UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin has outstanding pro day

Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at UCLA on March 12, where 15 Bruins players (plus one former Bruin, Matt Ware) went through a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf.

The drills were by UCLA’s strength coach, and with the exception of the 40-yard dash the rest of the drills weren’t run the same way as at the NFL Scouting Combine. Players who were at the combine only got weighed.

Johnathan Franklin, RB (196 pounds) — Franklin did a 30-inch vertical jump, and stood by the rest of his numbers from the combine. Franklin looked really outstanding in the position drills. He caught the ball well with no drops. He had just one double catch and one chest catch.

Joseph Fauria, TE (243) — Fauria ran the 40 in 4.72 and 4.82 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-0 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.53 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.49 seconds.

Jeff Baca, G (299) — Baca did 28 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press, and then stood by the rest of his numbers from the combine. He also participated in the position drills.

Aaron Hester, CB (204) — Hester ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.57 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-0 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.46 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.92 seconds.

Datone Jones, DE (277) — Jones stood on his combine numbers and only did the position drills. The feeling with Jones is that he has to be play defense end in a 4-3 base defense in the NFL.

Jeff Locke, P (205) — Locke, a left-footed kicker, is a really good punter. He is every bit as good as Bryan Anger, the punter selected in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in last year’s draft.

Jerry Johnson, WR (6-2 3/8, 207) — Johnson ran the 40 in 4.50 seconds on each attempt. He had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-0 broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.53 seconds and three-cone time was 7.26 seconds. He performed 10 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Johnson was not at the combine. Johnson, who started 13 games for the Bruins in 2012 and had 428 yards receiving with one touchdown, is a potential rookie free-agent pickup following the events of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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