Posted by Frazier
Someone is going to select Josh Freeman fairly early in the NFL draft. I've heard late first round. And I just don't know why.
He has measurables. Which is wonderful. But has anyone been watching him play in college?
He certainly had some great games. But he had some embarrassing clunkers. I mean like his second to last game in college. 7-18 for 114 yards while getting blown out by the not so fearsome Nebraska defense. Or the fact that he threw for fewer yards and a lower percentage this year. Who the hell tracks downward in their junior year?!
Completing fewer than 60% of your passes in the defense-allergic Big 12?!
The man finished TENTH in quarterback rating in the Big 12. Austen Arnaud (ISU) and Cody Hawkins (CU) were the only ones to finish worse. Talk about illustrious company. He had the fourth fewest touchdown passes. And the second worst completion percentage.
Once again, this is in the completely defenseless Big 12. And the quarterbacks he's being compared to faced similar defenses all season.
So what we know is that he's big and strong and can throw the football well. He's like an erratic Jamarcus Russell. Also, name a successful NFL quarterback who was a "project" coming out of school. Like a totally unproven guy who simply had physical tools and turned into an elite pro? It's not like he's some gutsy winner. And, he's a junior. Underclassmen quarterbacks traditionally struggle to begin with. I will be shocked if Freeman turns into a good pro.
All that said, I'd be more than happy if someone picking before the Pats wants to blow a first round selection on him.