The 2013 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away and we are getting a better understanding of how a number of teams view the prospects on their draft boards. One position of interest is running back, where there is no clear cut No. 1 player. If you’ve been reading FanSided.com throughout the draft process, you know that I prefer UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin over Eddie Lacy of Alabama and, according to NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline, a number of teams feel the same way.
I’m am told a number of teams now have Jonathan Franklin/RB/UCLA ahead of Eddie Lacy/Bama…comparisons to Frank Gore & Doug Martin…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 21, 2013
This news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Franklin is probably the most well-rounded running back in this year’s draft.
He has a one cut and go running style that will allow him to succeed in the NFL and he has the patience and vision you need to make it in the big leagues. When you add in Franklin’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which he greatly improved last season, you have exactly what you are looking for in an every down back.
Perhaps the most underrated aspect of Franklin’s game is his pass blocking ability.
At the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this year, Franklin stood out as the best blocking back of the bunch. That alone will make NFL coaches and personnel members fall in love you.
When draft day rolls around, Lacy could still go ahead of Franklin, but don’t be surprised if one team that is in love with Franklin as a back pulls the trigger and makes him the first running back off the board.