With some questions about Lacy’s durability and a lack of solid options in the backfield beyond DuJuan Harris (for who the jury is still out no matter what Aaron Nagler and I say), Franklin late in the fourth was just too good to pass up.
I went back and forth between Franklin and Stepfan Taylor all off-season, finally leaning towards Franklin because while he’s a bit more raw, his ceiling is far higher.
Franklin had an up and down UCLA career, with a big sophomore year followed by a middling junior year and capped off by a fantastic senior campaign.
He can run tough, has learned to hold onto the ball and can catch as well. He does many things well, but none really perfectly. Still, he has a lot of untapped potential to offer.
Here’s a closer look at Franklin and what he brings to the table.