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Franklin turned some heads in the Senior Bowl and again at the scouting combine, putting himself in position to be among the first running backs taken in the draft. After rushing for 1,734 yards in his final season to finish as UCLA's all-time leading rusher while also adding 13 touchdowns, Franklin ran for a 20-yard TD at the Senior Bowl. He then ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and finished with a time of 11.33 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle to rank among the top five running backs at the combine. Scouts came away impressed with his speed and cutting ability, allowing him to change directions quickly. His size and instincts make him a solid blocker in the passing game, though he may need to add some bulk to fend off NFL defenders. His versatility also has been a hot topic. Franklin made 33 receptions for 323 yards and caught a pair of touchdown passes last season, and he's viewed as a dependable receiver who also has the ability to put up above-average rushing numbers, making him a potential every-down back. However, Franklin doesn't appear to have much breakaway speed to outrun quicker NFL defenders, and he's not a bruising back that will run through players. He also has a tendency to fumble. Still, Franklin could go as high as the second round and shouldn't fall beyond the third.