2018 NFL Draft: Top 10 RBs New York Giants should target
By Henry Buggy
#5 – Oregon RB Royce Freeman
Freeman set the record for most rushing touchdowns (60) in Pac-12 history through four seasons in Eugene and finished his collegiate career with the seventh most rushing yards (5,621) in FBS history.
The Ducks 5-foot-11, 231-pound running back may be the biggest wildcard at his position in this year’s draft class. Miller didn’t list Freeman on his top 10 running back prospects, and Kiper has him ranked No. 7 overall.
While his junior season gave NFL evaluators some concerns, Freeman bounced back in his senior year. The Ducks tailback carried the ball 244 times for 1,475 yards and caught 14 passes for 164 yards. Freeman elected not to participate in the Las Vegas Bowl, but he has accepted his invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
One AFC personnel director believes Oregon’s running back may be flying under the radar, according to College Football 24/7’s Lance Zierlein.
"“I think he might be better than people are going to give him credit for. He was hurt all of last year and (Oregon) changed up the run scheme, which kept him between the tackles. With better blocking in front of him, I’m not so sure that he’s not still that same kid we saw as a sophomore.”"