Scout's Notebook: S Eric Frampton

Safety Eric Frampton was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions, and most recently by the Vikings. Here's a complete, in-depth scouting report:

#37, Eric Frampton, SS
(5110, 204, 4.52-4.69) Washington State

Notes:  Born 2/6/84.  Parents are Arnold and Bernice Frampton.  His father ran track at Tuskegee.  Attended Oak Grove (San Jose, Calif.) High School, playing football for head coach Ed Buller.  As a senior, he missed five games with a broken collarbone, but still managed to record 30 tackles as a cornerback in six games.  During his junior season, he earned All-League accolades after rushing for 17 touchdowns.  Lists his hobbies as skiing, reading and playing basketball.

College:  Redshirted as a freshman in 2002.  Played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2003, recording 8 tackles.  Posted 24 tackles and 3 pass breakups in 11 games as a reserve in 2004.  Became a starter in 2005, posting 87 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception (returned 36 yards for a touchdown), 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 8 PBU and 1 sack.  Closed out his college career with 100 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions (including one returned 43 yards for a TD), 4 TFL, 8 PBU and 1 sack as a senior in 2006.  Social Sciences major.

Invited to the combine, he did 10 reps at 225 pounds and recorded a 1.57 10-yard dash, 2.65 20-yard dash, 4.61 40-yard dash, 4.17 20-yard shuttle, 6.84 three-cone drill, 34 ½-inch vertical jump, 10’2” broad jump.  Posted 12 reps, a 1.52 10-yard dash, 2.55 20-yard dash, 4.53 40-yard dash, 36 ½-inch vertical jump and a 10’2” broad jump during his campus workout in early-March 2007.

Pro:  Frampton was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft (No. 165 overall).  He was released by the Raiders on the final roster cut, with intentions of placing him on their practice squad, but he was claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions, with whom he spent the first 5 weeks of the regular season, posting 3 tackles on special teams.  Waived by Detroit, he was claimed on waivers by the Vikings 10/22/07.

Positives:  Solidly built athlete with a lean, well-defined physique, tight waist and hips and solid thighs and calves.  Highly productive in college; showing good instincts and a knack for making big plays.  Good athlete with sideline-to-sideline range.  All-out, hustling style player.  Plays extremely hard.  Strong at the point of attack on run support, where he is very active.  Strong, physical open-field tackler.  Big hitter.  Heady player who seems to understand the game well.  He can time passes well and is a good jumper.  Has the tools to excel on special teams.  Good, solid character.

Negatives:  Average measureables; isn’t overly big or fast.  Show flashes in coverage but isn’t consistent in man coverage and needs to be in a zone scheme, as opposed to being isolated in one-on-one situations against the pass.  Bites on play-action at times and can be caught out of position.

Summary:  A good football player who is generally better moving forward than going backward.  Should be able to contribute on special teams and could develop in the team’s Cover-2 scheme, where he’s a good fit.  He might have limited long-range upside potential.

What they said: 

“Has a chance to be a good player and can positively affect a defense if he is kept in the box.  Should contribute quickly on special teams and could develop into an eventual starter.  A good, instinctive football player.” – Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

“A rugged, tenacious performer, he really brings more of a LB mentality to the safety spot.  Lacks ideal 40 speed…but his solid performances in pads are difficult to overlook.  The type who should end up doing an excellent job on special teams at the pro level.” – Mel Kiper Jr.

“Frampton is a physical, hard-working player but might be overwhelmed because of his lack of athleticism and size.  He will become a quality special teams player and backup safety but never will make much of an impact on defense.” – The War Room

“A big-play safety, Frampton excels against the run and makes tackles on a consistent basis.  He needs work in pass coverage and playing within the confines of the defensive scheme.  He is projected as a core special-teamer who is talented enough to challenge for a starting spot defensively.” – Steve Korkran

“What Frampton lacks in explosiveness, he makes up for in second effort and strong tackling ability.  He has natural hands and great timing on his leaps to compete for the jump ball, but is a liability in man coverage, as his backpedal sees him take too much wasted motion in transition to explode out of his breaks.  He will make a living early in his career on special teams.  You will need to have a fast free safety to cover up for Frampton's lack of second gear in man coverage, though.” – NFL Draft Scout

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