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2018 Oregon Ducks prospect primer

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2018 Oregon Ducks prospect primer

Below are notable Oregon Ducks prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Ducks have fallen on hard times since the departure of QB Marcus Mariota in 2015 and look to get back on track. The team has already had some adversity this summer, dismissing WR Darren Carrington from the program after a DUI charge, he was set to be one of the team’s top targets on offense for new Head Coach Willie Taggart.

Offense

Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) fights off Utah Utes linebacker Kavika Luafatasaga. (Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire)

Running Back Royce Freeman – 6000, 229 – Senior

Freeman enters the 2017 season as college football’s leading active rusher. Freeman has loaded up 4148 rushing yards in his three years with Oregon, just 19 yards ahead of Northwestern’s Justin Jackson for the top slot.

Freeman’s 44 rushing touchdowns are also the top active total in college football and with wide open Coach Willie Taggart in town, the Oregon Ducks should be expecting another whopping season from Freeman. It will be a good showcase for Freeman to get out of the traditional Oregon spread; as it has instilled some poor habits in Freeman as a runner.

For as big and strong as he is, Freeman takes too many reps into the boundary and does not consistently hit a hole between the tackles and optimize his yardage. Getting the most out of every run is a development I’m hoping to see from Freeman in his final year of eligibility.

Offensive Tackle Tyrell Crosby – 6050, 310 – Senior

Defense

The Ducks do have some gifted prospects to watch defensively, but they are sophomores. Names like Brenden Schooler (Safety)  and Troy Dye (ILB) are team leaders in production and splash plays, yet they enter 2017 as only true sophomores.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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