Projected 40-Time: 4.50
Star Rating: Grade: 87
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Franks is a solid, durable cover corner who still has room to improve and could develop into an elite all-around defender. He has great size and quickness to match up against all sized receivers. He’s physical at the line, isn’t afraid to mix it up and will remain physical throughout a route. He’s quick and stays low in his backpedal, easily transitions with receivers, keeps his head on a swivel and positions himself well to make a play with his long arms. He defends well playing off the line, displays the instincts and burst to react to the action and closes fast. He’s a willing tackler that does a good job of taking down receivers after the catch. He has experience as a return specialist. He’s a high character individual and is popular amongst his teammates.
Weaknesses: While he has the size and strength to defend the run, he doesn’t disengage well from blocks and lacks proper technique. He has to use his hands better in all phases on defense. He tends to lose focus and will give up a big play.Steuber Says: A two-year starter at Oklahoma, Franks has great upside and the ability to be a lock down cornerback at the next level. At 6-foot, 192 pounds, Franks was one of Oklahoma’s most reliable defenders the last two seasons, recording 91 tackles and six interceptions during that span. Not only can Franks impact a game as a defender, but he has experience as a return specialist, and that versatility will be attractive to teams selecting in the second round. The depth of this year’s defensive class will likely keep Franks out of the first round, but he has the talent to be a top 40 pick.
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