Scouting Report: Dominique Franks

Written by Will Spencer on April 16, 2010




Dominique Franks


Position: CB School: Oklahoma
Height: 5’11” Weight: 194 lbs
Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.52

Overall Grade:

5.94

Draft Projection:

3rd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 5.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 8
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 4
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 7.5


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 6
Man Coverage 10 7
Zone Coverage 10 8
Tackling 6 4
Run Stopping 6 3
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7
Physicality 6 4



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Good size and bulk for the position. More than adequate speed. Game speed appears to be faster than timed speed. Flips hips well. Good change of direction ability. Has the ability to cover a lot of ground. Reaches in and breaks up the pass effectively. Knows how to sit on routes and not afraid to jump routes. Can read the quarterback’s eyes. Most of his coverage was off the line, keeping the receiver in front of him. Sure tackler on wide receivers. Average ball skills. Could potentially play free safety.

Weaknesses

Not a solid run support guy. Can fly to the ball, but not a hitter and has a hard time bringing down running backs. Sometimes has trouble tracking the ball in the air. Doesn’t get his head around to make the play. Poor hands. Seemed to get lazy at times. Made some comments before the 2008 National Championship game about Tim Tebow to the national media. Limited production.

Analysis

Franks could have really used another season at Oklahoma to further develop his game. He certainly has the physical skill set but his ball skills are very limited. Many times he was in position to make the play, but either didn’t turn to find the ball or just didn’t make the catch. He needs to further develop the finer points of playing the position or he’ll be nothing more than a #2 corner or nickelback in the NFL. Because of his size and speed, teams could look at him to play free safety, but with his limited abilities in run support, that becomes a question as well.

Experience

Franks was a two year starter at Oklahoma.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2nd team All-Big 12.
2008: 2nd team All-Big 12.
2007: n/a


Academics

Multidisciplinary studies major at Oklahoma.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 41 29 12 0 1 2 1
2008 39 25 14 0 0 4 1
2007 5 2 3 0 0 0 0







Kick Return Stats
Year PR Yards TD FC Long KR Yards TD Long
2009 2 21 0 0 17 14 356 1 98
2008 1 25 0 0 25 0 0 0 0
2007 2 56 0 0 37 1 1 0 1





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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.