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Feleipe Franks NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Atlanta Falcons QB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) throws a pass during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6'6 5/8"

WEIGHT: 234 lbs

     

POSITIVES

—Excellent size and long arms at the QB position.

—Good athlete, especially for his size. Not a stiff and is a fluid mover. 

—Tough in the pocket and willing to stand in and deliver a throw.

—Can deliver the ultimate "wow" throws. Athletic enough to do this off-platform.

—Excellent arm strength. Throws a pretty deep ball and can also throw the ball through a wall.

        

NEGATIVES

—Struggles to consistently progress and makes a lot of head-scratching decisions with the ball.

—Long arms lead to a long delivery that NFL CBs will jump.

—Will end up late on throws due to inconsistent anticipation and dropback timing. Tries to overcompensate by throwing inaccurate fastballs.

—Below-average accuracy. Can spray his throws due to sporadic footwork.

       

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2020 STATISTICS

9 G, 163-of-238 (68.5%), 2,107 YDS, 17 TD, 4 INT, 1 RUSHING TD

      

NOTES

—Started 24 games at Florida before transferring to Arkansas in 2020.

        

OVERALL 

Feleipe Franks is a big-armed QB in the classic prototypical mold, but he has enough athleticism not to be a total statue in the pocket. Franks will make maddening decisions with the football. He consistently predetermines his throw and frequently will try to force balls no matter where defenders are. His excellent arm strength helps mask his longer delivery, but his inconsistent timing and footwork negate the advantage his arm gives him.

Franks has traits that will make him intriguing in the NFL, but he still has a long way to go with his eyes, anticipation, and overall polish and consistency. He is a developmental backup QB that would probably be best served on a practice squad to begin his career as he tries to hone his natural gifts to something usable. 

       

GRADE: 6.4/10

OVERALL RANK: 257/300 (Round 7)

POSITION RANK: QB13

PRO COMPARISON: Cardale Jones

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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