D-FW draft series: Ex-New Mexico State, Kimball WR Austin Franklin has speed to burn

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 2:43 am •  Published: April 18, 2014
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Each year the Dallas-Fort Worth area churns out some of the best football players in the country. Several of them are good enough to make it in the NFL. Here is a look at some of the best local prospects who have a chance to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft:

Austin Franklin

Position: Wide Receiver

High School: Kimball

College: New Mexico State

Height: 5-11

Weight: 189

What he’s done: Franklin was a standout athlete at Kimball, excelling at football and basketball. He was an all-district player in both sports. During a three-year stint at New Mexico State, Franklin was a key contributor. He accumulated 160 receptions, 2,439 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. His career average of 15.2 yards per catch was impressive. In 2012, when he made 74 catches for 1,245 yards, he was a first-team All-WAC selection. This past season, he missed four games because of an academics-related suspension. After declaring for the draft, Franklin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds, posted a 36-inch vertical jump and completed the 60-yard shuttle in 11.7 seconds. Franklin then impressed scouts during his Pro Day workout.

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