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Grade
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  • 4.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.11 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.43 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 248LBS. Weight

Overview

The highly recruited high school quarterback had an up-and-down career at Kansas State, but felt he showed enough to put his hat into the NFL Draft a year early. Strong-armed and mobile, Freeman led the Wildcats to their last bowl game as a true freshman. As a sophomore and junior, he completed 61.2 percent of his passes with 38 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also ran for 404 yards and 14 scores as a junior. His father, Ron, played in the USFL and was his high school defensive coordinator. It will be a process developing Freeman, but some team may take a chance in the first two rounds based on potential. Had an arm span of 32 3/4 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Tall frame with a solid build. Arm strength allows him to make all of the NFL throws and attack the deep half. Stands tall, and will step up in the pocket, keep his eyes downfield and deliver the ball to secondary target. Good, not great, quickness on release. Keeps the ball low over the middle, away from defenders. Can be accurate on fades and corner routes, although he needs a bit more air under the ball. Good straight-ahead runner with long strides and deceptive speed, can shed arm tackles and uses his tall frame to get extra yards after contact. Dropped some weight for his senior year to improve his footwork and speed. Works under center and in the shotgun. Negatives: Must improve his footwork. Height makes him take long strides in his drop. Fails to step into his throws or square his shoulders at times, relying on his arm strength too often. Inconsistent accuracy from the pocket and throwing on the run. Needs to anticipate downfield throws better, sometimes getting the ball to his receiver a second early or late. Makes poor decisions trying to make plays that aren't there, leading to turnovers. Doesn't feel back-side pressure. Lacks touch on shorter throws. Ball comes out of his hands poorly at times, negating his arm strength. Sometimes pats the ball before the throws. Loose with the ball in the pocket and as a runner. Doesn't move the pile as you'd expect in short-yardage situations, but his height allows him to be effective.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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