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Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

Johnathan Franklin vs Stanford (PAC 12 CG) (2012) (via Adrian Ahufinger)



UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin vs Nebraska ᴴᴰ (via CollegeFootballLive)



Jonathan Franklin 2013 NFL Draft ProspectWatch (via Rosterwatch)



5-10, 195
2012: 282 carries, 1734 yards, 13 TDs

Good vision, balance and quickness. Creates a lot of whiffs. Has a low center gravity and shows good leg drive. He shows good lean and often seems to push forward for an extra few yards as he's being taken down. He's patient and sets up his blocks really well, even down field. He shows good burst through the hole and seems adept at picking through traffic on the interior. He's got good speed, but he's not a burner. He's not a big guy, but I really like how he runs between the tackles. He's one of those low, compact guys so he's tough to locate; and he has a really good feel in tight quarters. He's not one of those that tries to bounce everything. He doesn't need gaping holes to pop through. All you need to do is give him a crease and he can make it happen. He runs a lot bigger than his frame. And he seems to do a lot more with what seems readily apparent. I really like that in a back.

I agreed with a lot of what the draft analysts in the video above had to say. But I take exception to their take on Franklin's lack of tackle-breaking ability. He breaks a lot of tackles. I do agree with them that he's a bit light to take on a large amount of touches on the next level. But I do think that he can add weight without losing much. I'm skeptical of backs that are thick up top and slender in their lower half adding weight. You really never see player's thickening themselves in their legs. But guys can easily add bulk up top without losing much speed/athleticism. Franklin has natural thickness in his legs, and seems a bit slender in his upper body. He can definitely add 10-15 lbs up top with professional nutritionists and weight trainers.

All in all I really like Franklin and think he would be a really good fit in a West Coast system. He can make plays in space and in tight quarters. He's got nice hands. He can run off tackle and effectively in between the tackles. He's not a guy that is going to punish and wear down a defense. But he's versatile and can be used in lots of different ways to create/leverage mismatches.
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