2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dominique Franks

Zack NallyCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Running back Noel Devine #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs for a 65-yard touchdown past Dominique Franks #15 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the second half at the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium January 2, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Dominique Franks (Oklahoma)

Height: 6-0 Weight: 192 40 Time: 4.48

Franks opted not to return to Oklahoma for his senior year, vaulting himself into the discussions about first-round corner talent. The former Sooner comes into the draft a confident cover corner who shows great potential as an immediate cover corner who can also contribute greatly to special teams. 

At 192 pounds, Franks is one of the bigger corner prospects and his physicality reflects that. His tackling ability was one of the strongholds of the Sooner defense in '09 and that skill should transition nicely to the next level.

His upper body strength keeps him on the short list of defensive backs. He shows flashes of inconsistency when trying to utilize his hands to jam defenders at the line, but displays a tremendous pop to keep even over-sized tight ends at bay.

Franks' man coverage skills are up and down. The numbers from his junior year at Oklahoma aren't completely accurate as opposing quarterbacks wised up after his sophomore year and threw fewer balls his way. He has a quick backpedal and his hips rotate without a cinch. 

He has a tendency to be fooled by stop-and-go routes but possesses the quick burst of speed to catch up to the route and tip the ball or make the open field tackle. 

In zone coverage, Franks excels at coming off his primary man and clamping down on underneath routes to prevent a big play. Although he shows a great understanding of the game, he struggles at times in his communication with the safety, allowing runners to get behind him unprotected on fly routes.

He has a tremendous plant-and-drive technique that keeps out routes out of the offensive playbook on his side of the field. His long limbs allows him to stay off the ball enough to bait the quarterback and quickly recover with a tipped ball.

His hands aren't the best, dropping would-be interceptions throughout his career and wasting big opportunities. He has a tendency to allow his confidence to translate to cockiness on the field, losing focus and allowing the big play to happen right under his nose.

It's not a constant, but Franks also has a tendency to play through the whistle and exchange words with the wide out. Other than that, he displays solid character traits and serves as the defensive leader, even in a talent-rich backfield. 

He has versatility in the red zone, sometimes serving as a safety in big moments and his abilities as a return man will also elevate his draft status come April. 

Look for a team like Cincinnati to bolster up their defensive backfield with some youthful athleticism in a player like Franks. Safety Roy Williams' contract is expiring this offseason and Franks may serve as the insurance to keep the integrity of their defense intact.

Franks may not be ready to play in the NFL immediately, but his skill set and natural athleticism will translate nicely to the professional level.