In part two of this ongoing series, we’re going to look at the Atlanta Falcons fourth round pick: Devonta Freeman coming out Florida State University. Freeman ends up in a great position, sitting behind aging RB Steven Jackson. Last year Jackson had roughly 100 rushing attempts less than Arian Foster and Matt Forte COMBINED. Given Jackson’s age and injury concerns, Freeman could possibly find himself in a feature role sooner rather than later.
Whether its running, catching the ball, or staying in the backfield for pass protection, Freeman can do it all. That should ultimately translate to more time on the field for the rookie who could end up taking the starting job late in the season if Jackson gets hurt or just needs rest. As seen below, Freeman is one of the most complete backs in the draft. He has the ability to become a great pass catcher in PPR leagues like a Darren Sproles or Reggie Bush. He also has great vision and balance to churn down the field and pick up yards. Freeman’s current average draft position puts him in the12th or 13th round. That lands him in the deep sleeper category.
Freeman is a must-own handcuff for any Steven Jackson owner. Anyone looking for a late round flyer that could end up producing late in the season should also target Freeman. One of these years, the wear and tear will start to get to Steven Jackson.
Last year there were numerous injuries at the running back position. It also seems like a constant struggle to find a consistent running back. Those of you that fail to land a top-tier back should look for Freeman late in teh draft. He has the potential to produce serviceable flex numbers should he be thrust into the starting position at some point during the upcoming season.