2017 NFL Draft

Devonta Freeman, RB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 206 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 4/103 - Devonta Freeman, 5-8, 206, Florida State...Freeman, 5-foot-8 and 206 pounds, rushed 173 times for 1,016 yards last season. He became Florida State's first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn accomplished that feat in 1996. He will compete for a backup spot behind Steven Jackson. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the Baltimore Ravens' draft radar: RB Devonta Freeman, Florida State: When Kubiak was initially signed he pronounced, "As Ray Rice goes, we'll go." The strong words were meant to inspire confidence in the former Pro Bowler coming off a disappointing 2013 season -- but that was before an ugly domestic violence issue off the field which clouds his future. The Ravens have publicly supported Rice but the running back position is too critical to their success now to address it, especially given that the 2014 crop -- while lacking an elite first round talent -- is actually quite good. Freeman, at 5-foot-8, 206 pounds is a Rice clone, showing good vision, agility, burst and underrated power due to his low center of gravity. He also possesses terrific hands out of the backfield. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/11/2014 - Report: Florida State's Devonta Freeman to enter NFL Draft...Another Florida State player is leaving school early to join the NFL Draft. The latest is running back Devonta Freeman. According to a report from ESPN, Freeman will make an official announcement on Monday. The report says Freeman received a third-round grade from the draft advisory committee, which matches up with CBSSports.com's projection for him. Whereever Freeman winds up, he won't be so easily replaced in Tallahassee. Freeman led Florida State in rushing this season with 1,016 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 278 yards and a score. Freeman becomes the fourth underclassmen to leave Florida State this year, joining fellow running back James Wilder, receiver Kelvin Benjamin and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Devonta Freeman, Jr., Florida State (28)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RB Devonta Freeman, Florida State, 5-9, 203, Jr., Miami, Fla. (126)...Freeman leads Florida State in rushing yards (852) and touchdowns (13). He is averaging 5.9 yards per carry and is also a threat as a receiver with 18 catches for 235 yards. - Florida State football

11/10/2013 - Florida State is No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, the Seminoles' best ranking since 2000. Alabama remains No. 1 and received 56 first-place votes from the media panel. But the other national championship contenders right behind the Crimson Tide took advantage of Oregon's loss to Stanford on Thursday night and moved up. Florida State got the other three first-place votes. The Seminoles were last ranked this high during the first half of the 2000 season, the year after they won their most recent national title.

Ohio State is No. 3, followed closely by Baylor. Stanford is fifth. Oregon dropped to No. 6. The rest of the top 10 includes three more Southeastern Conference teams. No. 7 is Auburn, followed by Clemson of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Missouri and Texas A&M. The BCS standings, which do not take into account the AP poll, will be released Sunday night and are expected to have a similar order. Notre Dame and Texas Tech dropped out of the rankings after losses and No. 23 Texas and No. 25 Georgia moved back in. The Top 25 had 59 voters instead of its usual 60 because one of the voters was on a mandatory one-week furlough by his media outlet. - AP Sports

11/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 10 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: RB Devonta Freeman, Florida State...Sticking in the ACC, the Florida State backfield is arguably the most talented in the entire country. And while it could be argued that James Wilder Jr. or P.J. Williams are the more gifted running backs on the Seminoles' depth chart, Freeman has been the most consistent. Through eight games, he leads all Florida State rushers with 639 yards on the ground and eight rush scores and has also proven his worth as a pass-catcher with 13 grabs for 185 yards and a score. Listed at 5-9 and 203 pounds, Freeman is built low to the ground and runs even lower, running much more physical and determined than his size would suggest.

Against his hometown Miami on Saturday night, Freeman showed this desire every time he touched the ball, delivering hits and never leaving yards on the field. He has shifty and quick feet to slice through the defense with vision and patience to follow his blocks and make the most out of every run. Freeman, who has started all eight games in 2013, is a running back on the rise and don't be surprised when he's one of the top backs on the board if he declares early. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/04/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Seminoles may have nation's best running backs...Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Stephen Morris earned the spotlight in Florida State's 41-14 win Saturday night over Miami but every talent evaluator watching undoubtedly took note of the Seminoles' three-headed monster at running back. Florida State's trio of Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr. and Karlos Williams combined for 166 rushing yards and four touchdowns, alternately eluding and running through a talented Miami defense all game long.

Freeman, a Ray Rice clone at 5-foot-8, 203 pounds, was the most impressive of the Seminoles' backs. He attacked holes, showing a nice stop-start move in traffic to avoid tacklers and the burst to leave them in his wake. He was even more effective as a receiver, showing natural vacuum hands and the vision and speed to turn a short screen pass into a 48-yard touchdown that gave Florida State's a commanding 21-7 lead with 5:08 remaining in the second quarter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/04/2013 - Florida State thumped Miami, 41-14 as most people figured. As we said last week, for as dynamic as Jameis Winston is, his arrival has almost overshadowed how talented the Noles are every place else. Saturday night was a good example. Winston wasn't very sharp in the first half, throwing two INTs, but his teammates stepped up. If it wasn't for a couple of perfect passes on TD plays by UM's Stephen Morris, who knows if the Canes would've even scored.

Devonta Freeman, the Miami kid, who Randy Shannon and UM didn't want, stuck it to the Canes with 176 yards of total offense and scored three TDs while the Noles aced another test. What about if Stephen Morris is healthy? Maybe Miami is, but that still seems like a stretch given how average their defense still is. I do think they're a top 20 team at the very least. Although without star RB Duke Johnson (lost for the season with an ankle injury), UM doesn't feel like one now. That said, does the Big Ten or Big 12 have two teams clearly better than the team FSU hammered Saturday night? I doubt it. I bet that the SEC and the Pac-12 do, but that's as far as I'd go. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

11/03/2013 - Seminoles get more first-place votes...Florida State is still No. 3 in both major top 25 polls, released Sunday, but picked up more first-place votes in Associated Press poll and pulled closer to No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon. The Crimson Tide (8-0) received 52 top votes, while the Seminoles (8-0) got six and the Ducks (8-0) two in the AP poll. Florida State is only nine total votes behind Oregon.

In the USA Today coaches poll, Alabama received 54 top votes, while Oregon received five and Florida State three. The top five teams in both polls remained the same. The top six in the AP poll were unchanged, which includes No. 4 Ohio State (9-0), No. 5 Baylor (7-0) and No. 6 Stanford (7-1). Florida State was helped by a 41-14 victory over Miami 41-14 on Saturday. Miami (7-1) dropped from seventh to No. 14 in the AP poll and from sixth to 14th in the coaches poll.

Michigan State (8-1) made the biggest move up in the polls, climbing from 24th to No. 18 in the AP poll and to No. 19 in the coaches poll after beating Michigan. The Wolverines (6-2), No. 23 last week in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches poll, dropped out of the top 25. They were replaced by Notre Dame (7-2), which re-entered the AP poll at No. 24. In the coaches poll, Arizona State (6-2) entered at No. 24. Notre Dame stayed at No. 25 in the coaches poll. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2013 - Florida State got a pick-6 and a safety from its defense and 112 yards rushing and a touchdown from Devonta Freeman in a 54-6 rout Saturday of Bethune-Cookman -- an FCS program that came into the game riding the momentum of an upset win against FBS school Florida International last weekend. Instead, it was back to the norm for NCAA Division I programs, which had already been stunned a record nine times this year by FCS teams. Florida State (3-0), which improved to 20-0 against FCS programs, was not about to become the latest victim -- and that became apparent early.

The Wildcats' opening drive ended with a 68-yard interception return by senior linebacker Telvin Smith, who scored his first career touchdown after timing his break perfectly and stepping in front of Quentin Williams' pass, galloping untouched into the end zone. Williams, who was Bethune-Cookman's third starter at quarterback in the first four games, was benched one series later and did not return, giving way to senior Jackie Wilson for the remainder of the contest.

It didn't matter. The opening defensive score set the stage for a long night for the Wildcats (3-1), who saw their 10-game winning streak dating back to last season snapped. The Wildcats surrendered 492 yards of offense to the Seminoles, who have now started 3-0 for the third consecutive season. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2013 - Scouting the Florida State running game: The losses of leading rusher Chris Thompson (722 yards, five touchdowns) and lead blocker Lonnie Pryor to the NFL would usually mean a complete rebuilding project for the 24th-ranked rushing offense in the nation. But Thompson's second straight season-ending injury, the latest coming during the eighth game of the year against Miami, paved the way for the future of the Seminoles' backfield to gain some valuable experience during emergency fill-in duty.

James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman, now both juniors, took full advantage. Wilder Jr. (6-foot-2, 225 pounds), finished third on the team with 652 yards, led the Seminoles with 11 touchdowns and was named the MVP of the Orange Bowl victory over Northern Illinois. Freeman (5-9, 209), rushed for 695 yards and eight scores. Should Wilder or Freeman get hurt it could open the door for big-time freshman recruits Mario Pender and Ryan Green. Pittsburgh's rushing defense was ranked 31st in the nation last season, giving up an average of 136.38 yards per game. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2013 - OTHER FLORIDA STATE PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: RB Devonta Freeman (5-8, 208, 4.52)*...The "other" running back for the Seminoles, Freeman will share the bulk of the carries with Wilder in 2013. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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