Troy Franklin - WR - Oregon

Troy Franklin is a name a lot of college fans will know as he was a top wide receiver recruit in the class of 2021 and has been the leading receiver for Oregon for the past two seasons. He’s been a big offseason riser as the NFL Draft community and media catch up, and that will probably continue as the offseason continues.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 176 lbs

Age: 21

40-yard dash: 4.41s

3-cone drill: 6.9s

20-yard shuttle: 4.31s

Vertical Jump: 39″

Broad Jump: 10’4″

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceivingRushingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2021OregonPac-12FRWR141820911.620001820911.62
*2022OregonPac-12SO136189114.690006189114.69
*2023OregonPac-12JRWR1381138317.11400081138317.114
CareerOregon160248315.525000160248315.525
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/22/2024.

Notable Headlines

Troy Franklin was a high four-star recruit and the 3rd wide receiver in his class per the 247Sports Composite ranking. He was already tall and lanky as a high school recruit and proved a lot of scouts wrong as he was able to add nearly 17 pounds of mass based on the 247Sports recruit profile versus Franklin’s listing on the Oregon website. As a freshman, Franklin contributed sparingly with just over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. But the leading receiver on that 2021 Oregon Ducks team was only at 557 yards as the ball was spread around fairly evenly that year.

Going into his sophomore year, Franklin broke out as he took a stranglehold on the WR1 role in the offense. And just in time as Oregon got a shot of life injected into the offense with transfer quarterback Bo Nix and new head coach Dan Lanning. He led the team in most receiving categories with 61 receptions for 891 yards and 9 touchdowns through the air. He improved on his breakout season as a true junior with 81 receptions, 1,383 yards, and 14 touchdowns – once again leading his team in receiving yards and touchdowns. Following a loss to Washington in the PAC-12 Conference Championship game, Franklin declared for the 2024 NFL Draft as an early declare.

Scouting Report

Positives

Troy Franklin is another wide receiver in this draft class who stands 6’3” or higher in a class that is full of big receivers. He is a bit on the lankier end at 187 lbs but has proven to be able to add mass to his frame throughout his collegiate career. With that size, Franklin also brings a speed aspect to his game that provides a unique size/speed combination at the position. Additionally, he showed great versatility while at Oregon, showing effectiveness on the outside as well as in a big slot role.

Franklin brings more than just his size and speed, he’s also a very nuanced route runner with a good understanding of how to create separation. That separation generally starts with a smooth release that allows him to avoid contact at the line of scrimmage and gain a step on opposing DBs consistently. Additionally, he shows a good understanding of gaining and maintaining leverage that he creates from his release at the line of scrimmage. 

Once he gets into his route, he shows a nice control of that high-end speed that he possesses, allowing him to accelerate and decelerate to create separation and throw DBs off of what route he’s running. Finally, surprisingly for his body frame, he showed a consistent ability to break tackles after the catch and get to the open field.

Negatives

There are some catching/hands concerns when discussing Franklin and watching his tape. He generally was a solid ball tracker, but there were times that he seemed to lose the ball when tracking over his shoulder. Additionally, his contested catch opportunities were generally not great as he was very susceptible to DBs out-physicaling him at the catch point. Something that was a bit surprising with his height and length advantage.

Speaking of his length, he needs to utilize that physical advantage he has more often and work on being a more natural hands catcher. Very often he lets the ball into his body and basket catches instead of attacking the ball out of the air. This tended to lead to some concentration drops and more than likely fueled a fairly high drop rate as he posted 14.3%, 3.2%, and a 10% drop rate in his freshman through junior year respectively.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Late Round 1

Landing Spots

The Arizona Cardinals are a team that could be targeting Troy Franklin at the end of the first round or the top of the second round if they don’t target one with the fourth pick in the first round. Marquise Brown departed for Kansas City and while Michael Wilson showed flashes as a rookie, he’s not yet ready to be a WR1. Franklin won’t be a WR1 on Day 1 either, but taking Franklin would give them two shots at developing a bonafide WR1 in their offense. And if he makes it to the 2nd round, the Panthers are dying for weapons with high upside to help Bryce Young regain some of that rookie luster.

Post Draft Analysis

Denver Broncos – Round 4, Pick 2

Landing Spot

Troy Franklin just missed out on being selected on Day 2 of the NFL Draft, but he didn’t have to wait too long on Day 3 as he was the second selection on the day. He gets a pretty nice landing spot with the Denver Broncos as he gets to reunite with his college quarterback, Bo Nix who was selected with the Broncos’ first-round pick. It’s a good selection as they add weapons to the arsenal in hopes of allowing Bo Nix to get comfortable with a known weapon and surround him with talent as he develops. 

While the Broncos have Courtland Sutton on the roster, there is a lot of unknown behind him as Jerry Jeudy departed earlier in the offseason via trade. Marvin Mims showed flashes last season with a big play nearly every game he touched the field it seemed. Tim Patrick is also returning from a season-ending injury last season before the year even started. And the team acquired Josh Reynolds who has become a reliable veteran presence. Franklin provides nice depth to the position while also providing a lottery ticket if things click with him and his former quarterback. A lot of analysts think this was a steal for the Broncos as many had Franklin as a lock for Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact

Troy Franklin has an opportunity in Denver to carve out a role as there aren’t a lot of sure things in front of him on the depth chart. Marvin Mims has some upside as he flashed as a rookie last season and Josh Reynolds is just a guy but a steady target when needed. There’s a chance there for Franklin to leap-frog one of those two as he has the head start on establishing a connection with Bo Nix… assuming Bo Nix wins the job out of the gates with Zach Wilson and Jarrett Stidham on the roster. Regardless, the talent is there for Franklin, he just has to clean up some of the drops and become a bit more polished and there’s potential there waiting to be brought out.

In Redraft leagues, it’s probably good to just keep an eye on the Broncos’ offseason camp reports and see where Franklin is lining up and with which groups on the depth chart. He’ll likely be available on waivers and a player to add to your watch list if he starts earning more run. For Dynasty leagues, Franklin is a fun dart throw, but he was a very popular player that a lot of people in the community planted their flag on. With the drop in draft capital versus what was expected, the risk that is now associated with his profile hasn’t quite caught up to his price. He’s going in the middle to end of the second round, over players with just as much competition to get on the field, but better profiles. If his ADP drops to the top of the third or even late second, he’ll be a much better value.

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