Highly productive last season at UCLA, Franklin piled up 1,734 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns while adding 33 catches for 323 yards. He's a more complete back than Lacy.
Other draft buzz from around the league:
» Although NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has pegged Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan to the Jaguars at No. 2 overall, several general managers and personnel directors have told him they expect Jacksonville to select an offensive tackle in the first round. Of course, that interest could be a smokescreen to bait tackle-needy teams into a trade.
» There is a feeling in some NFL front offices that Florida State's EJ Manuel has "leapfrogged" Matt Barkely, Mike Glennon and Ryan Nassib and could now be the second quarterback off the board, according to the National Football Post. While Manuel does have a bust factor, his physical tools leave room for a higher ceiling.