NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Florida State RB Devonta Freeman
|04.16.14 at 9:37 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Running back
School: Florida State
Weight: 206 pounds
Achievements: 2013 first-team All-ACC
What he brings: Freeman is a solid back who doesn’t possess blazing speed or size, but has good balance, solid hands and quick feet that make him dangerous and allow him to change directions quickly. He’s more of an outside runner as he lacks elite strength to run up the middle. Analysts see pass protection and a tendency to run laterally while looking for the big run as his two biggest weaknesses.
Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4
Notes: In 2013 Freeman ran for 1,016 yards, becoming the first Florida State running back to go over the 1,000 yard mark since 1996, on 173 carries for a 5.9 average, with 14 rushing touchdowns. He added 22 catches for 278 yards and one touchdown. The 22-year-old led the team in rushing attempts all three of his years at Florida State.
Tallahassee Democrat: Freeman’s draft stock on the rise
Tampa Bay Times: FSU’s Freeman displays toughness of top back
Video: Here are Freeman’s 2013 highlights with Florida State.