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Packers trade up to add UCLA’s Franklin to backfield

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 27, 2013 – 12:34 pm

GREEN BAY–Competition in the Packers backfield increased significantly when the team selected UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin following a trade up into the fourth round with the Denver Broncos.

Franklin, 5-10, 201, was thought to be one of the fast-rising players in the draft, but mysteriously lasted into the fourth round. He was a late-season hit last year and followed that up with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.

“A hungry, downhill, one-cut runner with the competitive zeal, football character and toughness to contribute immediately,” a draft publication said of Franklin.
The Packers selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round.

Denver got the Packers’ fifth (146) and sixth-round (173) picks.


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88 Responses to “Packers trade up to add UCLA’s Franklin to backfield”

  1. By Ronnie on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Why?

  2. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    MM, go wake up TT !!

  3. By mark on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Because the Packers can’t convert on 3rd down with a one yard to go, that’s why

  4. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    A SAFETY, PLEASE !!!

  5. By Tim on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Why? Because the guy was by far the most talented player left on the board and worth the move. Also RB is very injury prone and I wouldn’t want us to put all our eggs in Lacy’s basket. Love the pick. What is wrong with getting a 1-2 combination in the backfield?

  6. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Because we can’t bank on Eddie Lacy being good.

    Didn’t all you “experts” want a running game?

    Well, you got it!

    LOL

  7. By Ziga on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Why not if ut brings good VALUE. plus RB’s get hurt all the time. Good pick.

  8. By Brandon on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Because Rodgers was our 2nd leading rusher last season, that’s why

    Because a solid running game takes the pressure off of Rodgers, that’s why.

    Because Rodgers has yet to have a solid running game to work with during his career, that’s why.

  9. By JEA7 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Franklin will be better NFL player than Lacy

  10. By Mike on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    It was needed. We have nothing for backs. Green and Starks blow. Starks can trip for 3 yards, not much more. Benson is too old and hurt last year. 2 fresh, talented running backs were a perfect call.

  11. By Straightliner on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Insurance if Lacey is out for a month or more with a hamstring.

  12. By Robert Stanelle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Franklin is a GREAT pick. I though he should have gone before Lacy and Ball. Another great move by TT who is the best in the business, despite those less football knowledgeable folks who are never happy.

  13. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    It looks like the running back “committee” will be Harris, Lacy, and Franklin this year.

  14. By spike on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    i am amazed at the really ignorant comments being posted here, tt knows what he is doing, people question why he trades down and then question why he trades up, all you debbie downers chill out, this draft is another sterling job by tt, keep up the good work!
    go packers!
    go ted!

  15. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    WE NEED A SAFETY !!!

  16. By adamb2003 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I think too Many people actually need to wake up? People ask why draft these 2 Running backs, it does not take a Foot ball Geek to see what they are doing!!! First let me show you what they are doing and why!!! Eddy Lacy, is a Pound the Hole type of guy, He is the guy who on 3rd and 4th down when you need a yard or maybe even 4 He can be called on… Franklin, has unbelieveable Speed and Skill, He hits a Hole and is gone, many Drafters Compare him to the Starting Running back for the Atlanta Falcons Jacquizz Rodgers Not saying he is Him, b.c He is not… But with his 4.4 Speed and 201 Frame, he is sure to be a Flashy Back and one that has good Dirrection… This guy rushed for 100 Yards in 8 Games in each of his 3 Seasons… He is a Proven back one with Skill… Lacy, is the 240 Pound back at 5’10” who pounds the ball… packers Fans asked for more agressive play know you have it… Packers are planning on the Running the Football, and becoming very good at it… I can see Alex Green Sticking around on the Roster as a 3rd String back, that or Duan harris… But either way, plan on starks, and Green or Harris leaving the Green Bay packers…

  17. By No1PackerBacker on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Good pick – he was the best player available and worth trading up for. People forget that we had to go to the street last year to have a servicable RB on the field. Plus just like LB’s RB’s make good special teams players if they are not the featured back.

  18. By sportcondition on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I love it. We’ve now picked up 2 of the best backs in the draft done it at great value. Both of these guys were projeccted to come off the board much earlier than they did. How can you question Ted Thompson? I can’t figure out how after all the success he’s brought to Green Bay (and Seattle for that matter) he still has haters. We Packer fans have been very spoiled.

  19. By Tim on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Ronnie and Mark don’t worry about the Pack calling you for a scounting job stick to sweeping floors

  20. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, I am enjoying what is happening today.

    I just can’t believe why people are yelling for a running game and then are upset when TT drafts a second running back.

  21. By Tim on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    whoops misread marks comment remove him from the previous post

  22. By CJ on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great 1-2 change of pace at RB, no safety though. Guess they’re counting on McMillian/Jennings.

  23. By Mark on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Because a good running game also helps the defense. Look at Minnesota last year, horrible defense, horrible QB and offense, but yet they have a running game.

    Great Pick!!!

  24. By adamb2003 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    There will be no Running back by Committee this year… This will be a 2 guy Running game, with maybe a third back for screens and trick plays… I see lacy the Second guy… Franklin the First. and Green, or Harris the 3rd… Starks will be gone, there is no room on a Roster for a guy who is always hurts and only picks up a yard or 2

  25. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    At this point we may get a Safety who might make the practice squad !

  26. By Bob Kitch on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great Pick T.T. however can we pick a Safety PLEASE!

  27. By Toady on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    At first i was not happy with the RB picks, but I have had time to think about it…and I am warming up to the picks. Having some legit backs with different skillsets could make this team very dangerous. Don’t forget that Lacey can catch the ball pretty well, and he is is pretty good at recognizing and blocking those pesky Blitzing linebackers.

    Of course these guys will have to earn their spots on the team…but I don’t think that will be an issue given our current talent.

  28. By corpusrob on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome pick. Most of you are too young to remember Taylor and Hornung. Awesome one two punch. Bart Starr was the quarterback. Didnt do too badly

  29. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Wake up TT somebody ! Coffee could help.

  30. By Jerry on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Why? Because our RB situation is a MASH unit. Drafting Lacy was the mistake. Unless TT wants a roommate in training room for Starks, and Lacy…lol! We need help at OL, S, ILB…2 RB’s is puzzling to me…

  31. By Mark on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    TT is no fool. He knows that our D is a work in progress. So how do you keep the other team off the field? By controlling the clock. How do you control the clock? By jamming the rock down the other teams throat. If we have a running game, OMG we are going to be unstoppable. No more cover 2 and teams will put 8 in the box to stop the run and Arod will light them up like the 4th of July.

  32. By Doug on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I Love The Picks.

    1. Eddie Lacy – Great -3rd down short yard conversions
    + wear down defenses going into 4th qtr
    2. DeJuan Harris – Great 1st and 2nd down
    back.Brightest spot on the Packers
    next to Randall Cobb last year.
    3. Jonathan Franklin – Great For Change of pace and out
    of the back field catches.

    Greene or Starks – Practice Squad

  33. By Doug on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Now Go Draft All Defense !! Go Pack Go !!!

  34. By 64 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    hope he has good hands, so he can split out, Thompson hasn’t had a very solid background in picking RB’s ,Eddie Lacy seems like a no brainer! but this guy who knows, Good Luck to him!

  35. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Offence wins games, but Defence wins Championships!
    WE NEED A SAFETY !!!

  36. By James on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Both James Starks and Alex Green could be edged out over the next two years.

  37. By Stephen on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Why is everyone complaining about safeties? Burnett is an excellent player and MD will be even better this year. Why not be happy we got the DE we needed and two RBs. i’m getting sick and tired of the 49ers fans calling us “soft”

  38. By gando on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Steal of a deal…just rejuvenated a running game with 2 solid backs…
    A running game we haven’t seen in the Rodgers era. SUPER!

  39. By David Berka on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    To my Packer-backer brethren: This Draft is going extremely well! TT has exhibited his draft-mastery to us all. We noticed the upgraded change from his very first Draft all of those years ago. Just look @ how the character of the Packer leadership reflects all thru our team’s organization. Keep watching & learning; and don’t let all those bear fans’ comments & carping fool you for even one moment! The Pack IS back.

  40. By Mark on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Jerry, did you see the last 2 picks before Franklin?? We picked up a OT and OG. So what else do you want them to do draft another lineman in the 4th round?? Getting a steal at running back is better than getting a practice squad lineman.

  41. By Pac Rat on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Well, It looks like ted gets the nod on this one, and I agree. Two backs are better than none! Why don’t some of you fools wait until the drafts over, and then see how it plays out. Or better still, wait until the end of the season!

  42. By karlander on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I would say thats about it for Starks and Alex Green.

    Wow, DuJuan, Eddie LAcey, Jon Franklin and Kuhn. Now theres a quality running game………..
    Well done TT.

  43. By michael on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I watched Franklin play every game last year (UCLA fan). There’s no doubt in my mind he can be a top 10 back in 1-3 years. He has great awareness and is incredibly smart. People just calm down. Franklin is huge steal in the 4th round.

  44. By Ronnie on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Lol so many angry people on the Internet today was just a simple question and no I don’t sweep floors Tim hahaha

  45. By Dennis on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    TT is no fool. He knows that our D is a work in progress. So how do you keep the other team off the field? By controlling the clock. How do you control the clock? By jamming the rock down the other teams throat. If we have a running game, OMG we are going to be unstoppable. No more cover 2 and teams will put 8 in the box to stop the run and Arod will light them up like the 4th of July.

    Dang Mark that is one heck of a comment well done. Just had to repost it. Sweet.

  46. By John on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great pick.

  47. By Bill on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    VAPacFan1, if you can do a better job at drafting, ask TT. In my OPINION, TT and his staff are doing a great job. Rodgers needs some type of running game and PROTECTION! GB will draft a safety at some point. In the meantime, relax, have a brat and beer. Chill VAPacFan1

  48. By John on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Two words…Johnny Jolly…yeah baby!

  49. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Break out a case of Chap Stick for these guys.

  50. By David Janschutz on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    The sound of running down they throat, is BEAUUUUUUUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. By MantyWrestler on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I for one don’t think we will draft a safety. We have 4 young ones on the roster and i believe TT and MM will go with that.

    Love the pick and the idea of fresh blood at the RB position.

  52. By JON on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    WE COULD JUST HAVE GOTTEN AT THE LEAST A GREAT KICK RETURNER FOR STARTERS

  53. By Haevs on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    For those of you who think TT is a ‘great’ GM let’s remember we could have had M Lynch (Seattle now) for a 3rd round pick….instead we draft Alex Green….now we draft 2 RB’s …..tell me our great depth on OL/DL/LB and S

    we lost Cullen Jenkins and Scott Wells and TT is still trying to replace those 2 areas……He wants all these picks and please tell me a impact player from his drafting in rounds 5-7 ( only 1 Des Bishop ) in all his drafts

  54. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Cullen Jenkins was undrafted.

  55. By Jason Kline on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    OMG!!!! Lacy and Franklin!!! Your all NUTZ!!! The #1 nad #2 RBs in the draft!! WHoooHOOO!!!! Franklin is like Reggie Bush but wayyyy more durable!!!! I’m so pumped!!

  56. By packstack on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    good pick…solid draft….would have gone different route than cornell center, but still can upgrade dbackfield with the last few picks.

  57. By James on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Straight-up defense is only one part of the D. The offense must play the part of dominating time of possession, so the defense gets rest and keeps the other offense off the field. These two RB’s Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin will give the offense a better chance at T.O.P.

  58. By JKChowski on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I love how so many of you seem to know better than TT. You guys must have teams knocking at your doors for GM positions. Maybe just trust the guy who takes us to the playoffs every year (save one) and has a Super Bowl ring.

  59. By Mark on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Haevs – Most players in the 5-7 rounds are not impact players!! That is why they are in the e 5-7 rounds. You are looking for role players in those rounds. It is easy to look back 5 years from now and say how bad a pick was after the fact. People said TT was stupid for taking Rodgers when we had Favre and look how that turned out.

  60. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    @Mark

    Not only that, but one of the players he noted as one that TT is still trying to replace (Cullen Jenkins) was undrafted.

    No one will know how this pans out until next year or the year after.

  61. By Gouda on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    All you armchair drafters need to calm your shorts down. TT and his team are professionals. They do this for a living. Do you? Do you have a complicated scoring system to value players and where they fit on the draft board? I highly doubt you can even comprehend that with all you boys complaining about TT’s picks.

    And you guys whining about Lacy. Just wow. Learn the facts. He didn’t miss a game during his injury plaqued senior season and he only did the following.

    Lacy ran for 1,207 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore, 1,800 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior, and 1,046 yards and 17 touchdowns during his injury-plagued senior season. <——————–

    Ya only had a 1000 yard season fighting through injuries.

    He's a tough kid and a pounder and exactly what we needed.

    All you fools saying TT needs to wake up need to go invest in some anti-dumb pills.

  62. By gordy on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Ive been a Packker fan since I was ale to walk. The arm chair General Managers on this board are like parents at a high school football game who think their kid is going pro. I’m not always satified with TT draft schemes either but so far this is the best I can remember in a long time. Remember draft and develope, why is it Green Bay is able to compete year in and year out with so many injuries? Draft and develope has made them a very deep squad. Simply put all needs are being addressed esspecially the RB and OL. Relax these two back slected are going to provide a wicked combination for other teams to defend. Mr. Rodgers sack issue is mainly due to NO Running game. That has just changed in this draft. I bet by October some on this board start complaining we don’t throw the ball enough. Enjoy the rest of the draft. ;)

  63. By Joe on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Hey VAPacFan1, go root for the Bears or Cowboys! Many of the experts are ripping their draft so far. TT has done a great job drafting over the years…every team has 1 or 2 misses; but he doesn’t reach for a pick that he can get later and pick up some extra picks.

    @Doug, Green or Starks would have to first clear waivers to be put on practice squad..unlikely to happen. NFL network reported Starks is on the trading block.

    Go Pack!

  64. By Dennis on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Haters always gonna hate. Well done TT! Excellent draft. I love the prospects of pounding the rock straight up the other teams throats!

  65. By Ziggy on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I need to know one thing from the complainers on here. Why are you commenting on here when you should be doing your jobs in the draft war room? You are professional draft evaluators, arent you?

  66. By Richard on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    If you look at it, TT actually did not trade away any of “their” picks, he traded picks that were acquired through previous trades with San Francisco and Miami. So, getting a running back that is good in picking up blitzes and also running the ball makes sense.

  67. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    “I bet by October some on this board start complaining we don’t throw the ball enough.”

    Agreed!

  68. By Ronnie on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    WR or Safety for pick #159?

  69. By packdraft on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Rambo will be next pick and help the safety position. Big hitter too. Will make our defense more physical.

  70. By Ronnie on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Rambo the guy from Georgia?

  71. By packdraft on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Yes, good size and decent speed

  72. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    RB,s good
    OT,s good
    NO Safety, not good

  73. By packdraft on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Might not make it to us with Redskins and Bengals also needing safety help.

  74. By Toady on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Sounds good to me…

    BTW, for all the people on here complaining about losing Cullen Jenkins and Scott Wells…you also have to manage your salary cap as well as while prioritizing important pieces you must keep to be successful. I think the current regime in GB has done this pretty well.

    Gotta watch the $$$$$$.

    Getting Lacey where we did alleviates the cap cash crunch a little more. It was a smart move!!!

  75. By Seth on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great job…Love this pick

  76. By dan on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Loving the draft. I kind of wish they would have taken a chance with Lattimore instead of taking Franklin but I can live with it. Wish Lattimore would have gone to an AFC team tho instead of the niners!! Something else, I don’t feel we really need to go offensive line anymore. We do have Sherrod and Bulaga coming back and I think Barclay is a solid backup. It also sounds like Rodgers feels really EDS. Go Pack Go keep up the good picks

  77. By Eric on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    We got two very good RB’s that can not only run but can block and catch out of the backfield. The packers offense (which utilizes these kinds of players) just got a very nice upgrade. We have enough late round picks to get the rest of what we need.

  78. By Johnny on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    For all you TT apologists if he had done it right the first time and got a better RB than Green we wouldn’t be back here again. They need more defense…Jesse Williams would have been a better pick.

  79. By Mitch2 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I think our O line is decent now. Didn’t like the 2 O line picks. Would’ve loved Jesse Williams in the 4th. Thought the Datone Jones pick was awesome. Running back picks were great. Now D front!!!

  80. By Mitch2 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Yes!!! The Boyd pick really made my day. OK TT, I’ll let you slide on those OT picks.

  81. By Greg on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    So we get 1 pick for the 49ers to move up in the 2nd round but we give 2 to Denver to move up in the 4th. That makes sense. Should we go mop their stadium bathrooms too and detail Elways car?

  82. By jim on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I’ts about time we got some running backs. that can do the job great picks

  83. By Chuck on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I’m waiting for that 7th round receiver/special teamer pick. There always seams to be one.

  84. By MU Warrior on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    For those of you looking for a safety, the kid from Iowa is big enough to play safety and he is a hitter. Put him bakc there with what we already have and we will be fine with the additional pressure from Jones and Perry along with Clay-Boy.

  85. By DarwinsMyth on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    The Packers stole Eddie Lacy from Seattle, and they stole Jonathan Franklin from the 49ers… lol. I love the selections. As for the 3rd RB… it should be DeJuan Harris. Meanwhile, the Packers is fundamentally transformed into a well-balance powerhouse on offense… as long as the offensive line holds up.

  86. By CaliforniaCheese on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I still can’t figure why Franklin fell so far? hes a different kind of back than lacy, granted, but still one of the best in the draft. oh well, we got him and good luck to the 49ers with lattimore.

  87. By Charlie on Apr 28, 2013 | Reply

    I keep seeing comments about we need a safety.those people need to keep in mind Mcmillan,Jennings are very young and they will improve.breakout seasons are usally year 2 or 3. also dont forget sean richardson was making alot of noise before injury and could steal the starting job from the other 2.

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