Royce Freeman Draft Profile

Royce Freeman draft profile

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Muscular frame
  • Powerful runner at times
  • Solid vision
  • Can attack inside, off tackle and outside
  • Decent footwork
  • Capable pass catcher

Analysis: Royce Freeman has been one of the most dependable backs in Oregon Ducks history. He has an impressive thick, muscular frame. That frame allows him to run with power and lead with his shoulder into defenders. His field vision is solid, something he excelled at in Oregon’s zone-blocking scheme. Freeman is a willing interior runner, but also has the speed to get to the edge and off-tackle runs. Shows off quality footwork and directional change to keep runs alive when defenders beat their blocks early in rep. Contorts to shape of the run lane and squeezes through. Has power in his lead shoulder when challenging safeties in open field. Understands where run track is supposed to lead him. Used as screen receiver over last two seasons but can catch it. He will need to understand pass protection schemes if he wants to be a three-down back in the NFL.

Weaknesses:

  • Plays smaller than he is
  • Doesn’t break arm tackles consistently
  • Agility
  • Has a lot of mileage
  • Needs to improve pass protection
  • Lacks ‘breakaway’ speed

Analysis: Royce Freeman doesn’t always play the way his size suggests. He takes on too much contact without dishing out his power to defenders. On tape, Freeman doesn’t always obliterate arm tackles, rather those arm tackles slow down his pace allowing him to be caught by other defenders. A man of his size should be able to rip through those type of tackles in college. Hip tightness prevents him from consistently slipping leg tackles on perimeter runs. Jump cuts gain limited ground. Appears to anticipate contact at times when attacking run creases. Below average elusiveness once defenders close him out in the open field. Freeman has been a workhorse in the Oregon backfield and has a lot of mileage on his body. Has had over 1000 touches during his career.

What the scouts say: “I think he might be better than people are going to give him credit for. He was hurt all of last year and they (Oregon) changed up the run scheme which kept him between the tackles. With better blocking in front of him, I’m not so sure that he’s not still that same kid we saw as a sophomore.” — AFC Personnel Director

Size: 5’11 234lbs

Draft Rank: No.7 RB

NFL Comparison: D’Onta Foreman

Draft Projection: Round 3

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