Photo of Johnathan Franklin
Grade
72.3 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.89 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.33 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 205LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

As a redshirt freshman in 2008, Franklin was one of the team’s Outstanding Scout Team Players on offense. He led the team with 566 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns the following season (mostly coming in the first half of the year), starting eight of 13 games he played. Franklin broke out as a sophomore, starting 10 of 12 contests and earning the team’s MVP award and second-team all-conference accolades after again leading the team with 1,127 yards and getting into the end zone eight times. Though he started all 14 games in 2011, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors, Franklin couldn’t quite reach the 1,000-yard mark (976, five TDs) as he had significantly fewer carries (166 versus 214 in 2010).



In 2012, as a senior under new head coach Jim Mora, Franklin had his best season yet. Franklin carried the ball 282 times for 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns. Franklin was a driving force behind UCLA’s first-place finish in the Pac-12 South Division. Franklin earned a second-team All-Pac-12 selection.

Analysis

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.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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