Orlando Franklin has played right tackle for the Denver Broncos his entire career, but with a hole on the offensive line, he's now being moved to left guard.
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Not long ago, I speculated that big Orlando Franklin could be moved to left guard, should the Broncos decide to let Zane Beadles walk.
Per Franklin himself, he's doing just that.
Franklin played both left guard and left tackle as a Miami Hurricane. However, since the day he was drafted, he has been the Broncos' right tackle.
And he's done a helluva job. In 2011, as a rookie, he graded out at +1.3 overall, per PFF. He has progressed each year. In 2012, he graded out at +20.0 and +19.2 in 2013 respectively.
He is one of the best right tackles in the NFL, so there is some concern that the Broncos are messing with a good thing.
But the emergence of Chris Clark has afforded the Broncos this benefit. Moving forward, the Broncos' offensive line will look like this.
LT- Ryan Clady
LG- Orlando Franklin
C- Manny Ramirez
RG- Louis Vasquez
RT- Chris Clark
The Broncos had to figure out a way to get tougher inside. Peyton Manning can deal with edge pressure. Where it really gets to him is when the pressure is inside, in his face. (See the Super Bowl).
Having an All-Pro left tackle in Ryan Clady, protecting Manning's blind side on the edge and Big O protecting his blind inside, it'll be difficult for the opposition to touch him.
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Chad Jensen in Lead Broncos Team Journalist for Pro Football Spot. Follow him on Twitter @CJ_BroncosPFS.
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