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    Steelers looking at Franklin in the second?

    They may have him ranked higher than Lacy on their board.


    Of interest.....

    [URL=""]A number of teams[/URL] tell's Tony Pauline that UCLA's [URL=""]Johnathan Franklin[/URL] ranks higher than Lacy on their boards. The [URL=""]New York Jets[/URL] and [URL=""]Pittsburgh Steelers[/URL] are among the teams "[URL=""]looking hard[/URL]" at Franklin, according Jason La Canfora of

    Franklin is drawing comparisons to [URL=""]Frank Gore[/URL] and [URL=""]Doug Martin[/URL] as a three-down back with NFL-ready pass-protection skills and the physicality to succeed between the tackles at the NFL level.
    Highly productive last season at UCLA, Franklin piled up 1,734 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns while adding 33 catches for 323 yards. He's a more complete back than Lacy.

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    Franklin would seem to be a better fit for Haley's offense than Le'veon Bell. The latter may appeal to fans who want to capture the past but not sure he fits the diverse offense Haley seems to want.
    1. Charles Harris-OLB, Missouri
    2. Rasul Douglas-CB, West Virginia
    3. Chris Godwin-WR, Penn State
    4. John Johnson-S, Boston College
    5. James Conner-RB, Pitt
    6. Nazair Jones-DT, North Carolina
    7. Garrett Sickels, DE/OLB, Penn State

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    doesn't look any bigger than Tavon Austin, the school lists him at 5'11", 195, but looks smaller than that in this film. I don't know, I'd have to do some more study on him, I'm not sure he's my first pick for RB.

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    I like Gio Bernard better than Lacy. I like a healthy Lattimore better than all of them though, so I think he's worth risking a mid-round pick even if he isn't back to his former self until 2014.

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    4.135 CB Rasul Douglas 6'2" 209 West Virginia
    5.173 RB James Conner 6'1" 233 Pittsburgh
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    I think he would be a good fit. Had some fumbling concerns early on from what I've read but his hands measured 9-1/2, I think I saw only two guys with bigger. Lattimore and someone else, can't remember. So maybe some coaching corrected that. I think he would be a good round 2 target.
    1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
    2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
    3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
    4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
    5. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
    5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech
    6. Josh Mauro DE Stanford
    6. (comp) Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
    7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska

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    sounds like franklin is more like jamal charles then gore or martin.


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