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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round pick in 2009 NFL draft: Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

Age: 21

Size: 6 feet 5, 248 pounds

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Highlights/stats: Ranked third among draft's QBs behind Georgia's Matthew Stafford and Southern Cal's Mark Sanchez but considered by some the best athlete of the three. … Known for his strong arm, mobility and leadership skills. … In three seasons, set school records for completions (680), passing yards (8,078) and total offense (8,421) … Completed 58.6 percent of his passes (224-of-382) last season with a career-high 20 touchdowns and career-low eight interceptions.

Skinny: Bucs coach Raheem Morris dubbed Freeman the future "franchise quarterback." … Will compete with Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson, and Morris said he'll bring four to camp. … Said Morris: "If he becomes the best quarterback, there's a good chance you'll see him play."

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round pick in 2009 NFL draft: Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman 04/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 25, 2009 9:45pm]
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