Freeman's stock rising

CLEMSON - One of the top offensive linemen in school history talks about Pro Day and his future in the NFL.

Scouts, coaches and representatives from all but one NFL team were in Clemson recently for Pro Day. Among the pro prospects put through the rigors was four-year starter Dalton Freeman.

A two-time finalist for the Rimington Trophy, Freeman played over 3,300 snaps during his Clemson career and started 49-conesecutive games at center for the Tigers.

The more than 3,300 snaps are a school record. He was also named as a first-team All-ACC performer in each of last two seasons.

The following is a transcript from Freeman's post-pro day media interview.

What have you done to get up to 291 pounds?
Freeman: It's amazing what you can do when you get out of coach Morris' offense. You don't have to be fast-paced all the time. Really, just taking two months to focus on my training. Actually, I was 295 the other day. Weighing in so early in the morning, I wasn't as heavy. I'm still very blessed and pleased with the progress I've made the last two months.

How would you describe your reaction to not being invited to the combine?
Freeman: Obviously, I was a little disappointed. I felt that I deserved to be there. I had a great career. I think I out-performed most of the guys [who participated at the combine]. It's a process. Hopefully, I proved to everybody that I deserve to be in this league.

You're doing some long-snapping now?
Freeman: It's something I've always kind of had in my toolbox, but never had to use. If it will help me make a team, there's no doubt in my mind that I'll go out and do it. They were pleased with my times. I was just trying to make them aware that I'd only been doing it since about a week ago. I practiced for a couple of days. I was feeling pretty good about it.

What were your numbers?
Freeman: Benched [225 pounds] 36 [times]. They took two away, so I guess official was 34. The 40[yard dash], the fastest they clocked me was a 4.88 [seconds]. The broad jump was a 9 [feet], 6 [inches]. The vertical was a 32 [inches]. The L-drill was a 7.6 [seconds]. The shuttle was a 4.5 [seconds].

What is the advice you've gotten, to do between now and the draft?
Freeman: Just stay in shape, mentally and physically. Here in the future, these workouts are going to be in the classroom, as well as the field. I've got to go back over my notes.

Are they talking about guard, or is it just center?
Freeman: I'm talking center or guard. They only dress seven or eight guys on Sundays, so you've got to be able to play. I've had a few people tell me that you've got to be ready to be an emergency tackle. I'm pretty athletic. I measured at 6-4 ½. That's plenty tall enough to play guard.

What teams have talked to you?
Freeman: I've talked to about every one of them.

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