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Published on 05/11/2012 at Fri May 11 09:00.
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Jerry Franklin tackles LSU player

Razorbacks linebacker Jerry Franklin tackles LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham #33 in 2011. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jerry Franklin
Pos: Inside Linebacker
School: Arkansas
Class: Senior
Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 245 lbs.
40-time: 4.64 Bench: 15

Jerry Franklin has the physical size, bulk, and arm length from which exceptional linebackers are molded. A two-time team captain, Franklin led his Arkansas teammates in tackles every year of his four-year career, only the second Razorback to accomplish that feat since 1960. Franklin displayed versatility while achieving this — he mostly played inside but started 10 games in 2009 at weakside linebacker as well. Scouting reports suggest he’s football smart, disciplined, and a natural leader with moderate-to-decent measurables.

Scouting Reports: DS, PFW, NFP, CBS, Arkansas, Broncos

Camp Competition: Joe Mays, Mike Mohamed, Nate Irving, Elliot Coffey

Camp Outlook: The tape I watched on Franklin wasn’t overly impressive. In fact, he whiffed on quite a few plays from this game vs. Vanderbilt. But I did like his position on most plays; if he wasn’t making the tackle, he was close, reflecting more-or-less solid football instincts. Franklin has the potential to be a two-down linebacker at the NFL level, but it may take a season on the practice squad for him to see that realized.

Career Statistics
Year GP TKL TFL Sack Int
2011 12 101 10 .5 0
2010 13 93 13 6.5 0
2009 13 94 5 1.5 3
2008 13 81 3 1.5 2
Totals 51 369 31 10 5

BroncoTalk’s undrafted rookie reports are compiled by examining second-hand scouting reports, news articles, and, when available, film footage of the Broncos’ undrafted rookie. Franklin is one of 13 undrafted free agent rookies the Broncos will bring in to compete in their 2012 training camp.

  • Doug England

    The leading tackler on a Top 20 program for 4 straight years.  2nd team All-conference in the SEC.  (Arguably the only College Conference that puts its best athletes on defense.) And this guy is not even drafted!

    I have no idea if this guy has NFL talent or not… but my gosh, this is another Bronco undrafted guy that sure does look good on paper.

  • Shawn Leisure

    I went to high school with Jerry. He’s gonna do great in the nfl. So shut up. His talent is amazing.