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Justin Francis

Justin Francis - #91 - DE-DT

Height: 6-2 7/8
Weight: 270
Speed: 4.92
Arm: 34 1/2
Hand: 10 1/4
Wingspan: 81 5/8
Birthdate: 02/09/1989
Hometown: Miramar, FL
Grade: 5.00

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/21/2012 Rutgers Pro Day 6-2 7/8 270 10 1/4 34 1/2 81 5/8 4.92 9'8" 36 4.39
02/29/2012 Combine 6-2 268 10 1/8 33 7/8 81 5/8 23 9'1" 32 4.38 7.06
01/16/2012 East-West Shrine 6-2 3/8 270 10 1/8 33 81 1/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-2 1/8 261 10 3/8 33 5/8 81 5/8 4.85

 

Notes:

Played tight end, defensive end and linebacker as a Florida prep. Saw action in seven contests as a true freshman in 2007, making seven tackles, zero tackles for loss and zero sacks. Was suspended for the ’08 season after being arrested for robbery, possession of a weapon (air gun) and burglary on campus. Allegedly stole a cell phone and threatened a fellow student with an air pistol. A grand jury found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to indict him and the charges were dropped. Also underwent shoulder surgery during his suspension. Returned to play in 12 games at end and tackle in ’09, making 14 tackles, five tackles for loss and 3 1⁄2 sacks with one pass batted down. Did not play against West Virginia because of a leg injury. In ’10, managed 21-4-2 with one pass batted down, his first career interception and one forced fumble in 11 games. Did not play against Army (undisclosed reason). Made all 13 starts at defensive tackle in ’11 and managed 64-13-6 1⁄2 with five batted passes, one interception and three blocked kicks.

Positives:

Has long arms and large hands — able to keep blockers off his frame and create room to operate. Sudden off the snap and can squeeze into gaps. Good balance and movement skills — light on his feet (nice ankle flexion). Can work the edges and turn the corner. Clocked a time of 7.05 seconds in the 3-cone drill at the Combine. Flashes explosive tackling ability. Has played inside and outside.

Negatives:

Has tweener traits. Lacks bulk strength. Average eyes and instincts. Needs to improve hand use and develop counter moves. Only a one-year starter.

Summary:

Undersized, athletic, relatively inexperienced college defensive tackle capable of competing for a backup DE job in a 4-3 scheme that allows him to slant and stunt and slide inside as a nickel rusher. 


Justin Francis's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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