December 10, 2023

Devy Digest: Troy Franklin (Possible Round 1 WR)

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Franklin

Oregon Ducks


Position: Wide Receiver
Troy Franklin
6’3” 187 lbs
Age: 20
Draft Eligible: 2024
Devy Digest WR Rank: 20

Devy Digest: Troy Franklin

Andy Pham

 

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Who is Troy Franklin?


Franklin was a 4* in the composites, the number 1 ranked Wide Receiver in the state of California and attended Menlo-Atherton High. Franklin did a little bit of everything from playing Wide Receiver, cornerback, and was a contributor in the return game. During his High School career, Franklin amassed 102 receptions for 1,790 yards and 34 total Touchdowns, including an interception return for touchdown. Franklin was a coveted recruit and held offers from Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, USC, Florida, Texas, Washington, Oregon and countless others in the Power 5 and ultimately chose to call Eugene home. As with most True Freshman Wide Receivers, Franklin started to make an impact towards the end of the season and into the bowl game which propelled him into being named a Starter as a True Sophomore. Franklin would lead the team in receptions with 61 receptions and was named AP All Pac 12 2nd team and helped revive the stock of Quarterback Bo Nix.

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Rest of Season Outlook


Franklin has continued to shine in the Oregon system and continues to be the main target for Bo Nix. Franklin, by all indications will declare for the upcoming NFL draft and has built upon an impressive resume and looks to go over 1,000 receiving yards by the end of the year.

Strengths


Franklin is a high IQ player that knows how to manipulate defenders and has a knack of getting open even when defenses know the ball is going his direction. Franklin uses his mechanics in his footwork and his speed to his benefit and has many tricks he uses to keep defenders guessing. Franklin has multiple gears that he plays with and can lull a defender and then accelerate to blow by. Again, his football IQ is his best trait. He knows what he does well, and master’s that craft. He isn’t physically gifted and he isn’t the more well versed runner as far as routes go, but he isn’t asked to do that and has mastered what he is asked to do. His football saaviness and IQ is where he will make a name for himself. Coaches will love that trait that he brings and he reminds me of a lankier Brandin Cooks.


Improvements/Concern


Franklin is a tweener. His play style would be best as a slot but the way he operates, he flourishes out wide. Press coverage is his weakness, the physicality of corners will knock him off his route, even on short crossers and hand fighting is not part of his arsenal. Franklin might be someone that takes some time to find his way at the next level. A team that has an offensive minded coach or a young smart coordinator, will be able to mask his weaknesses, but if he goes to an offense and is told to line out wide, he may struggle to earn targets and if they ask him to play slot without proper coaching, he may find the smaller corners too quick for him.

Devy Value


Franklin is a sell. There’s too much uncertainty with this deep 2024 Wide Receiving class that it will depend on the landing spot. With a class full of taller, more physical receivers, his calling might be a team that will want to use him as a big slot and has other savvy wide receivers willing to coach him up. His Football IQ will earn him a roster spot, but it will be the coaching that determines if he is a depth piece or a contributor at the next level.


NFL Outlook


I have him with a late day 2 draft capital. He’s a very savvy player with a High IQ, a team like the Patriots historically would make sense. He feels like one of those receivers that will be there for teams, but they’ll covet someone else with unique traits and he is taken at the end of the big tier before we drop off to the day 3 guys.

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