Scouting Report: Franklin, Coleman

RB, Johnathan Franklin

Junior, UCLA
5-foot-11, 195 lbs.

Inside Run

Very good vision and instincts running between the tackles. Makes a lot of big plays on draws and counters. Has a good feel for cutting to daylight.

Outside Run

Has the speed and burst to turn the corner and make the long gainer at any given time. Gets to top end speed in a hurry and doesn't waste steps. He is a multiple miss runner in the open field.

Power Run

More of a speed, finesse type runner than one with sheer natural power. Can make short yardage runs with quickness but will get caught up in traffic too often.

Natural, soft hands. Can pluck and turn upfield quickly. A definite threat as a pass receiver.

Franklin is tough, hard-nosed and not afraid to stick his nose in vs. hard-charging LB's. He is very productive for his size in this phase.

UCLA's 2010 MVP is off to a good start again this season with 399 yards rushing and an impressive 6.1 average per carry. He is a smaller type running back with excellent speed, quickness and run instincts. Not easy to contain especially once he gets into the open field due to his 2nd gear burst. He is a player the opposition has to key. Can make the long gainer at any given time. He is the best runner the Bruins have had in awhile and a guy UCLA needs to feature as much as possible.

RB, Derrick Coleman

Senior, UCLA
6-foot, 240 lbs.

Inside Run

Hits the hole hard and shows good body lean on contact. Decisive runner, not hesitant and has good vision finding cutback lanes.

Outside run

He is more of a strong, between the tackles power runner though he can be deceptive once he gets in the open. More elusive than fast, can shake defenders on the perimeter and has some burst. Will break arm tackles.

Power Runner

Has the size and strength to move piles on contact. Always going forward. Can get the tough yards in crunch time. Ability to create yardage when nothing is there.

Not a big part of the passing game. Flashes soft hands and the ability to catch clean when given the opportunity.

Has all the tools but needs to improve fundamentals and angles to be more productive in this phase. Can face up well vs. blitz but is bothered by quick movement.

One of the more underrated players in the Pac-12 Conference. Coleman is a big running back with good speed and elusiveness. Has been the understudy to the productive Johnathan Franklin but is a good change of pace type who produces when his number is called. Has an impressive 5.8 average per carry this season and has flashed open field speed like in 2010 when he took one 74 yards vs Cal. Has a nice combination of size, speed and strength. Smart kid and a true team leader.


Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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