Posted Thu Mar 1st by Jon Heath
Orlando Franklin was selected in the second round (45th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos after a decorated collegiate career in Miami. Starting in all sixteen games last season, Franklin helped send running back Willis McGahee to the Pro Bowl after Denver’s offensive line helped the Broncos rush for a franchise record 2,632 yards on the ground. Franklin proved to be a run-blocking machine but struggled at times in pass protection.
2011 Analysis: Franklin started in all sixteen games and blocked particularly well on running downs, but allowed eight sacks and was penalized five times on passing plays. Overall, Franklin played well for a rookie.
Contract Status: Signed through 2014; Free agent 2015.
2012 Outlook: Franklin will be the returning right tackle next season across from Ryan Clady on Denver’s offensive line. With great size and smarts, Franklin has the potential to stick around in Denver for a long time.
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