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Falcons spice up backfield with Devonta Freeman

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Falcons wasted little time filling a primary need on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff used the club's fourth-round selection at No. 103 overall Saturday to grab running back Devonta Freeman out of Florida State.

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"This kid for his size, is incredibly physical," NFL Media's Mike Mayock said, noting that there's "not a lot of tread on his tires."

Freeman typically split carries at FSU, but he's a candidate to take over for Steven Jackson down the road in Atlanta. He'll be used right away alongside Jacquizz Rodgers as a runner who brings strong lateral agility and surprising power for his 5-foot-8, 206-pound frame.

"Much bigger than what you see," NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah said.

Freeman has drawn comparisons to Ahmad Bradshaw for his one-cut ability and hard-nosed running style.

He's a good bet to see opportunities out of the gate with this Falcons offense in 2014.

*The "Around The League Podcast" wraps up the draft by picking our winners and losers. *

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