman | Running Back

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 209

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Falcons selected Florida State RB Devonta Freeman with the No. 103 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Freeman (5-foot-8, 206) was a timeshare back throughout his college career, rushing 404 times for 2,255 yards (5.58 YPC) and 30 touchdowns across three seasons. He added 47 receptions and is an impressive pass blocker on film. Freeman ran 4.58 at the Combine with a 9-foot-10 broad jump. A decisive, one-cut mover who runs better inside than his size indicates, Freeman projects as an NFL platoon back with a chance to develop into the lead part of a committee. On tape, he reminds of Shane Vereen or a bigger Darren Sproles. Freeman should prove to be a massive upgrade on Jacquizz Rodgers and could develop into top dog in Atlanta before long. Sat, May 10, 2014 12:29:00 PM

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Florida State RB Devonta Freeman "runs like his hair is on fire," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He keeps his pads low and legs driving at the end of runs and is almost always falling forward," McShay wrote. "He's tough, too, as shown by his willingness to throw himself around as a blocker in both the passing and running games. He does a great job of protecting the football as well, with a career fumble percentage of just 0.9." We won't argue. Freeman remains Rotoworld's top-rated running back due to his no-nonsense, competitive running style, experience as a pass protector, and skills as a receiver. He fits best in a zone blocking scheme, but we think he could play in any NFL offense.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 08:42:00 PM

Florida State RB Devonta Freeman is visiting the Vikings on Thursday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson adds Freeman previously visited the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. We see Freeman as the best running back in this draft, due to his no-nonsense running style and experience as a pass protector and a receiver. He fits best in a heavy zone blocking scheme, but is not limited to one.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:46:00 PM

FSU RB Devonta Freeman will work out for the Dolphins this week.

The Miami Herald is also reporting that the organization will host Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson and his teammate OLB Marquis Flowers. Clubs are allowed to bring in as many as 30 non-local players, so Richardson and Flowers will count towards that allotment while Freeman is a freebie. Freeman, a compact runner who is slippery between the tackles and is a plus receiver out of the backfield, scampered for 1,016 yards on 5.9 yards per carry in helping FSU win the title last season.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 09:30:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah mentioned FSU RB Devonta Freeman as one RB who could fill the Darren Sproles void for the Saints.

"Somebody that can catch the ball out of the backfield, you can plug him into the middle rounds, put him in that role," Jeremiah said. While Freeman has experience as a pass catcher and pass protector, he is a very different kind of player than Sproles. Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Freeman as his top running back thanks to his decisive, one cut style.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Florida State RB Devonta Freeman reminds's Daniel Jeremiah of Darren Sproles.

"Doesn't have same top speed but his short area quickness is comparable," tweeted Jeremiah. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has compared Freeman to Ahmad Bradshaw and's Gil Brandt called Freeman a less-complete Alfred Morris. Either way, evaluators are walking away from the Seminoles' star's game tape impressed. He's a compact runner who is slippery between the tackles and is a plus receiver out of the backfield.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 12:58:00 PM's Gil Brandt ranks Florida State RB Devonta Freeman ahead of teammate James Wilder Jr.

"Freeman is a short, compact runner who is very effective between the tackles," Brandt wrote. Freeman scampered for 1,016 yards on 5.9 yards per carry in helping FSU win the title this past season. "He's also a good receiver, with 47 catches in his three seasons. He's built a lot like Redskins RB Alfred Morris but doesn't quite have the same skill set," Brandt wrote.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 05:07:00 PM

Florida State junior RB Devonta Freeman will declare for the draft on Monday, according to NFL Network's Mike Silver.

The buzz has been pointing in this direction since the Noles won the National Championship. Our own Josh Norris is a massive fan of Freeman due to his Ahmad Bradshaw-esque style. The junior has a chance to contribute early thanks to his pass protection skill, not to mention Freeman attacks contact and beats it frequently.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin cites multiple sources who say Florida State junior RB Devonta Freeman is seriously considering entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

After the national championship game Freeman told reporters "I accomplished everything I wanted to [here]... I want to continue to do more." The Seminoles had a talented backfield, but our own Josh Norris thinks Freeman and Karlos Williams were the best of the bunch. Norris adds that Freeman has some Ahmad Bradshaw in his game, thanks to an aggressive running style and pass protection skills.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 04:23:00 PM

Shai McKenzie, a high school running back recruit for Florida State, told 247 Sports that junior RB James Wilder said he and fellow junior Devonta Freeman could jump to the NFL following the season.

"He told me that him and Freeman could be leaving after this year, so it is a good opportunity for myself to come in and play early," McKenzie told the website. Freeman has made the most of his starting role, displaying explosive cuts and toughness to finish runs. Wilder is an upright power runner. We prefer Freeman, but others likely have Wilder rated ahead of his teammate.
Source: 247 Sports
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 10:33:00 AM's Daniel Jeremiah believes that Florida State junior RB Davonta Freeman improved his stock as much as any player over the weekend.

Freeman rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and caught six passes for 98 yards and a TD in Saturday's 41-14 demolition victory over Miami. "He was outstanding in the screen game, setting up blocks and showing an explosive burst in the open field," Jeremiah wrote. "In the run game, I was impressed by his combination of quickness, elusiveness and power." Freeman had hauled in just seven receptions entering the game, and scouts were undoubtedly pleased to see him display a new facet to his game under the bright lights.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 09:20:00 PM

Florida State junior RB Davonta Freeman rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and caught six passes for 98 yards and a TD in Saturday's blowout victory over Miami.

Freeman had hauled in just seven receptions total entering the game and collected 25 receptions in 2011-2012 combined. The receiving work is nice to see from a small (5-foot-8, 203 pounds) back who doesn't possess elite top-end speed. Freeman is more of a determined bowling ball who rarely gets caught behind the line of scrimmage.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Florida State junior RB Davonta Freeman has accrued 36 consecutive carries without being tackled for a loss.

The streak encompasses all of Freeman's carries in 2013 and extends into last season. This stat obviously speaks to Freeman's chain-moving capabilities as a small back adept at breaking tackles. Freeman has also been aided by a quicker offensive tempo, a veteran offensive line and the dual threat that is freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. Freeman has rushed 18 times for 273 yards this season, posting an absurd 9.8 yards per carry.
Source: David Hale
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 01:18:00 PM

Florida State sophomore RB Davonta Freeman rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries Saturday against Maryland.

On his long run of 47 yards, Freeman was able to split the defense and nearly break away with nice straight-line speed. His short, stocky frame helped carry the Seminoles last year, but head coach Jimbo Fisher has really rotated his backfield this season.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 03:25:00 PM