Devonta Freeman, RB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 206 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.69-- 31 1/2-4.267.11
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.512.511.57- 31 1/29'10"4.267.11

Player Overview

A four-star running back recruit out of high school, Freeman quickly established himself as one of the top backs on the roster once he arrived at Florida State, leading the Seminoles in rush attempts each of the last three seasons.

He set career-bests as a junior in 2013 with 173 carries for 1,016 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, becoming the first Florida State 1,000-yard rusher since 1996 (Warrick Dunn).

Freeman is built low to the ground and runs even lower with forward lean and finishing toughness, making it easy to love his energy and determination. He is dangerous in space with his quick, coordinated footwork and strong acceleration out of his cuts to be effective inside or outside, showing a terrific mix of quickness and pop.

Freeman is has some Ahmad Bradshaw to him and can be a three-down player with his ability in pass protection and as a receiver.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Compactly built and has worked hard to fill out his frame. Quick-footed with strong plant-and-go burst to change directions, accelerating to top speed quickly. Fluid ankles to make sharp cuts and make defenders miss in space with his start/stop quickness. Runs with balance and a low center of gravity to stay on his feet after contact.

Lowers his pads and powers forward or bounces off tacklers and keeps his legs churning. Delivers hits and won't leave yards on the field, running much more physical, tough and determined than he looks. Excellent job following his blocks and slicing through the defense with controlled lateral burst.

Good effort and toughness in pass protection with aggressive hands and quick feet to mirror and was also used quite a bit as a lead blocker in Florida State's offense. Reliable pass catcher.

Durable and didn't miss any time due to injury in college. Productive three seasons in Tallahassee, setting career-bests as the leading rusher for the Seminoles National Title team in 2013.

WEAKNESSES: Frame appears maxed out and lacks room to get much bigger. Doesn't have ideal power and will struggle to break tackles as an inside runner. Lacks the body strength to drag tacklers. Too much east-west at times and often gets caught looking for the home run. Good speed, but lacks a second gear downfield to run way from defenders.

Quick feet in pass protection, but lacks a stout anchor and can be run over by rushers. Has a few fumbles on his resume and needs to improve his ball security. Was part of a loaded backfield in college and was able to stay fresh with only two career games with 20+ carries, leading to questions about the workload he can handle in the NFL.

--Dane Brugler

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