Scouting the Pac-12: Oregon

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The once-mighty Oregon football program is in disarray. After years of multiple first-round and second-day picks, not a single Duck was selected in the 2017 draft. The situation next year will be only slightly better.

Royce Freeman raised eyebrows in January when he decided not to opt for the draft and chose to return for his senior season. The big-bodied back was very likely a second-day selection, a grade he’s received entering the 2017 campaign.

Freeman is a well-rounded ball carrier who does the little things well.

He pounds defenders on the inside while also displaying the agility necessary to turn the corner. He does a terrific job picking up blocking assignments and plays physical football.

What Freeman cannot do is create yardage or improvise when the blocking breaks down. He’s not a back for everyone but could be productive in the right scheme at the next level.

The teams other two ball carriers, Taj Griffin and Tony Brooks-James, both underclassmen, are what we’ve come to expect from Oregon backs -- small-ish but super quick runners who create yardage and project as third-down backs at the next level.

At one time I was high on outside linebacker and pass rusher Torrodney Prevot. He displayed himself as an athletic pass rusher and made numerous plays in space.

Prevot was suspended for the 2016 season and will be on the sidelines in 2017 for a “serious violation” of the student conduct code pertaining to domestic violence. I’ve heard no update on his whereabouts.

Oregon

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.88

2nd

Royce Freeman

RB

21

4Sr

3.38

6th

Tony Brooks-James

RB

20

4Jr

3.35

6th

Calvin Throckmorton

T

54

3So

3.32

6-7

Taj Griffin

RB

5

3Jr

3.23

FA

Tyrell Crosby

T

73

4Sr

3.19

FA

Charles Nelson

WR

6

4Sr

3.05

FA

Henry Mondeaux

DE

92

4Sr

3.00

FA

Arrion Springs

CB

1

4Sr

2.94

FA

Jimmie Swain

OLB

18

4Sr

2.90

FA

Tyree Robinson

S

2

5Sr

2.80

FA

Torrodney Prevot

OLB

86

5Sr

2.80

FA

Scott Pagano

DT

6

5Sr