Austin Franklin’s speed hindered by rough running surface

Conditions weren’t quite ideal at New Mexico State’ pro day on March 5, when 14 NFL teams were present at a workout that was held outdoors at Aggie Memorial Stadium, which has a natural grass field but was really just ground and sand for the pro day.

The less-than-ideal field for running hurt the times posted by wide receiver Austin Franklin, an early entry into the 2014 NFL Draft. Franklin missed the first four games of the 2013 season because of a suspension related to academics, but still managed to post 52 receptions for 670 yards and seven touchdowns for the Aggies.

Franklin (5-foot-11, 191 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash just once, doing so in 4.69 seconds. He had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-4 broad jump. He also did the short shuttle in 4.25 seconds. Franklin, who has size-10 hands, was very smooth in his routes and very explosive in the drills. Franklin can also return kicks and there’s a chance that an NFL team could try him out as a defensive back. Franklin’s 4.69 40 time is not representative of his speed — more a result of the bad conditions of the surface — and he’s faster than that time would indicate. Franklin ran the 40 in 4.56 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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