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OVERVIEW:


Recurring ankle injuries and All-American teammate James Laurinaitis hindered Freeman's attempt to make a big splash as a senior. He ranks as one of the better all-around outside linebackers of the 2009 draft. The two-time second-team All-Big Ten choice lacks Laurinaitis' notoriety, but actually finished with more solo tackles over the past two seasons than his teammate (105 to 102). Freeman considered leaving after his junior season and could've actually dropped his stock a bit by returning and struggling with another leg injury in 2008. Strong performances at the Fiesta Bowl and throughout Senior Bowl week reaffirmed scouts' initial impressions of the athletic weak-side linebacker.

ANALYSIS:


Positives: A bit shorter than scouts would like, but a well-built athlete with room for additional mass. ... Instinctive defender who flows to the ball quickly. ... Athletic enough to elude blockers and make plays at or near the line of scrimmage. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Breaks down well and can drive the ballcarrier into the ground. ... Good awareness and speed in coverage. ... Gets good depth on his drops. ... Reads the quarterback's eyes and closes quickly. ... Excellent special teams player. ... Tough and plays through pain. ... Solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl. Negatives: A bit smaller than scouts would like. ... Likes to avoid blockers rather than facing them up and struggles in disengaging. ... Lacks the bulk to hold up when targeted in the running game. ... Athletic in coverage, but seems content to allow the reception to be made and make a secure tackle, rather than breaking on the ball. ... Has struggled with durability: torn knee ligaments and a subsequent staph infection forced him to redshirt the 2005 season. Had his knee scoped following the 2007 season for a possible torn meniscus. Struggled through the 2008 season with a recurring ankle sprain.

HIGH SCHOOL:


Rated as one of the top three overall prospects in Ohio as a senior and named to the Parade All-America team ...Credited with 127 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior ... Totaled 152 tackles, including 29 behind the line of scrimmage, and eight sacks as a junior...A four-year starter and a two-time first-team All-Ohio selection...Also ran track, competing in the 4x100-meter relay and throwing the shot and discus...From the same high school as former Buckeye receiver John Hollins and All-America safety Will Allen.

PERSONAL:


Is the son of Michael and Chong Freeman...His mother and father met in Korea when the latter was in the Air Force...Has an older brother, Mike Jr., who graduated from Wittenberg in the spring of 2006 ...Likes to play golf and basketball in his free time...Would someday like to visit his mother's homeland...Calls playing in his first Michigan game in 2004 the highlight of his OSU career ...Goal this year is to stay healthy and contribute to the team...Favorite Ohio State tradition is the team's locking of arms before the game.

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