Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Royce Freeman

Running back
School: Oregon | Conference: PAC 12
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11.5 / 239 | 40: 4.54 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.91
Projected Round
2-3
Bio: 
Four-year starter who led Oregon in rushing in each of those seasons. Earned Second Team All-Pac-12 honors and rushed 244 times for 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2017. Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 and carried 168 times for 945 yards and nine TDs while catching 23 passes for 144 yards and one score as a junior. Led the Pac-12 in rushing touchdowns in 2014 and 2015. Earned First Team All-Pac-12 honors and rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns on 283 carries while making 26 catches for 348 yards and two TDs as a sophomore. Named Second Team All-Pac-12 and earned Offensive Freshman of the Year honors in 2014 after rushing 252 times for 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Pos: 
Underrated ball carrier best between the tackles and running downhill. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and keeps his feet moving. Sized well, plays big football and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Rarely brought down by a single defender, works runs and falls forward when tackled. Patient and shows good quickness in small spaces and burst through the hole.
Neg: 
Lacks the speed and agility to turn the perimeter. Not a nifty or nimble ball carrier who creates yardage or makes defenders miss. Average receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: 
Though Freeman has limitations, he’s very good for what he is -- a strong downhill ball carrier with the ability to pick up difficult yardage. Though not a back for everyone, he offers starting potential in the right system.