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Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA Bruins: 2013 NFL Draft Player Profile


November 30, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin (23) runs the ball for a touchdown past Stanford Cardinal safety Jordan Richards (8) during the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship game at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Height:  5’10”

Weight:  205 pounds

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40 Yard Dash:  4.49

Bench Press:  18

Vertical Jump:  31.5″

Broad Jump:  115″

Career Stats


Scouting Report/Player Notes

Johnathan Franklin has had a huge breakout season as a senior, having his first 1,000 yard season since 2010 where he ran for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns. Franklin has obliterated those numbers as a 23 year old senior, carrying the ball a career-high 268 times for 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns and also catching 32 passes (career high) before the UCLA bowl game. Franklin has shown incredible burst and big play ability, but the thing I like about him the most is the ability to create plays outside the tackles. He’s not going to make a living in the NFL bruising up the middle for a team, but he is certainly capable of coming in and giving a team a lighter, faster back who has a nose for the end zone and can be very effective on passing downs. Not a bruiser for a RB, but definitely slippery and when he’s in the open field, he’s capable of making people miss. Should have elevated his stock to at least a third round pick if not better with his awesome senior campaign.

Career Highlights (via UCLA athletics site)

UCLA – Established himself as one of the top running backs in the nation … Doak Walker Award finalist in 2012 … Possesses fine speed, quickness and explosiveness … 45 career starts … Three career 200-yard plus rushing games, two in 2012 … Became UCLA’s all-time leading rusher during the 2012 Arizona game … 19 career 100-yard rushing games, one shy of Gaston Green’s school record … Fifth on the all-time Pac-12 rushing list … Became UCLA’s all-time single-season rusher and all-time leader in all-purpose yards in the Pac-12 Championship Game at Stanford; all while setting a school record with his ninth 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Video Highlights (via YouTube)