Chargers scouting report: Gabe Franklin

Boise State never gets much love. And cornerback Gabe Franklin was no exception. He wasn't invited to the Scouting Combines and had to prove his worth by other means. It eventually led to undrafted status where the San Diego Chargers came calling.

"I had a few options from San Diego, Philly, the Chiefs, and the Panthers, but my agent had this whole list of which teams had who, who had corners and who didn't, who picked up corners during the draft, and the situation that he felt and I felt was best was the Chargers," Franklin told SDBoltReport.com. "They didn't pick up any DBs in the whole draft and only had four known cornerbacks on the roster, and one other guy who was a free agent they picked up last year. It seemed like the best fit for me."

Franklin is a player who loves to work in the film room to compliment the teaching he gets on the field.

"I had a lot of time in the team room to watch film with my coach, just breaking down film," the cornerback said of his senior campaign. "When you're on the field, it all comes back to you if you play the film, so instincts take over when you see that play."

Franklin comes to San Diego with a few other undrafted free agents as the competition. There figures to be one open roster spot at cornerback with the first four set. Whether that ultimately means a spot on the practice squad or the live roster has yet to be determined.

The key will be how many safeties the team keeps and the ability of these undrafted players on special teams. Safeties such as Robb Butler, Hanik Milligan and Clinton Hart have already proven to be a commodity on the coverage team.

Franklin has had a knack for making the big play with his 5-foot-10 frame. He had 18 interceptions in his Bronco career and 55 pass breakups. It is that intensity and ability that have the Chargers intrigued.

Scouting report by TFY Draft Preview:

Gabe Franklin School: Boise State
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 185 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four year starter that's played 51 games with the first team. All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 61/4/17. Junior totals included 73/3/16.

Positives: Productive collegiate cornerback who has flown under the radar screen in scouting circles. Instinctive, reads the action and quickly locates the ball in the air. Displays the ability to run downfield with opponents, has a burst of closing speed and makes a lot of plays on the ball. Reads receivers eyes and quickly gets his head back around to defend the throw. Displays good concentration and stays with assignments. Comes up the field to help out in run support and will mix it up.

Negatives: Stiff moving in reverse and very quick coming out of his back pedal. Not a sudden or explosive defender.

Analysis: A productive collegiate defender, Franklin offers good skills for the next level. May never develop into a starting cornerback yet should be productive in nickel and dime packages as well as help out on special teams.


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