Wild and Free is officially over at Florida State. Several days after his backfield-mate, James Wilder Jr., opted to enter the NFL Draft early, fellow FSU junior RB Devonta Freeman has also made the decision to turn pro.
Freeman's career at Florida State was one of the more underrated in recent memory. After leading the team in rushing as a true freshman he narrowly missed that mark again his sophomore season before becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher since Warrick Dunn in 1996 during FSU's national title campaign -- when he ran for 1,016 and 14 touchdowns.
Freeman finishes his career with 440 carries for 2,255 yards and 30 TD's. That ties him for eighth all-time in career rushing yardage with Antone Smith and third all-time in rushing touchdowns with Amp Lee.
At 5-9, 203 Freeman is a very compact back. He's not exceptionally fast, but he's very quick. He's not a bruiser (like Wilder was, for instance) but he runs with deceptive power. Freeman may not be elite in any one particular aspect, but he does everything very well and that makes for a complete back. Freeman is good in pass pro (here he is telling an opposing defender, 'I'll block you' and then doing it), he's good catching the ball out of the backfield and he can run well between the tackles.
Frankly, leaving was probably the right move for the former Miami Central standout. Freeman likely wasn't going to help his draft stock much more by coming back. He was fresh off a 1,000 yard season and was looking at a crowded backfield next season. Freeman has been given an early-to-mid round grade by most draft outlets -- with some rating him near the middle of the second round and others putting him as low as the 4th.
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