Denver Broncos Would Be Better Off Moving Orlando Franklin
The Denver Broncos go into the NFL Draft with their first pick sitting at number 28. One of their needs this off-season would be to fill a hole or two on the offensive line, where they have needs at guard and tackle. The best scenario for the Broncos would be better to move G Orlando Franklin to his more natural position in the interior of the line, being that he struggles at times with outside pressure.
Franklin is a big 6’7″ 330lb gap-stuffer that played most of his college career at guard, until his senior year when the Miami Hurricanes switched him to the right tackle slot. With the draft deep with lineman this year, the Broncos would have two or three good choices at the 28th pick to secure a tackle, which would add depth and security to protect Peyton Manning.
G Chris Kuper needs time to rehab from his injuries, and Franklin will be doing the same, so now is a good time to evaluate the talent on the roster and allow anyone drafted to prove their worth during their off-season program.
The move would benefit all involved, especially if Franklin and Kuper are at full strength, and Executive Vice President of Player Personnel John Elway is able to wok his magic in the draft again and acquire a tackle that can improve upon the position from last year. Keep in mind that Franklin was the second most penalized lineman in 2012, and he was consistently being attacked from the outside as he allowed five sacks.
To make the natural move now would help solidify not only the pass protection, but the run game as well. This would be a tremendous step towards meeting the goals that Elway has outlined for the Broncos organization. He may not be happy with the way 2012 ended, and moving Franklin would be one step into assuring that that ending does not have a sequel.