Franklin could be a star in Green Bay

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When the Packers picked Eddie Lacy at the bottom of round two, I thought they should have waited for UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin.

Ultimately, they did.

At the bottom of round four, the Packers added Franklin, a versatile, three-down back who can run, catch passes, and block.  One of the fastest running backs at the Combine, he’s a perfect fit for the West Coast offense.

So with Franklin and Lacy (wasn’t there a cop show by that name?), the Packers have a couple of new toys for an offense that typically passes to set up the pass.  Though there could be an issue with getting everyone enough reps and touches to keep them happy, the Packers have addressed a chronic need in a big way.

And don’t be surprised if it’s Franklin, not Lacy, who emerges as the better NFL player.

32 responses to “Franklin could be a star in Green Bay

  1. I like that the Packers finally realizing they need a running game to get teams out of the deep cover 2 look that’s been stalling their offense a bit since late 2011. Still think they only have 2 really good offensive lineman though – Sitton and Bulaga. TJ Lang would be better at center. So left side of the line still iffy in my opinion.

  2. I dig it, draft the guys that can thrive in the scheme try to develop them, Starks had his chances, was great the year of the Superbowl, but I believe he has been in the dog house for most of last year.

    Hopefully the injury bug won’t bite as hard as previous years, and the Packers can make the playoffs and see what happens from there on in.

  3. Jim Mora Jr. called him, “Warrick Dunn reincarnate”…

    Just PLEASE don’t put him on the cover of CAT FANCY…

  4. Packer offense now officially hell on wheels, and Cedric Benson need not apply. Love that they got Bakhtiari too; he can play all along the line and do it well. Rest of the draft should be all DL and S except for maybe a backup QB.

  5. From a Niners fan, I must say that I’m very impressed by Green Bay’s draft so far. All of the picks, especially the two running backs are great pics. I’ve watched Franklin at UCLA his entire career, and you guys got a STEAL! He is simply a dynamic running back, and he always reminded me of Frank Gore in his early prime. Congrats Packers fans.

  6. brettpall22 says:
    Apr 27, 2013 3:46 PM
    From a Niners fan, I must say that I’m very impressed by Green Bay’s draft so far. All of the picks, especially the two running backs are great pics. I’ve watched Franklin at UCLA his entire career, and you guys got a STEAL! He is simply a dynamic running back, and he always reminded me of Frank Gore in his early prime. Congrats Packers fans.

    Nice to see fans with class like you who are totally unlike all these viking fans.

  7. brettpall22 says:
    Apr 27, 2013 3:46 PM
    From a Niners fan, I must say that I’m very impressed by Green Bay’s draft so far. All of the picks, especially the two running backs are great pics. I’ve watched Franklin at UCLA his entire career, and you guys got a STEAL! He is simply a dynamic running back, and he always reminded me of Frank Gore in his early prime. Congrats Packers fans.

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    I have to say I like what the niners did, too. I think they jumped in front of Seattle twice. Ried and Lattimore are great.

    Packers and niners should be a great rivalry this decade, provided the Packers can tackle your QB.

  8. Looks to me like Lacy could build a career as a West Coast offense 3rd down/short yardage RB, with Franklin being the main back in an offense that only wants their RB’s to get 20 to 25 touches per game… way to go TT…. GO PACK GO!!!

  9. Wait I thought Franklin was supposed to be a better back than Le’veon Bell. Just like Montee Ball was and Eddie Lacey was and on and on and on…
    Good thing for Bell that most NFL GM’s are smarter and know more about football than the average fan.

  10. Wow … coming out of the NFC is going to be a biotch … A lot of strong teams while in the AFC there’s what 2-3 teams fighting for that SB spot.

  11. It’s nice that the Packers are finally realizing that you actually do have to run the ball in the NFL, but the key to the running game is more the offensive line than the running back and they haven’t done much to address that. Witness Adrian Peterson with a terrible offensive line in 2011 vs. Adrian Peterson with a good offensive line in 2012.

  12. iIwouldn’t be at all surprised – just because you’re a runningback from alabama doesn’t mean you are worth what they paid you – see: ingram, mark – N.O. Saints…

  13. Unless the Packers can set good edges and contain Kaepernick, or Wilson, all these supposed good picks aren’t going to end up in more wins on the field

  14. The only Packer who complains about “touches” is Jermichael Finley, who looks to be set up for a put up or shut up season. Can’t wait.

  15. riverace19 says:
    Apr 27, 2013 7:25 PM
    Unless the Packers can set good edges and contain Kaepernick, or Wilson, all these supposed good picks aren’t going to end up in more wins on the field
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    1) the Packers were really 12-4 last year. Everyone knows it. I’m not sure how many wins you want them to have, but if they finish 12-4 ill be ok with it.

    2) if Wilson and kaepernick try to have too many games like San Fran had vs the Packers, those qbs won’t make it halfway to through the season.

    3) the main reason the packers looked (admittedly) terrible vs the playoffs last year is no longer with the team. I’m betting the packers learned from their mistakes.

  16. He’ll do well the 4 times the Packers actually hand the ball off, along with those 4 OT’s they drafted. I guess when you don’t know what to pick, just pick 4 of everything and hope one of them turns out to be NFL capable. Either way when they turn 29 or have to pay them the Packers will let them go. What a miserable organization to play for.

  17. Every year GB does something that perks up the hopes of the Pack faithful that a running game will emerge, and every year it falls flat on its face – I see this year ending no different and it makes me wonder if the organization just doesn’t know how to condition and use them properly in an offense.

    (Hey, if Pack fans can continually make fun of our QB situation, we can do the same with their RB situation – two sides of the same coin – we got MVP in one, you have MVP in the other)

  18. cusoman says: Apr 28, 2013 11:01 AM

    Every year GB does something that perks up the hopes of the Pack faithful that a running game will emerge, and every year it falls flat on its face – I see this year ending no different and it makes me wonder if the organization just doesn’t know how to condition and use them properly in an offense.

    (Hey, if Pack fans can continually make fun of our QB situation, we can do the same with their RB situation – two sides of the same coin – we got MVP in one, you have MVP in the other)

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