Miami FL Senior
Definitely looks the part of an NFL tackle with good size and long arms. Shows pop off the snap and is able to engulf defender as an interior run blocker. Shows ability and potential as a drive blocker. Athletic enough to make the cut block. Shows mean streak and does a good job finishing his blocks. Can maul a defender when he gets his hands on you. Size makes him hard to get around and uses his size well to get position as a run blocker. Shows ability to make the seal block on the edge and second level.
Has poor footwork on the edge. Tends to slide and cross his feet on the edge. Doesn't stay square long enough and struggles matching up against speed whether he's inside or outside. Needs to do a better job initiating contact on the edge. Whiffs on his punch too much and can be beat with a swim or inside move on the edge. Lets defenders get their hands on him and can lose balance and leverage. Ends up on the ground too much. Doesn't set up well and needs to do a better job bending his knees. Maybe prone to false starts. Needs to take better angles as a run blocker at the point of attack. Tends to block too high and needs to improve his hand placement to do a better job locking on in the ground game. Can be slow off the snap. Not as effective when you ask him to block in space. Misses too many assignments when you ask him to pull.
Franklin has good tools, but he's unpolished and raw. He's a bit of a project that has the size, strength, and athleticism to play four out of the five positions up front. BUt he's a better fit at guard where he played earlier in his career because he's too raw with his technique and footwork to trust on the edge. Started 25 games over his first three seasons at left guard before replacing Jason Fox at left tackle for final two games of his junior campaign. Made permanent move to that spot this past year as a senior, logging 12 starts. Underwent knee surgery at the end of the season to repair a torn meniscus he suffered during his junior year that he played through as a senior. He was born in Jamaica, but moved to Canada at a young age. Then moved to Florida during high school. Weighed 345 pounds after his freshman year, but has been able to maintain a good weight under 325 since.
Franklin has enough athleticism that he could play right tackle in a pinch, but he's too raw there and unless he can improve his footwork and technique significantly, he'll just be an average starter at best. If he gets time on the bench to develop, there is a chance he can be a starter there. But he's probably better off playing guard, which is his more natural position and will be able to impact more quickly there. He's still raw, and again his footwork and technique need to improve, but his flaws are better hidden at guard. And his size and strength make him a more effective run blocker and pass protector when he's working in confined space like he would at guard. He's a guy that you'll probably have to develop for the better part of three years before you can expect him to really make a push as a starter. I like his size, strength, and tools so he can develop, but he'll have a much better chance if the team that drafts him is patient. While he has similar tools, he's not going to be another Leonard Davis. If he can fill out his frame a bit more, then he probably will be more like a Stacy Andrews. He'll probably wind up being a starter, but the question will likely be how good a starter he can be. The more time he gets to develop and the better the pieces around him, the better he's going to be. He can be a decent complementary starter that can stick for a couple of years if he can become a more consistent, physical run blocker.
Franklin can develop in Atlanta because he offers potential as a run blocker. But he's a long-term project. The Falcons probably will try to stash him on the bench and use him as a utility guy. He's probably not good enough to earn a spot in the Falcons initial rotation but because he has much greater long-term upside, he could probably unseat a guy like Garrett Reynolds for the last roster spot. He's not going to be a better option as a swing tackle than Svitek is, but in three years he could replace him in that role if he improves enough. But more likely, he's a nice insurance policy and has potential to be a good road-grading run blocker. He probably will never be consistent enough, but if he can clear running lanes and be OK for the most part in pass protection, he has a chance to stick down the road in Atlanta as a starter. But that's probably at least two or more years away.
Because of his raw tools and upside, Franklin is probably worth as high as a third round pick. But he'd be a reach taking him before that because he's got a longer length to impact than less talented players.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 3.5
Mean Streak: 3.5
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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