As a Player
Devonta Freeman wasn’t a “wow” prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft, that’s for sure. He wasn’t a workhorse at Florida State, sharing the backfield with Karlos Williams and James Wilder Jr. and never registering more than 173 carries in a season. And he showed poorly at his combine, with subpar speed, agility, and explosion scores despite weighing just 206 pounds. Still beloved by a healthy share of draftniks, Freeman had the look of a try-hard type who’d maximized his limited skill set, but could carve out an NFL niche as a versatile rotational back. Ultimately, the Falcons deemed Freeman worthy of a fourth-round pick – likely based on his receiving chops (22 catches as a part-time junior starter) and nose for the goal line (a sterling 7.4% career touchdown rate).