2011 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Select Offensive Lineman Orlando Franklin

The Denver Broncos didn't have long to decide on their next pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.  After selecting safety Rahim Moore with the 45th pick, Denver came right back and selected offensive lineman Orlando Franklin with the 46th pick, giving the Broncos some flexibility along the offensive line.

Franklin, who NFL Network's Mike Mayock called "one of the most physical, nasty linemen in this year's draft" is the prototypical lineman for John Fox.  At 6-4, 325 pounds, Franklin is a mauler who plays with a nasty streak.  With a 36" reach, Franklin has excellent arms to play either inside or outside for the Broncos - a team with questions along the line with Ryan Harris set to test free agency.

Franklin started 51 games while at the University of Miami where he played left guard and left tackle.  While Franklin does have NFL intangibles, he will have to work on his footwork and technique.  Those things can be coached, however, nastiness can not.

Dan Kadar from Mocking The Draft had this to say about the Franklin selection:

If the Broncos wanted a physical, mean offensive lineman, they probably got the best one in this year's draft. Franklin spent much of his career at Miami playing left tackle, while also seeing some time at guard. He'll be at his best at guard where he doesn't have to move around too much. Franklin is best in the phone booth where he can get physical and use his strength. If the Broncos use Franklin at tackle, it might be a mistake.

The jury is still out, but I love mean, nasty and physical along the offensive and defensive line.

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