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Troy Franklin 2024 NFL Draft: Combine Results, Scouting Report For Denver Broncos WR

Oregon Ducks WR Troy Franklin raises his arms to the crowd
Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin celebrates a touchdown as the No. 6 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 16 Oregon State Beavers. (Ben Lonergan-USA TODAY NETWORK)

The 2024 NFL Draft is getting close, making it an excellent time to highlight some of the class' best players with scouting reports. Each report will include strengths, weaknesses and background information. 

Here's our report on Troy Franklin.

Troy Franklin's 2024 NFL COMBINE RESULTS

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 176 pounds
  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.41 seconds
  • 10-Yard Split: 1.61 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 39"
  • Broad Jump: 10'4"
  • 3-Cone Drill: 6.9 seconds
  • 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.31 seconds



  • Long, sleek, thin-framed wide receiver who predominantly lined up outside. Smooth and fluid with stride length.
  • Showed stride length and route speed on vertical release with free access. Showed burst to get on top of off-coverage corners.
  • Showed a good feel for using his vertical stem to challenge off-coverage corners and get them off their spot.
  • Flashed body control and hands to make tough contested catches on vertical throws. High-pointed the ball.
  • Showed vertical dimension, especially with free access, and accelerating speed into route stem and burst to run by corners.
  • Ran away from coverage on movement routes re: go routes, post routes and crossers. Is an explosive speed receiver.
  • Had snaps where he defeated press man coverage with both short-area burst off the ball and accelerating speed into vertical stem.
  • In 2023, showed the short-area burst and gliding accelerating speed to run by corners. Had a vertical dimension.
  • Stride length is a major component of his game. Ate up ground by both defeating press coverage and breaking down cushions.
  • Showed a sense of pace and tempo as a route runner both off the line of scrimmage vs. press and through his vertical stem.
  • Caught the ball effectively with his hands, allowing him to make a seamless transition to a smooth run after the catch.


  • More straight-line linear than loose hipped. Little high cut with his length, but he can run away from coverage.
  • Had erratic and inconsistent hands. Made tough catches but double-caught and dropped too many routine throws.
  • Ball tracking on vertical routes is at times erratic and inconsistent — and that must be a clear strength of his game.
  • There will be legitimate questions re: his physicality and toughness to work effectively in the middle of the field, as well as his ability to defeat physical press coverage without route disruption off the line of scrimmage.
  • Can Franklin consistently line up at boundary X at the next level? Can he win 1-on-1 vs. quality NFL cornerbacks?

Troy Franklin at the podium at the NFL Combine
Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin (WO08) talks to the media during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)


Franklin is one of the more intriguing wide receiver prospects in the draft due to his size/speed/stride length/vertical ability profile. He's tall, lanky receiver with an easy, efficient, gliding stride that helps him eat up off-coverage cushions. He also has the outstanding accelerating speed to run by and get on top of corners.

There were routes where Franklin showed a feel for route running using his vertical stem to attack and set up corners, especially off-coverage corners when he could use the threat of his vertical speed to get them off their spot and/or turn their bodies. At times, he showed he could work the middle of the field effectively on slant, glance routes and dig routes. And he has the short-area burst and accelerating speed to seamlessly make the transition from receiver to home run threat if he has space in front of him.

One question that must be answered by evaluators and coaches is whether he can effectively defeat physical press coverage at the next level given his thin, sleek frame. He'll have to work through contact without route disruption to create enough separation to provide a clean target for the quarterback.

Whether he can be a boundary X receiver at the next level will be a big question for his NFL coaches. Franklin was predominantly a static receiver in the Oregon offense, but he could well be effective as a movement Z receiver with free access off the ball generating speed and stride length as a vertical receiver.  

Other Notes

Franklin came to Oregon from northern California as one of the top 75 recruits in the nation and a top 10 receiver prospect. Franklin started his final two seasons at Oregon, finishing his career with an outstanding 2023 season: 81-1383-17.1-14 TD

In 2022, Franklin predominantly lined up outside including snaps at boundary X on the back side of trips. His snaps in the slot primarily came out of empty formations.

In 2023, Franklin predominantly lined up outside again with significant snaps at boundary X, but he also lined up at No. 1 to trips. As was the case in 2022, his snaps in the slot primarily came out of empty formations and almost always to the boundary side of the formation.