Jerry Franklin is a thick, stout player who has great speed for his build. He has short are quickness and above average instinct against the run and the pass. He reads and reacts quickly in the run game and maneuvers well in traffic. He gets off the block well against pull guards. He can play between the tackles and has enough speed to play sideline to sideline.
As a blitzer/pass rusher Franklin can get into the backfield quickly as evident by his tackle for loss tally. Against the pass Franklin shows good balance with his drop in coverage. He opens his hips and has adequate fluidity in redirections. He has a good feel for developing routes, which may go back to his Safety roots. He keeps his head on a swivel and is effective in zone coverage. Franklin is a consistent wrap up tackler.
Despite his short area quickness, Franklin lacks an explosive burst in any part of his game. Although he is a solid wrap up tackler, he doesn’t hit with a lot of pop. He has a tendency to slow his feet into a tackle and doesn’t show elite closing speed; he puts a lot of pressure on the QB without sealing the deal.
- LB, Arkansas, Sr.
- Ht: 6’1’
- Wt: 245
- 40: 4.6
Voted one of the team captains during his senior campaign, Franklin led all Razorbacks in tackling for three years. Franklin played in all 51 games possible which shows durability. He was recruited as a Safety then switched to linebacker. Franklin has a high football IQ, but gives off the sense that he an underachiever.
I kept expecting to see a more powerful tackler and a player stronger in man coverage, but I didn’t see either. Franklin has the potential to be a good NFL ILB in a 3-4 defense, but he needs to improve in several areas first. In 2011 Franklin had 101 total tackles (46 solo), 10 TFL, .5 sacks, 4 PBU, 5 QBH, and one fumble recovered and returned for a touchdown.
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