Photo of Justin Francis
Grade
57.5 ?
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.35 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 268LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Francis has played various roles on the defensive line for Rutgers and has a good amount of play experience despite his senior year being his first as a full-time starter. He is a slow player but has shown good quickness initially and the ability to leverage himself to hold up on blocks and play the role of a reactor in the run game. He is undersized to play inside, which he's done at times at Rutgers, but slightly undersized at end as well and could stand to add weight for the next level. Justin is a high-effort player and has fifth- or sixth-round value based on the hope that he can add some weight to his big frame and continue to be a disruptive, high-motor player at the next level.

Analysis

Strengths

Francis is a quick player off the ball even though he is slow-footed in space. He got in the backfield often at Rutgers, even as a spot starter early on who would be brought in on passing downs. He is a slow reactor when reading plays, but once he makes a decision he is good to get after the ball and be disruptive. He is a high-effort player in space and even though he lacks the speed, he has shown the effort to get after players from the backside and make plays in pursuit. Justin understands technique and has the tools to improve his hand usage so he can stay off blocks at the next level. He is heady once in the backfield to disrupt plays.

Weaknesses

Francis is slow at times to read lineman and get into the correct gaps to cover his responsibilities. He is slightly undersized, especially when working inside, and stronger linemen can get a grip on him that he has a difficult time shedding. He will never be a physical presence on the line in the NFL, but if he could put on some weight he could counter some of the problems he's dealt with. Some teams could be scared away by the fact that it took him until his senior year at Rutgers to find consistent time as a starter.
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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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