Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 4/125 -- Johnathan Franklin, RB, 5-10, 205, UCLA...General manager Ted Thompson jumped back into the fourth round by making a trade with the Denver Broncos to nab the team's second high-quality back in this year's draft. A Lacy-Franklin pairing to supplement the Rodgers-led aerial attack has juicy possibilities. The knock on Franklin is his size, but he has explosive speed (4.4 in the 40) and credentials (1,734 rushing yards and 6.1 yards per carry last season) as UCLA's all-time leading rusher. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 4/125 -- Johnathan Franklin, RB, 5-10, 205, UCLA...General manager Ted Thompson jumped back into the fourth round by making a trade with the Denver Broncos to nab the team's second high-quality back in this year's draft. A Lacy-Franklin pairing to supplement the Rodgers-led aerial attack has juicy possibilities. The knock on Franklin is his size, but he has explosive speed (4.4 in the 40) and credentials (1,734 rushing yards and 6.1 yards per carry last season) as UCLA's all-time leading rusher. - The Sports Xchange
03/17/13 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin has outstanding pro day...Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at UCLA on March 12, where 15 Bruins players (plus one former Bruin, Matt Ware) went through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf. The drills were by UCLA’s strength coach, and with the exception of the 40-yard dash the rest of the drills weren’t run the same way as at the NFL Scouting Combine. Players who were at the combine only got weighed.
Johnathan Franklin, RB (196 pounds) - Franklin did a 30-inch vertical jump, and stood by the rest of his numbers from the combine. Franklin looked really outstanding in the position drills. He caught the ball well with no drops. He had just one double catch and one chest catch. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/13/13 - 2013 UCLA Pro Day: 2013 UCLA Pro Day: Frankin's athleticism continues to impress. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder who clocked in at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, showed off his burst by accelerating through the "holes" and exploding in his lateral cuts. He also caught the ball well during this portion of the drills.
Jones is still considered the favorite to be the first Bruin selected on draft day, perhaps in the first round. Franklin seems to be gaining on him, however, earning second-round grades from a number of clubs. There is growing sentiment that he is the second-rated back behind Alabama's Eddie Lacy. Frankin currently ranks fourth among running backs on NFLDraftScout.com's board, after a spectacular senior campaign (1,734 rushing yards) and impressing us in Mobile. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl: Rushers led by UCLA's Johnathan Franklin...The group of running backs at the Senior Bowl is a good one. There's a lot of nice talent here, to the point where there isn't one bad player. All five of the rushers who practiced three days displayed some positive attributes without many negatives. That will make the group fun to keep up with in the coming weeks. As for ranking them through three practices, it wasn't an easy task because they all had their moments throughout the week and none truly disappointed. Note: Andre Ellington was ranked highly before the Senior Bowl started but a hamstring injury knocked him out for the week. Neither he nor Miami's Mike James are ranked.
1. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA. Franklin had a good week for himself. What I noticed on him before was that it took him a while to get going following a handoff and that he didn't break a lot of tackles. Here, he had many carries where he had some good burst and did break tackles during team drills. He also did a nice job catching the ball all week, and with a bigger body than Kenjon Barner has the potential to be a capable three-down back. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/22/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, UCLA RB Jonathan Franklin separating from North pack...After two practices it appears UCLA's Johnathan Franklin has a leg-up on Oregon's Kenjon Barner and Fresno State's Robbie Rouse for the top rusher on the North team. That was helped in big part by a solid showing in pass protection drills Tuesday. Aside from Harvard fullback Kyle Justzczyk, who blew up defenders, Franklin showed consistent blocking abilities, which will go a long way in helping him get noticed by NFL clubs. He already has a good reputation as a rusher.
"He does a really nice job of using his hands and his feet to block," a team scout told CBSSports.com. "He's got good speed and is just big enough to handle pass protection. We've had our eyes on him for some time."
Barner has been known for his speed, which was on display again at practice, but he remains iffy as a blocker. He didn't have to do much of that at Oregon. On Tuesday he would struggle with protection but get back up and try again. You can tell he's still learning. Rouse struggled in protection and has really proven to be a pure speed back. Comparisons to Darren Sproles are fair not only because of his size but because of his strengths as a home-run rusher and receiver. That leaves Franklin as the consensus top back on the North squad, followed by Barner and Rouse. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com