Franks' combination of size and arm talent could appeal to an NFL team looking for a developmental prospect
There are plenty of quarterbacks for teams to consider in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Feleipe Franks. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the former Arkansas and Florida starter.
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Feleipe Franks Draft Profile
Franks has the arm to fit tight-window throws with velocity and shows excellent touch on deep throws. He throws from a naturally wide base and can throw with power without having to step into the throw. His size allows him to scan the field, and he has some functional mobility; after transferring to Arkansas he looked a little more nimble and showed a much-improved ability to throw on the run.
There’s not a lot of twitch in his game, as Franks throws with a bit of a windup. There’s not a whole lot of subtlety to his movement within the pocket; if he can’t escape and get himself space, he ends up off-balance and awkward when the ball comes out. Like a lot of big quarterbacks, his mechanics can get sloppy, and he struggles to repeat his motion.
There are tools to work with for a team that wants a developmental QB in a downfield play-action passing game, though refining Franks’ mechanics will be a challenge.
Final Grade: 6th/7th round
(Top photo courtesy of arkansasrazorbacks.com)