Scouting Report: John Franklin III, WR, FAU

Number: #12 | Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Height: 6004 | Weight: 186 | Forty: 4.25 | Class: 2018 | Trainer: Fit Factory | Agent: Paul Healy-NLAE Management (904-610-0981/


You can’t teach this type of speed, the cliché couldn’t apply more. Laser-timed at 4.25 and 4.28 while at Auburn, he has also been timed at 4.22 during training leading up to the draft. In addition to rare speed, he is extremely athletic and elusive in space. His change of direction quickness and acceleration, hand-eye coordination and reaction time are all exceptional characteristics of his game that will be highly appealing to pro scouts. On film, he is difficult to track down once he gets around the edge on draw plays. Originally recruited as a quarterback by Jimbo Fisher to Florida State before transferring to East Mississippi CC where he starred on the Netflix show ‘Last Chance U.’ He would later transfer to Auburn where he played for Gus Malzahn and eventually finished his career at FAU, playing wide receiver for Lane Kiffin. The various type of offensive minds that have rubbed off on him are invaluable and he names former teammate Jameis Winston (Bucs) as one of his biggest mentors. Is still a raw player at the wide receiver position with limited playing experience. Will have to get more physical with defenders coming off the line of scrimmage against the jam. Loves the game, doesn’t know anything but football. If used right, he can be a dangerous offensive weapon being used in a situational role such as reverses, bubble screens and a Wildcat Turbo package until he learns the finer nuances of the position. He averaged 14 yards per touch (rushing/receiving) for Kiffin during his final season. The speed should certainly earn him every opportunity to prove himself to a NFL team. He is slated to workout at the BSN National Scouting Combine on Wednesday, February 28th at the SportsZone in Indianapolis.


2017 At FAU: In his first collegiate game as a receiver, recorded two receptions for a total of seven yards. Longest reception was for eight yards … Played a role in the Wisconsin game … Drew his first start of the 2017 season versus Bethune where he recorded two receptions for a total of 12 yards and added a carry for 18 yards … Had a seven-yard carry after lining up under center for the second-consecutive game … Worked with the squad and used his legs in a reverse play for a 16-yard gain versus MT … Had a 20-yard reception versus North Texas, but once again he found himself under center and had the opportunity to run the ball three times for a total of 69 yards and a score … Contributed to the offensive efforts versus Marshall … Tallied two carries for a total of five yards as a four quarterback at La Tech … Had three carries for a total of 50 yards, longest a 38 yarder, versus FIU in Shula Bowl 16 … Saw time under center, as a rusher with three carries for minus six yards, and as a receiver with an 18 yard catch … Had a big night in the 2017 C-USA Championship versus NT with two carries for a total of 75 yards, a 49 yard pass and a 22 yard scoring reception … Had one pass attempt in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.

2016 At Auburn: Played 13 games in 2016 under Gus Malzahn … Threw for 2014 yards and one TD with a 53.8 completion percentage … Rushed for 450 yards and two TDs, along with a long of 80 yards.

2015 JUCO: Played one season at East Mississippi Community College under Buddy Stephens … Threw for 733 yards and seven TDs, while running for 451 yards nad nine scores.

2013-14 At Florida State: Backup quarterback who also practiced at wide receiver in 2014…appeared in two games … dual-threat quarterback who can make plays with his legs as a former All-ACC track and field performer … captured Offensive Scout Team Player Award in 2013 … All-ACC member of the conference championship indoor and outdoor track and field teams … ran a leg on the ACC champion 4×100 relay team and advanced to the finals in the 100-meter dash at the ACC Outdoor Championships … posted a season-best time of 6.82 in the 60-meter dash during the indoor season – a mark that ranked 17th in the nation among NCAA Division I football players.

High School: Outstanding athlete who starred as a run-pass quarterback at South Plantation and will get a chance to play that position with the Seminoles…was also recruited by a number of programs as a cornerback … led South Plantation to a 9-2 record, including a trip to the FHSAA 8A state playoffs…possesses outstanding speed, having been timed at 4.38 in the 40, which is backed up by his fifth-place finish at the 4A state track & field championship in the 200… held a 3-star ranking from ESPN, Rivals, 247, Scout and PrepStar…outstanding student-athlete who had offers from both Air Force and Navy…selected Florida State over Tennessee.

Personal: MBA sport management major … Son of Kealer and John Franklin, Jr. … Born Sept. 21, 1994 … Currently, working on a MBA Sports Management degree.


2017: Navy (Rec: 2-7); Bethune (Rec: 2-12, R: 1-18); Buffalo (R: 1-7 yards); MT (Rec: 0-16); ODU (R: 1-11); North Texas (Rec: 1-20, R: 3-69, 1 TD); La Tech (R: 2-5); FIU (R: 3-50); Charlotte (Rec: 1-18, R: 3- -6); NT (Rec: 1-22 1 TD, P: 1-12, R: 2-75)

2017 Game Highs
Receptions: 2 Navy (9/1/2017)
Receiving Yards: 22 North Texas (12/2/17)
Carries: 3 North Texas (10/21/17), FIU (11/18/17), CHarlotte (11/25/17)
Rushing Yards: 75 North Texas (12/2/17)
Rushing TDs: 1 North Texas (10/21/17)