Scouting Report: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Imperial, CA | 5112 | 231 | 4.52E | 2018

Freeman has a rare combination of size and speed. He is not really a punisher as far as putting his head down and running through guys but does an excellent job of absorbing big hits and spinning or bouncing off contact. He has been used effectively in the passing game—most receptions go for a first down. Averaged 2.5 yards after contact per carry during his first two seasons and continues to increase that stat as a junior. Compared to Jonathan Stewart by Nebraska head coach Mike Riley. Freeman flashes nimble feet in the hole at times but overall his burst is lacking and despite many long runs, there is a suddenness he just doesn’t possess, as his top speed isn’t allowing him to pull away from anyone. The California kid has a great all around game, his vision and contact running are his strengths but his ability as a blocker and receiver will help keep him on the field at the next level. Freeman wisely returned for his senior year and should be able to parlay his final collegiate season into a Top-100 pick if he takes Oregon on a run to cap of his career in Eugene.


2016: Finished the season as the team’s leading rusher, recording nine touchdowns for 945 rushing yards, despite not playing against Colorado and less than full strength in several others . . . Started at running back in 10 games while adding a 10th score with a 1-yard catch in Salt Lake City . . . Remains only nine rushing touchdowns shy from becoming Oregon’s all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns (44) and 936 yards away from equaling the Ducks all-time rushing record (4,146 yards).

2015: The second-team All-American (Football Writers Association of America) and Pac-12 Conference rushing runner-up (141.2 avg.) broke LaMichael James’ single-season school rushing record with 1,836 yards, posting the Ducks’ highest per-game average since James’ 150.4 yards in 2011 . . . Ranked fourth in the country in rushing in addition to becoming the only FBS player nationally to accumulate more than 100 yards from scrimmage in every game . . . He led the country with 36 runs of 15 yards or more and has rushed for more yards over the past two years (3,201) than any other Power 5 player in the country.

The Pac-12 Conference’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year (coaches) and first-team all-league choice (Athlon’s, Phil Steele Magazine) led Oregon’s rushing attack (91.0 avg.),  climbing to fifth in the conference in rushing while averaging 7.6 points and 101.5 all-purpose yards per outing . . . The 2014 Freshman All-American scored 18 touchdowns and tallied 1,523 all-purpose yards . . . Led the Pac-12 in touchdowns scored (tied for 12th nationally in rushing touchdowns).

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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