Johnathan Franklin RB
TALENT BOARD ROUND
Johnathan is a scary player for defenses to see on the field.
He is fast and quick and has excellent vision to make tacklers miss him
in the open field. Johnathan is the
type of player who doesnít need a lot of touches to make an impact in a game. He
is fearless and in spite of his size, will take the ball between the tackles and
hit the hole with the aggressiveness that a lot of other running backs seem to
lack. Johnathan has the ability to
make his own yards. He plays in a
spread offense that attacks defenses east and west in the middle of the field,
which is a perfect fit for Johnathanís talents and an excellent offensive system
for him to be successful. Johnathan
looks on film to be an excellent teammate and shows leadership skills through
his play on the field. He wants the
ball and doesnít shy away from trying to make the yardage needed to move the
In the NFL, Johnathan will be considered by most teams as a specialty player or
third down back because of his size and lack of bulk.
The problem for me, and I expect for most teams, is that Johnathan has a
lot to prove that he CAN be a specialty player. He has to prove
in a game, that he has the hands to
catch the ball beyond the line of scrimmage.
Then he has to show teams in a
game, that he is a much better blocker at picking up the blitz and reading
defenses than he does right now. He
doesnít play in the slot and isnít used as a punt returner or kick returner and
that makes you wonder if he can catch the ball securely.
All of these concerns bring into question Johnathanís ability to be used
for more than one position at the next level.
Add to all of those concerns the fact that Johnathan has had a history of
fumbling at the college level and it has to make you wonder in spite of his
speed and quickness, can he truly be an impact player at the NFL level?
Johnathan was an explosive college player, who may or may not have had the hands
to catch the ball down the field like a receiver.
He is not stout enough to be used as an every down back and his third
down back skills are questionable because he doesnít do a very good job
blocking. He wasnít used as a punt
returner or kickoff returner, which once again, brings into question his ability
to judge the ball in the air and catch the ball securely.
Jonathan has a lot to prove for teams in the NFL and he wonít be able to
prove it until he plays in the NFL.
Workouts will not answer anything.
However, if he proves to be as fast and quick as anticipated and, if he can
continue to outrun everyone at the NFL level as he has been in college, you just
might have a pretty good situational player. I just think playing at the NFL
level is more than playing with speed.
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart