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Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:29:07 AM(UTC)
Johnathan Franklin | Running Back | UCLA | 5'10" - 205 lbs.



STRENGTHS One cut type of runner, who has impressive foot quickness, and the ability to explode out of his cuts. Presses the line before cutting to the play side and displays good vision and patience to find open running lane. Sees penetrating defenders, cuts after the handoff to avoid them. Vision on the outside and downfield is also good, can weave through traffic and his loose hips and quick feet allow him to cut inside the defensive back into open space. Not contact-shy, will take the A-gap and churn inside if he sees an opening. Runs hard, behind his pads, and displays good balance.

WEAKNESSES Shows enough speed to get outside at times, though scouts won’t consider him in possession of an elite burst or a pure breakaway threat. Won’t overpower NFL defenders with the leaner build that lets them regularly trip him up on first contact. Ball security has been an issue for him (six fumbles in 2011), lacks great upper-body strength and the ball will come away from his side when trying to get the extra yard. Pass protection skills are not up to snuff; he’ll throw his body into an opponent at times, but his cut-block attempts often come up completely empty.

NFL COMPARISON Bernard Scott

BOTTOM LINE Franklin had his best statistical year by far as a senior, and managed to clean up his fumbling issues. His speed, shifty hips, and one-cut ability will make him at least a nice NFL change-of-pace back.
macbob  
#2 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:33:17 AM(UTC)

4.46 40 time

NFLDRAFTSCOUT.com said:

Latest News

03/17/2013 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: UCLA's Johnathan Franklin has outstanding pro day...Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at UCLA on March 12, where 15 Bruins players (plus one former Bruin, Matt Ware) went through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf. The drills were by UCLA's strength coach, and with the exception of the 40-yard dash the rest of the drills weren't run the same way as at the NFL Scouting Combine. Players who were at the combine only got weighed.
Johnathan Franklin, RB (196 pounds) - Franklin did a 30-inch vertical jump, and stood by the rest of his numbers from the combine. Franklin looked really outstanding in the position drills. He caught the ball well with no drops. He had just one double catch and one chest catch. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

•More Johnathan Franklin News


Overview

Franklin was a little-known three-star recruit out of high school and redshirted in 2008 before becoming a four-year starter for the Bruins. He produced quality numbers as a freshman, sophomore and junior and needed a strong senior season in order to grab the attention of NFL scouts.

That's exactly what Franklin did, setting new school single-season records for rushing yards (1,734), all-purpose yards (2,062) and career records for rushing (4,403), all-purpose yards (4,920).


Franklin thrived in 2012 as part of UCLA's zone-read offense, routinely making something out of nothing with his fast, tough and energetic running style. Although he doesn't have the frame to get much bigger than 205 pounds, he has good muscle definition and has stayed durable over the years, leaving UCLA with 45 career starts.


Franklin loves to bounce runs outside with this vision and explosive lateral movements, reminding many of another former Bruin running back with a smaller stature, but very balanced attack (Maurice Jones-Drew).


Analysis

Franklin boasts NFL-caliber speed and the ability to make defenders miss in tight quarters. He attacks the line of scrimmage and can squirt through in a blink, consistently giving the Bruins a big-play option from the running game.

He's affectionately been nicknamed "Jetski" by some on the team due to his ability to leave defenders in his wake. The catchy nickname is fun, but I have concerns about how well he'll transition to the NFL. Franklin lacks the bulk of an NFL lead back so he'd likely have to make a roster as a third-down specialist.


The problem is he hasn't demonstrated the reliable hands out of the backfield (25 career catches for just 194 yards and one score) nor is he a stout blocker in pass protection -- two traits normally associated with the speedy change-of-pace options NFL teams are increasingly employing in this era of specialization.

Perhaps most alarming is that Franklin has struggled with ball security. He fumbled three times in a five game stretch last year and it has been a sporadic problem going back earlier in his career.
Zero2Cool  
#3 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:34:12 AM(UTC)
This is supposed to be a good story.

http://gnb.scout.com/2/1277922.html
porky88  
#4 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:36:29 AM(UTC)
I knew the Packers liked him. He's just a great fit. He and Eddie Lacy are going to significantly upgrade this running attack. I can hardly wait until training camp to watch these two battle. His pass protection is off the charts, plus he operates well in space. I can’t stress enough how much I love this pick. I’m almost dumbfounded that he fell this far.
Zero2Cool  
#5 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:38:59 AM(UTC)
porky88 said: Go to Quoted Post
I knew the Packers liked him. He's just a great fit. He and Eddie Lacy are going to significantly upgrade this running attack. I can hardly wait until training camp to watch these two battle. His pass protection is off the charts, plus he operates well in space. I can’t stress enough how much I love this pick. I’m almost dumbfounded that he fell this far.


In the mock drafts that I was doing, I had him when I traded back deep in round 2 and 3.
play2win  
#6 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:44:13 AM(UTC)
AWESOME!!! Not pissed anymore...
flep  
#7 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:02:44 AM(UTC)
Great pick.
Ted Thompson screwed over the Broncos there.

Had 10 picks to start the day. Gave a 5th round pick to the broncos for a late 4th round pick and after picking 3 players in the 4th still have 6 picks left. Way to Go TT!!!!!
nerdmann  
#8 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:09:06 AM(UTC)
WOW! Guess they're serious about bringing 8 to the box. LOL
Pack93z  
#9 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:10:29 AM(UTC)
Excellent.. so when Lacy busts out.. we at least have a back to fall back upon. [grin1]

Maybe.. just maybe, Mike McCarthy and company are serious about establishing a running attack that can be counted on at different times within games.. add a bigger center and we might have something.
Mucky Tundra  
#10 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:11:22 AM(UTC)
Love this pick from a position standpoint. RB is no longer an afterthought for this team. OL questions aside, defenses are gonna have to do their homework on the backfield from now on.
Zero2Cool  
#11 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:18:16 AM(UTC)
Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
Excellent.. so when Lacy busts out.. we at least have a back to fall back upon. [grin1]

Maybe.. just maybe, Mike McCarthy and company are serious about establishing a running attack that can be counted on at different times within games.. add a bigger center and we might have something.


Pretty much what I was thinking too. I could see Johnathan Franklin playing more than Eddie Lacy.
Dulak  
#12 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:59:17 AM(UTC)
This guy looks quite quick in the highlight reel ...

wonder if we'll get rid of all our other backs and keep our 2 new backs and let em rip? ...

be a nice combo - speed and power. Both in the I formation :)

Zero2Cool  
#13 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:28:59 PM(UTC)
Mike Florio said:
So with Franklin and Lacy (wasn’t there a cop show by that name?), the Packers have a couple of new toys for an offense that typically passes to set up the pass. Though there could be an issue with getting everyone enough reps and touches to keep them happy, the Packers have addressed a chronic need in a big way.

And don’t be surprised if it’s Franklin, not Lacy, who emerges as the better NFL player.



I think this most likely going to happen.
nerdmann  
#14 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:49:28 PM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Pretty much what I was thinking too. I could see Johnathan Franklin playing more than Eddie Lacy.


Eddie Lacy might replace Kuhn.

But they're both talented runners, receivers AND pass protectors. Franklin might need a little work, but I'm excited. Very excited!
play2win  
#15 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:52:13 PM(UTC)
Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
Excellent.. so when Lacy busts out.. we at least have a back to fall back upon. [grin1]

Maybe.. just maybe, Mike McCarthy and company are serious about establishing a running attack that can be counted on at different times within games.. add a bigger center and we might have something.


Dude, we're going to be like a fucking freight train ripping through the rest of the NFL on our way to about 8 more Lombardi Trophies... !ThumpUp
Dulak  
#16 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:56:07 PM(UTC)
nerdmann said: Go to Quoted Post
Eddie Lacy might replace Kuhn.

But they're both talented runners, receivers AND pass protectors. Franklin might need a little work, but I'm excited. Very excited!


Kuhn!!! ...

rather they keep Kuhn and get rid of all the other fluff ...

nerdmann  
#17 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 1:09:17 PM(UTC)
Dulak said: Go to Quoted Post
Kuhn!!! ...

rather they keep Kuhn and get rid of all the other fluff ...



Kuhn's getting to be 30, no? Thought he was losing a step late last year.
DarkaneRules  
#18 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 1:21:40 PM(UTC)
You bring up a good point. With these two guys added to the group everyone on the team in that group is on notice for sure.
Dulak  
#19 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 1:24:01 PM(UTC)
nerdmann said: Go to Quoted Post
Kuhn's getting to be 30, no? Thought he was losing a step late last year.


ya I agree - he didn't have a great year last year ... still don't want to discount him thou - he was a good run blocker and short yardage guy (lots of nice TDs)
wpr  
#20 Posted : Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:00:18 PM(UTC)
This could be my favorite pick of the draft. Hard to pass on Lacy earlier I understood them taking him but getting both of them was amazing. I would if every once in a while they will go with both of them in the backfield. Should have have double TE or 3 WR when they do?
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