Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Zaire Franklin

Inside LineBacker
School: Syracuse | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0 / 240 | 40: 4.81 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.11
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Three-year starter who became the second three-time captain in school history. Named Honorable Mention All-ACC and finished second on the team in tackles in each of his final two seasons at Syracuse. Made 85 tackles (5.5 for loss) and added 1.5 sacks in 2017. Posted 101 tackles and tied for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss while adding two sacks and one interception as a junior. Led Syracuse with 81 tackles (11 for loss) and posted three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 2015. Started the final three games of his true freshman season and made 44 tackles (five for loss) with two sacks.
Pos: 
Tough run-defending linebacker who sells out to make plays. Smart, efficient and effective in pursuit. Breaks down well, protects himself with his hands and displays solid range. Flows well laterally and explodes up the field to penetrate gaps in run defense.
Neg: 
Possesses a short burst of speed that he cannot sustain. Not a sure tackler. Annihilated at the point of attack by blocks.
Analysis: 
Franklin was a solid two-down defender at the college level but has limitations for the NFL. He’s an inside linebacker prospect who must stand out on special teams.