With the No. 103 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected Florida State running back Devonta Freeman. The Falcons have reportedly been looking at running backs, and they finally decided to go the route with their first pick of Round 4.
Freeman knows what it's like to play on the big state, as he is fresh off a national championship win with the Seminoles. Last season he rushed for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns on 173 carries. He doesn't have a ton of tread taken off the tires, but he has the starting experience.
Josh Norris of Rotoworld had Freeman as the fourth-best player remaining coming into Saturday. He likes Freeman's vision coming out of the backfield.
Where He Wins: The most decisive runner in this class. Puts his foot in the ground and gets up field immediately. Vision is there. Flashes of breaking first contact. Plenty of experience in pass protection and is an adequate receiver.
Freeman is only listed at 5-foot-8, but he packs more power than other guys at that height. He draws comparisons to Frank Gore. I think he'll be a great fit in the Falcons backfield and could emerge as a good starter after Steven Jackson is gone.
Tomahawk Nation's Bud Elliot thinks Freeman is going to be a solid next-level player.
Freeman is short, thick, a very willing pass blocker, and a runner who has very good instincts. He is OK as a pass catcher, has some wiggle in the open field, and lacks top-end speed. Freeman is not a feature back, but in the NFL that rotates multiple runners, he profiles as a solid pro.
With today's NFL, you don't need to work running backs to death. The Falcons can continue with a rotation. Freeman will fit in nicely with Jacquizz Rodgers in the future (or replace him). Here are some highlights.
How fitting is it to have his highlights with Outkast blaring? The Falcons still have one more pick left in Round 4. What are your thoughts on Freeman?