Monday, February 25, 2013
Position switch for Franklin?
By Tim Kavanagh
Looking overall at the snap counts for Orlando Franklin during his time with the University of Miami, he was more of a guard than a tackle; in fact, it was only in his senior campaign as a Hurricane that he spent more time at tackle than guard. During his time with the Denver Broncos, Franklin has had some issues with some of the speedier pass-rushers he's faced, but has generally done well as a run-blocker. So is there any sense that the club could look to move him inside for 2013?
According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, this is something that could very well become a reality in the near future.
"The Broncos would have likely already made the move, especially given the injuries to Chris Kuper this past season, but they haven't shown they have a better option at right tackle," Legwold writes. "And while quarterback Peyton Manning, with his anticipation, knowledge of a variety of rush schemes and his ability to get the ball out on time, helps any offensive line, the Broncos do need to have their best options at the two tackle spots."
In order to fill that void, the Broncos may look at taking an RT early on in the draft. FSU's Menelik Watson has been cited as a potential Day One starter at the NFL level at RT, and Legwold reports that the Broncos also interviewed Virginia's Oday Aboushi at the combine this past week.