Arkansas - Razorbacks
Jerry Franklin - #34 - ILB
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/06/2012 Arkansas Pro Day||6-1 3/8||242||9 5/8||33 1/8||78 3/4||4.72||15||10'3"||37 1/2||4.38||11.48||6.93|
|01/16/2012 East-West Shrine||6-1 1/8||241||9 1/4||33 1/4||77 7/8|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-1 1/8||243||9 5/8||32 7/8||77 1/2||4.68|
Safety-linebacker honored as both the 6A Offensive Player of the Year (senior season) and Defensive Player of the Year (junior season) as an Arkansas prep. Redshirted in 2007. Started all 12 games at middle linebacker in ’08, producing 87 tackles, 31⁄2 for loss and 11⁄2 sacks with five pass breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Moved to the weak side in ’09, started 12-of-13 games (played inside in two contests) and tallied 94-5-1 1⁄2 with three pass breakups, three interceptions and an 85-yard fumble recovery against Texas A&M. Was ejected early in the second quarter against Georgia for pushing an opponent and brushing an official (the Razorbacks allowed 41 points after Franklin’s ejection). Did not start against Eastern Michigan (coach’s decision). Started all 13 games at middle linebacker in ’10, when he became the second Razorback since 1960 to lead the team in tackles three consecutive seasons — amassed 100-13-6 1⁄2 with two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Amassed 101-10-1⁄2 to lead the team in tackles for the fourth straight season in ’11 while making all 13 starts at MLB. Two-time team captain.Positives:
Very good size — thickly built with meaty thighs and nice arm length. Good straight-line speed. Has a 371⁄2-inch vertical leap. Physically strong tackler. Football smart. Accountable and durable. Productive, four-year SEC starter. Good leadership traits.Negatives:
Not as strong as size suggests. Slow eyes and processor speed. Stiff-hipped and plays too upright and flat-footed. Is not sudden or explosive — can be juked in space. Too easily engaged and washed. Liability in man coverage. Game lacks urgency and violence.Summary:
Looks the part and has a productive, statistical résumé but lacks requisite instincts, play speed and flexibility. Best chance is as a two-down thumper but does not project as a key special-teams player.
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