The Atlanta Falcons used a pair of fourth-round picks on Florida State running back Devonta Freeman and Notre Dame outside linebacker Prince Shembo. Freeman was selected with the third pick in the round, the 103rd overall, while Shembo was selected 36 slots later for 139th overall with teh team’s first of three compensatory picks. It was reported back in April that both Freeman and Shembo were on the Falcons’ radar.
Freeman was the starting tailback for the National Championship-winning Seminoles this past year, leading the team with 1,016 yards on 173 carries (5.9 avg) with 14 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown. Freeman led the Seminoles in rushing all three years he was with the team, but split carries his first two years. He did manage to start nine games over that span, and combined for 1,239 yards on 231 yards (5.4 avg) and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 197 yards.
Freeman measured 5’8″ and 205 pounds at the Scouting Combine in February, and clocked a 4.58-second 40-yard dash and jumped 31.5 inches in the vertical. He also had a 7.11-second three-cone time. Freeman was able to add 14 bench reps of 225 pounds at his pro day.
Shembo was a three-year starter playing both defensive end and outside linebacker in Notre Dame’s 3-4 defense. In his junior season, he posted career-highs with 51 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks. As a senior, he had 48 tackles, 5.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks.
At the Combine, Shembo measured 6’1″ 253 pounds and ran a 4.71-second 40-yard dash. He also had 26 bench reps with a 38.5-inch vertical, which ranked tied for fourth-best among linebackers at the event.
Shembo also admitted during the Combine that he was the unknown Notre Dame player that was involved in sexual assault allegations by a Saint Mary’s College student in 2010. The accusing student in question would later commit suicide. However charges were never brought against Shembo by university officials, and Shembo claims his innocence.