Royce Freeman

Oregon
RB

Prospect Info

College
Oregon
Hometown
Class
Imperial, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
229 lbs
32”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 3 ‧ Pick 7
40 Yard Dash
4.54
Seconds
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.9
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.16
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.64
Seconds
 
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Over the past decade, the Ducks have had a string of dynamic offensive playmakers. Freeman's next on that list. An All-State back out of California (2,824 rush yards, 41 scores), the thickly-built alpha back stepped up to start 11 games as a true freshman. He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Freshman All-American with 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground (16 receptions, 158 yards, one touchdown). Freeman redoubled his efforts as a sophomore, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors (1,836 rush yards, 17 scores; 26 receptions, 348 yards, two touchdowns). But just as Oregon fell flat in 2016 with a 4-8 record, Freeman struggled throughout the season. He failed to get to 1,000 yards (945) and scored just nine times (seven in the first five games), but had a knee injury that restricted the explosiveness he had shown in previous years.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
D'Onta Foreman
Overview
Freeman became the leading rusher in Oregon history thanks to talent, consistency and elite productivity. Freeman's high number of career carries will bother some teams as he doesn't appear to play as fast as he did earlier in his career. He has outstanding size and is a natural runner with good vision who could step into an early starter's role -- especially if teams believe he can handle third down snaps as well.
Strengths
  • Dependable and productive throughout illustrious career
  • Has impressive, muscular frame
  • Build produces some natural power and contact balance when he keeps his play speed up
  • Uses upper body strength to shrug off angle tackles who come in too high
  • Plays with a feel for block development
  • Field vision is good
  • Uses well-timed throttle downhill behind wash down blocks
  • Willing interior runner in Ducks inside zone heavy attack
  • Shows off quality footwork and directional change to keep runs alive when defenders beat their blocks early in rep
  • Contorts to shape of the run lane and squeezes through
  • Has power in his lead shoulder when challenging safeties in open field
  • Understands where run track is supposed to lead him
  • Used as screen receiver over last two seasons but can catch it
  • Could become a third down option if he improves pass protection
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't always play to his size
  • Too willing to eat contact rather than dole it out
  • Can be slowed by arm tackles
  • Hip tightness prevents him from consistently slipping leg tackles on perimeter runs
  • Jump cuts gain limited ground
  • Appears to anticipate contact at times when attacking run creases
  • Below average elusiveness once defenders close him out in the open field
  • Tires are missing some tread
  • Has had over 1000 touches during his career
  • Has become more of a grinder than a slasher as his career has moved forward
  • Lacks an explosive "get-away" gear to pull away from tacklers
Sources Tell Us

"I think he might be better than people are going to give him credit for. He was hurt all of last year and they (Oregon) changed up the run scheme which kept him between the tackles. With better blocking in front of him, I'm not so sure that he's not still that same kid we saw as a sophomore." -- AFC Personnel Director

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GRADE
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