|Player, Pos, Team||Height||Weight||Draft Grade|
|11||James Franklin QB, Missouri||6'2"||225||6.3 C||Full Scouting Report|
James Franklin – Quarterback
Franklin has had good production the last three seasons at Missouri, but he has a problem with durability. He missed time last year (three games) and has not played in the last four games this year. Franklin has good size (6’2 – 230) to go along with good, but not great, athletic ability. He plays from a spread formation where they pass the ball about 60% of the time. They also do a lot of read option in the run game. Franklin looks to have better than average straight line speed, but I would not call him a quick footed, elusive athlete. At times, he can be almost flat footed in the pocket and his ability to avoid pass rushers is average. He is a better ball carrier than scrambler.
The Missouri offense is more sophisticated now than it was when Blaine Gabbert was playing. Gabbert played from mostly a half-field read offense which is not the case now. Franklin goes through somewhat of a progression, but seldom do you see him get to the third option. While he has a strong arm and spins the ball well, I feel his accuracy is average. He has a deliberate overhand delivery, and the ball does not come out of his hand quickly. In the games viewed, he seldom had to put the ball in a tight window. His accuracy is best on shorter throws as is his ball placement. The further downfield he throws, the less accurate he is. He does flash being able to throw with touch, but again, he can struggle if he has to “thread the needle”. Though a good runner, he is only average at extending plays with his feet. His ability to throw with accuracy on the run is average.
Because of injuries, I have not seen as much tape on Franklin as I would like. Right now, I see him as a late round type who will need time to develop. With most clubs carrying only two quarterbacks on the active roster, I see James as a practice squad player as a rookie. In time he could develop into a competent number two quarterback, but I don’t see potential starter ability at this time. If he is able to come back and play the final two games of the season and play in a bowl game, I will look at that tape for a possible upgrade.
|12||Jordan Lynch QB, Northern Illinois||6'0"||216||6.3 C||Full Scouting Report|
If there is one player who has created a lot of conversation in the draftnik community this year, it’s Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. One group feels he has a chance to be an NFL quarterback. Another feels he will have to switch positions in order to have a chance. Yet another group feels he isn’t even a prospect. Not that I want to sit on the fence, but I’m somewhere in between the first two groups.
Lynch is a fifth-year senior and a two-year starter at Northern. He has become one of the most productive passers in school history throwing for over 6200 yards and 51 touchdowns. He has rushed for over 4300 yards and 48 TDs. The bulk of those numbers have come the last two seasons, leading the Huskies to a 24–4 record.
Lynch does not have ideal QB size. He will measure in the 6003 – 212 pound area, and I estimate that he will run around 4.60. He is well built and strong to go along with good to very good overall athleticism. While he is not a burner, he has quick feet, a burst, and very good body control and change of direction.
Jordan leads a read option type offense and will throw the ball 25–30 times a game. He also carries the ball himself 20–25 times a game. As a passer, he shows adequate arm strength. He can throw the ball 50+ yards downfield. There are QB’s in the NFL who don’t have Lynch’s arm strength. I don't like that he doesn’t consistently throw a tight ball. While the majority of his throws are tight, there are still too many that are loose spirals. A loose ball has no chance of cutting the wind. I noticed that he throws a tighter, higher velocity ball when he throws on the run.
Lynch has fairly good mechanics. He has a compact overhand delivery and a quick release. He also shows good accuracy and ball placement with his throws. He is patient, can see the field, and find an open receiver. He does a good job going through a progression, and he is not one to force a throw. He has thrown only 14 interceptions in the last two seasons.
What he does as well as any QB in the country is avoid the rush, extend plays with his feet, and run. When he decides to run, he is more like a running back than a QB. He is quick-footed and elusive and runs with power. He is an instinctive runner and can make people miss both in tight and in the open.
The one thing a quarterback has to have in order to be successful is leadership. Lynch is an outstanding leader and has excellent football character. This will go a long way in determining his success at the next level. If I was doing the drafting, I would draft Lynch as a QB and let him show me he can’t play QB before I would have him switch positions. He lacks ideal height and doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, but he is a winner and has outstanding intangibles. While I don’t see him as a future starter in the NFL, I do see a player that can be a more than adequate backup. The team that drafts Lynch has to have a plan for him, as he is different than most QBs. I dare say that if he was 6’2 or taller, we would be talking about him as a third round type guy and not a late rounder. Above all else, he is a football player!
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