Photo of Devonta Freeman
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 4
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 103

Combine Results

Grade
5.48 ?
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.11 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This kid, for his size, is very physical. There is not much tread on his tires. This kid has always split the duties in the backfield. He's fresh and can catch the football." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'8" Height
  • 29 3/8" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Miami-area prep who rushed for 308 yards in the 2010 Class 6A state championship game in his only year as a starter. Rushed for 2,208 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior before enrolling early at Florida State in January 2011. Began his freshman year fourth on the Seminoles' depth chart, but rose to the starting tailback role in the second half of the season due to injuries. Played in 12 games (seven starts) and rushed 120 times for 579 yards (4.8-yard average) and eight touchdowns with 15 receptions for 111 yards (7.4) and zero touchdowns. Recorded the fifth-most rushing yards for a true freshman in FSU history. Was hampered late in the year after aggravating a previous back injury. Began '12 as the backup tailback and took over the starting job down the stretch, appearing in 14 games (five starts) and tallying 111-660-8 (5.9) on the ground and 10-86-0 (8.6) receiving. Broke out in '13, earning All-ACC honors after becoming the first FSU player to reach the 1,000-yards mark since Warrick Dunn in 1996. Started all 14 games for the national champions, amassing 173-1,016-14 (5.9) rushing and 22-278-1 (12.6) receiving. Scored at least one touchdown in each of his last 10 games, including a three-yard score against Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game.

Analysis

Strengths

Well-built with a compact frame. Very good eyes and lateral agility in the hole -- shimmies through small spaces and can create yardage where there is none. Squares his shoulders to the line and runs efficiently. Good lower-body strength, surprising power and superb balance. Tough and runs hard. Catches outside his frame and can make the difficult catch. Strong and nifty after the catch. Reliable in pass protection. Terrific competitor. Extremely durable and never missed a game. Works at his craft and is a student of the game.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal size and power for a bellcow back and does not run heavily between the tackles. Does not possess home-run speed. Ran behind one of the most talented offensive lines in college football in an offense stacked with talent. Has been nagged by back injuries.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

Compactly built, downhill slasher with the agility and balanced skill set to emerge as a workhorse back. Earned the top assignment in a very talented backfield and has a similar build, running style and all-around utility as San Francisco 49ers 2005 third-round pick Frank Gore. Could prove to be a better pro than college player.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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