Exhibits impressive lateral ability and overall athleticism when asked to slide his feet and mirror in a phone booth. Knows how to stick to blocks once he gets his hands on you and is tough to disengage from inside. But, he is making the move to left tackle this season and simply doesn’t possess the type of range to consistently reach speed off the edge at the next level.
Showcases average range when asked to get out of his stance and reach targets off his frame in the run game. Lumbers in the open field, but exhibits natural body control and can consistently hit/seal his man in tighter quarters. Possesses some natural power and burst out of his stance in short yardage/goal line sets when asked to create an initial surge.
However, anytime he’s asked to use his hands and sustain a block as an in-line guy, he again struggles to play with natural leverage because of his size and doesn’t create a ton of movement vs. more powerful defensive linemen in the run game.
Impression: Strikes me more as a right tackle prospect only in the NFL who could end up maturing into a potential starting caliber guy with some time. But, isn’t the type of big-time prospect he’s being made out to be."
Negatives: Inconsistent and somewhat sloppy footwork and technique... Not very quick, can be slow getting off the snap... Doesn't fire out, allows defenders to make first contact... Tries to get by on size alone... Can be beat by outside speed, overextends... Bends at the waist... Marginal hand placement, hands to get to wide... A little stiff... Can be slow picking up delayed blitz... Doesn't always generate the power he should... Doesn't move the pile as well as he should considering his strength ... Doesn't stay low or always play with leverage... Lowers his head... Gets a little too upright and can be driven off the ball... A little awkward blocking on the move... Has been as heavy as 345 lbs... Does not possess the lateral range of a NFL Left Tackle."
As a junior in 2009 Franklin had his breakout campaign. He has pretty much dominated Gerald McCoy and helped the Hurricanes tally an impressive 5,199 total yards of offense. It was at the end of the 2009 campaign when Franklin made the move to left tackle. He did fine at that position against South Florida in the regular season finale and against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl, but things got bad in 2010. Franklin certainly looks like a tackle, but it became painfully clear early in his senior season that his slow movement and poor foot speed would make him a guard in the NFL.
It was so obvious to Miami that Franklin has spent less time at either tackle position and has mostly stayed in the middle of the line. That lack of versatility and mobility certainly drops Franklin's draft stock, but he is still a very good guard and should be gone by the second or third round."
Since shifting to left tackle this fall from the guard position he previously occupied, he has shown he can handle the edge. He has an aggressive football temperament and is capable of playing either the left or right side, perhaps being even more natural on the right."
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