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Orlando Franklin | Tackle

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 320
College: Miami (FL)
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Broncos OL Orlando Franklin announced on Twitter that he has been moved from right tackle to left guard.
Franklin spent the last three seasons as Denver's right tackle, showing run-blocking prowess but struggling on an island. Left guard is a better fit for his skill set. We'd project the Broncos' pre-draft offensive line as follows: LT Ryan Clady, LG Franklin, C Manuel Ramirez, RG Louis Vasquez, RT Chris Clark. Apr 21 - 5:07 PM

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Broncos RT Orlando Franklin is a candidate to move to left guard if free agent Zane Beadles walks.

With an eye on re-signing Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Von Miller before 2015, the Broncos aren't expected to pony up the cash for Beadles. If Franklin moves inside, they'll have a formidable power due up the middle with RG Louis Vasquez and C Manuel Ramirez. Chris Clark, who excelled on Peyton Manning's blind side in 2013, would kick to right tackle with LT Ryan Clady back healthy. The Broncos are going to have a good line again in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 27 - 12:39 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin suffered knee and ankle sprains in Sunday's win.

We already knew about the knee sprain, but the ankle injury is a new one. It makes Franklin extremely unlikely to suit up for Sunday's game against the Colts. G Louis Vasquez took Franklin's place in the lineup Sunday, with Chris Kuper coming in at guard.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 03:22:00 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin left Sunday's Week 6 game against the Jaguars on crutches following a left knee injury.

Keep in mind the Broncos are already without LT Ryan Clady for the season. So they're now minus both starting offensive tackles entering a Week 7 date with the Colts. On Sunday, Denver replaced Franklin at right tackle with usual guard Louis Vasquez, and Chris Kuper entered the lineup to take Vasquez's place.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 09:47:00 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin (toe surgery) expects to be "good to go" for OTAs.

Franklin also revealed he's recovering from a shoulder injury. He puts his toe at 100 percent, and shoulder at "85 percent." Franklin is planning to play at 315 pounds in 2013 after never previously dipping below 320. Only 25 years old, Franklin graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 5 right tackle last season.
Wed, May 8, 2013 02:48:00 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin is recovering from toe surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

It means four of the Broncos' five starting linemen are recovering from operations. Franklin hasn't missed a game since joining the starting lineup in 2011. Franklin had been bandied about as a candidate to kick inside to right guard if Chris Kuper (leg surgery) wasn't healthy by camp, but that idea likely died when the Broncos didn't draft a tackle. Franklin is coming off a strong 2012.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 11:21:00 AM

The Denver Post says the Broncos will look "long and hard" at moving RT Orlando Franklin inside to guard.

Franklin, at 6-foot-7, 330, looks a little tall for the interior, but he certainly has the girth to push people around inside. In his second year out of Miami in 2012, Franklin started all 17 games and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 right tackle, finishing second in pass-blocking. It's atypical to see a guy excelling at one spot moved to another, but the Broncos are legitimately concerned over RG Chris Kuper's (ankle) health.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 08:34:00 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin has been cleared to return to practice after suffering a concussion on the first day of camp.

The injury won't be a concern going forward in camp, but is something to file away for if/when Franklin suffers another head injury. The Denver Post reported last week the Broncos have "kicked around" giving Franklin reps at right guard, but that idea will likely be shelved with RG Chris Kuper (broken leg) looking healthy early in camp.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 12:45:00 PM

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos have "kicked around" the idea of moving RT Orlando Franklin to guard.

The move would give the Broncos insurance on RG Chris Kuper (broken leg), but also open up a hole at right tackle. Kuper has been cleared for camp. Franklin actually made 12 more starts at guard than tackle for the University of Miami, and was much better in the run game than pass protection as a rookie.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Jul 28, 2012 03:03:00 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin was forced from Saturday's Divisional round playoff game with a left hand injury.

Assisted by two trainers, Franklin walked off the field slowly grabbing the upper thumb area on his left hand. The promising second-round rookie returned after missing just a couple of plays.
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 10:37:00 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin was forced from Sunday's game against the Lions with a left knee injury.

Tim Tebow has been sacked six times, in large part due to his inability to read defenses and Franklin's poor pass protection. Chris Clark, who plays as the extra blocker in jumbo packages, has come on as Franklin's replacement.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 07:01:00 PM

Broncos RT Orlando Franklin has been excused from the team to deal with a family matter.

On Wednesday night, Franklin tweeted, "Thanks guys for all your prayers for my little brother. Its a shame that he had to die at 20." Franklin, the No. 46 overall pick in the draft, has started all four games this season. If he doesn't return to the team in time for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Chris Clark and Tony Hills are candidates to get the nod.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 08:08:00 AM

Broncos signed No. 46 overall pick RT Orlando Franklin to a four-year, $4.35 million contract.

The Broncos love Franklin's potential as a mauling run blocker, but he's considered a work in progress in pass protection. That could be a rookie-season issue as he guards Tim Tebow's blindside.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 11:12:00 AM

Second-rounder Orlando Franklin is expected to remain at right tackle even if left-handed passer Tim Tebow wins the starting quarterback job this year.

Like the Jags with Mark Brunell and Tony Boselli and the Bengals with Anthony Munoz and Boomer Esiason, the Broncos will keep Ryan Clady at left tackle. Regarded as a dominant run blocker, the long-armed Franklin is expected to jump right into the starting lineup on the other side. His pass protection is still a work in progress, so Tebow will have to deal with the growing pains.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, May 27, 2011 09:21:00 AM

Broncos coach John Fox is high on No. 46 overall pick Orlando Franklin's ability to be a power blocker.

Franklin is likely ticketed for right tackle, Ryan Harris' old position. "He's big and physical, he knocks people off the ball, he gets his hands on you and you're usually going the other way," Fox said of Franklin. Franklin is 6-foot-6, 316 with 35-inch arms. Harris was 6-foot-4 1/2 and 305 pounds.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, May 9, 2011 03:26:00 PM

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