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Assessing Troy Franklin’s performance at the NFL Combine

The NFL Combine continued on Saturday with the wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks, conducting their on-field workouts. One of the most exciting Oregon Ducks to watch was WR Troy Franklin.

Franklin came into the day a bit undersized at 176 lbs., but he used his speed to show that he is still one of the most athletic receivers in the draft. His 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds was one of the fastest at the WR position and he impressed scouts with his performance in the jumping drills as well.

In his pass-catching drills, Franklin had some ups and downs. In his gauntlet drill, he dropped a pass, but he fared much better catching passes while running routes during the QB workouts.

Currently, Franklin is graded as a late first-round to early second-round pick. With his performance in the speed drills on Saturday, Franklin could climb up the draft board of several teams looking for a speed demon.

Below is an in-depth look at Franklin’s 2024 Combine performance.

Measurables

40-Yard Dash

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Official Time: 4.41 seconds

Position Rank: 6 of 17 WRs

Oregon fans would’ve loved to see Franklin post a sub-4.4 40-yard dash time, but Franklin’s time of 4.41 seconds is still very impressive. Texas WR Adonai Mitchell won the day with a 40-time of 4.34 seconds.

10-Yard Split

(Photo Courtesy of Ethan Landa)
(Photo Courtesy of Ethan Landa)

Official Time: 1.61

Position Rank: 17 of 17 WRs

Franklin wasn’t the fastest WR out of the gate, but he made up for it in the last 30 yards of his 40.

Vertical Jump

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(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Official Measurement: 39 inches

Position Rank: 7 of 17

A vertical jump of 39 inches is an impressive mark for Franklin. Since he came into the day a bit undersized, scouts will definitely be excited to see his jumping ability, since it will hopefully translate to bringing down contested catches.

Broad Jump

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Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Official Measurement: 10 feet, 4 inches

Position Rank: 12 of 17 WRs

A broad jump measurement of 10 feet, 4 inches, was good but not great for Franklin. The best mark from the WRs came from Adonai Mitchell, who jumped 11 feet, 4 inches.

Bench Press

NFL Combine Grade

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Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Combine Prospect Grade: 6.40 (out of 8)

According to NFL.com, Franklin’s NFL potential is becoming a “good starter within two years.” Teams may be deterred by his lack of size, but at Oregon, his lean frame never prevented him from getting to 50-50 balls or creating separation from his defender.

Below are some of the strengths NFL.com listed for Franklin:

  • Angular frame with excellent release quickness to elude press.

  • Can hit corners with a wicked crossover to uncover on quick slants.

  • Accelerates past and stacks cornerbacks behind him.

  • Talented after the catch and will hit his share of catch-and-run scores.

  • Explosive leaper with loose upper body to twist and pluck it.

And these were the weaknesses NFL.com listed:

  • Below-average strength and could struggle against physicality.

  • Unable to hold off challengers and save catch space when contested.

  • Rolls into intermediate breaks with excessive gather steps.

  • Ball-tracking inconsistencies will pop up at times.

  • Focus drops are part of the package.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire