Josh Freeman: Rising to Fame?

Elite BloggerCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2009

Josh Freeman has become one of the hottest topics of the NFL Draft. The 6'6'', 250 pound QB has wowed viewers at the combine, and the possibility to pick another pre-injury Daunte Culpepper has excited owners and GM’s.

But will he be able to produce at the pro level? He has not faced the defenses that other top QB’s like Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez, but he also does not have top prospects all around him on offense. It balances out and I fully expect Josh Freeman to be one of the best players in this year’s draft.

Josh Freeman brings an amazing arm to any team. He can start from day one and he ran a pro style offense at Kansas State. He brings athleticism and he is very mobile; he showed that with 400 rushing yards last year and 14 TDs. He also is accurate when he has some type of offense around him. When he had Jordy Nelson, he had a 63.3 completion percentage, but without him he only had a 58.6 completion percentage. It’s due to the fact that the offense around him was nothing special and they were a younger offense then most. He still threw for 2,954 yards, 20 TDs, 8 INTs, and a 136.48 QB rating.

The fact that he has gotten better every year shows you the potential he has. His stock has risen from a second rounder to a potential Top 15 pick. In my Mock Draft I have him going either 19th overall to the Bucs or 17th overall to the Jets.

They also have seen more of Freeman then Mark Sanchez, who many have rated as the second best QB in this year’s draft. He is one of three QB’s who can come in and start away; that’s if you're going to count Mark Sanchez, who has only played one full season in college. While Josh Freeman would be better off sitting a year and learning an offense, he is exactly like many QBs who can still start from year one and be productive. I could see him going 20th overall to the Detroit Lions if he falls past the first two teams I mentioned.

At the combine he wowed owners and GM’s with his 4.97 40-yard time tied for 14th best, but he is also is 6’6'' and 250 pounds. He had the second best vertical jump behind Pat White at 33.5 inches. That is just showing how athletic he is compared to other smaller QB’s. He was accurate at the combine and showed his power arm off. The only problem with him is that he has been considered and labeled as JaMarcus Russell, who everyone already has proclaimed a bust.

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Comparisons:

The best he could be:  Daunte Culpepper (Pre-Injury), Donavon McNabb, Joe Flacco

He’s very mobile and he has that cannon arm Daunte had while still being accurate. He’s also like Flacco in how they both went to smaller schools and they are both 6'6''. All three of these QB’s have cannon arms while still having the accuracy to get the ball out on time. They can run around if they need to and they can make people miss in the pocket.

The NFL is looking for types of QB’s who can run around and make people miss tackles in the pocket. Let’s take an example: Big Ben of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They all want a QB who knows how to get it done and I feel Josh Freeman can do that. The main thing he can do is extend a play exactly like Ben Roethlisberger.

At worst he could be: Bryon Leftwich (Without the long release)

Leftwich isn’t that bad at all. He had a few injuries that slowed down his career, but he’s a QB who can still start, and he had some very produce years early on. They both have cannon arms and the large body with decent accuracy. Leftwich was a high pick exactly like Josh Freeman is expected to be. The problem with Freeman is that he might get the ball out a little late; that’s exactly what happened to Bryon Leftwich with his long release.

I think Freeman could become Leftwitch but without his long release because he does not bring the ball down to his side and then throw the ball like Leftwich did.