As the NFL continues to be on the prowl for explosive playmakers, Oregon’s Troy Franklin offers one of the most exciting skill sets in the 2024 NFL Draft. How does Franklin’s scouting report stack up in this wide receiver class?
Troy Franklin Draft Profile and Measurements
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 187
- Position: Wide Receiver
- School: Oregon
- Current Year: Junior
Franklin broke out in 2022 alongside quarterback Bo Nix, leading the Ducks with 61 receptions, 891 yards, and nine touchdowns. He finished the year with a touchdown in four straight games, and notably combined for 13 receptions for 271 yards and three touchdowns against UCLA and Washington.
Troy Franklin Scouting Report
- Possesses great length and has added bulk to his frame despite concern he’d be maxed out as a thin playmaker.
- Has excellent speed throughout the entirety of his routes, creating easy separation from defenders both before the catch and after.
- Able to make cuts without having to slow down to first gear and then ramping back up. He smoothly transitions from his vertical stem through breaks, putting immense pressure on his defender.
- Comfortable playing as both an outside and a slot receiver. Offenses can isolate him in either alignment and he’ll produce explosive plays.
- Especially good against man coverage in the slot and may force defenses into two-high coverages to protect the deep part of the field.
- Shows plus body control on the sideline and is able to bring in difficult catches that require body contortion. He’s not a soft player despite his build and speed.
- Very young player who will turn 22 after his rookie season.
- Even after adding weight, Franklin will never be a thickly-built playmaker who will shed tackles due to his strength. His unique height in the slot can be a positive in regards to his catch radius but also offers a bigger target area for defenders to hit.
- Runs a bit hot and cold as a performer, with seven games with four or fewer receptions in 2022.
- His play strength is average, so more physical defenders can outmuscle him to get better positioning.
- Can get too focused on creating after the catch and get ahead of himself, losing balance or not making clean catches.
- May need to be in more of a spread or creative offense to maximize his ability to overcome shaded coverages or physical defenders.
Current Draft Projection and Summary
Finding true difference-makers who make a quarterback’s job easier is not easy nor cheap in terms of draft capital. Franklin fits the mold of some recent explosive, physically gifted draft picks like Rashee Rice and Brandon Aiyuk. But he is lighter than both, despite being a speedy asset.
Every team won’t value a receiver who stands 6’2″ and weighs under 190 pounds as much as others. In the right environment, Franklin can be a spectacular No. 2 receiver who punishes defenses willing to guard him one-on-one or facing a quarterback who will break the pocket and extend plays until Franklin is streaking wide open across the field.
Franklin is more than just a speedy threat. He’s a trustworthy player who is better on the sideline and on contested catches than most thin receivers. That’s not where he makes his money, as his speed is the rare trait worth investing in.
I have a top-40 grade on Franklin entering the fall but, admittedly, not every team will have the ability to maximize that.
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