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Orlando Franklin Is Officially Moving To Left Guard


Chad Jensen

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.

https://twitter.com/OFranklin74/status/458339718057316352

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.

How do you feel about this news, Broncos Country? Tell us in the comments!

Chad Jensen in Lead Broncos Team Journalist for Pro Football Spot. Follow him on Twitter @CJ_BroncosPFS.

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I'm iffy about this move, to be honest. It definitely allows the Broncos to get their five best linemen on the field. And I think Chris Clark and Winston Justice will battle it out for the starting RT position, with the loser assuming the swing tackle role.

 

But I'm still unsure about Franklin inside. He does well at RT because he has room to react and recover. He struggles against bullrushes because he has lazy hands. DTs thrive on using the bullrush.

Seattle killed Manning with pressure up the middle. If Franklin can't correct his technique against the bullrush, Manning may not be able to step up in the pocket.

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One thing that is really bugging me is the talk it is permanent. It is April. I know he tweeted it out but what if he doesnt do well? Or whoever they want to take over RT doesnt do well and someone else is able to take over LG? The draft has yet to happen they may draft a LG. While it is most likely permanent just hard to say it is in April. 

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One thing that is really bugging me is the talk it is permanent. It is April. I know he tweeted it out but what if he doesnt do well? Or whoever they want to take over RT doesnt do well and someone else is able to take over LG? The draft has yet to happen they may draft a LG. While it is most likely permanent just hard to say it is in April. 

That's always a possibility. My opinion: it's not like he's unfamiliar with the position. He knows how to play it. Most of the same technique and tenants that he's learned at RT, from NFL coaching, applies to LG too. Not all, but most. 

 

I believe that it is permanent, unless he just absolutely tanks it, which is unlikely, especially in a contract year. 

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That's always a possibility. My opinion: it's not like he's unfamiliar with the position. He knows how to play it. Most of the same technique and tenants that he's learned at RT, from NFL coaching, applies to LG too. Not all, but most. 

 

I believe that it is permanent, unless he just absolutely tanks it, which is unlikely, especially in a contract year. 

 

I believe it is permanent but my point was it is hard to say it is without a doubt in April. A lot can happen between now and September when the games start. 

 

I believe he will have no issue learning LG and him and Clady next to each other is quite frankly scary for opposing DLs.

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In the SB, Seattle managed to effectively exploit Orlando Franklin's biggest weakness- foot speed against elite speed rushers. I like the move inside. Clark could actually end up being a better option at RT than Franklin, given his skill sets. Add to that the opportunity to play next to Vasquez, and I think Clark could have himself a fine 2014 campaign. Not to mention, the Franklin-Ramirez-Vazquez combo sounds like a pretty damn good interior line unit.

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I imagine this news will change a lot of mock drafts for Denver. I no longer see them going O-Line in the 1st round. Should put them in a position to draft BPA.

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Of course, there is also the possibility that all this talk is essentially a farce. A red herring thrown up to disguise our true intentions in the upcoming draft. I doubt it, but still something to think about.

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In the Super Bowl the whole offensive line was destroyed. No not just the offensive line, the whole team. Not just Franklin. If we wanted to go by that game alone we would need to find 4 new starting offensive linemen as the only one who could still start was hurt for that game. 

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By no means am I basing my analysis off of one game. I said Seattle exploited his weakness. I didn't say they invented it. He has had this problem throughout his whole career, Seattle was just the team to become aware of it and take advantage, on the biggest stage. Clearly the front office noticed it too, because he is being kicked inside where he can better utilize his size and strength, and won't get as exposed by explosive speed rushers.

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Mathis and the Colts really exposed it. Hard to say the Seahawks really exposed it when they were destroying everyone on the OL. Even Vasquez was dominated. Franklin has had this weakness since he was drafted but he has actually done a pretty good job covering it. Not many times it showed. Clark has a similar issue but no one mentions that. 

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Ya know, maybe you're right. Let's just throw up our hands and say, "Fuck it. Seattle is awesome and no matter what we do it will all be in vain because Seattle is just too damn good." Apparently based on your analysis (which, it is clear that you have a wealth of knowledge, more so even than Johns Elway and Fox) we should cut all 5 starting linemen for playing poorly in the Super Bowl, absorb the cap hit, and draft 5 freshies. Who are we, the goddamn Oakland Raiders?

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That isnt what I am saying at all. 

 

Franklin has been a top 5-10 RT in the NFL since he was drafted even with his struggled vs speed rushers which he has actually covered up for the most part. Using the Super Bowl to back your statement, just shouldnt be done. Every Bronco who saw the field struggled. Not just Franklin. The one game where Franklin struggled where the rest of the offensive line didnt was the Colts game.

 

Using his struggles vs speed rushers to back the move is the wrong way of doing it as that has been one of Clarks issues as well. So why move a top 5-10 RT in the NFL who struggles vs a speed rush for a guy who had 1 ok year starting for an injured all pro who also struggles vs the speed rush? 

 

Either way Clark or Franklin there will be struggles against speed rushers. 

 

No I dont think I know more than John Elway or John Fox but I am not some mindless fan who follows and believes in everything they do and let them make up my opinions for me. Franklin is a much better option than Clark at RT. Issue is Franklin is the best option on the roster at LG. That is warranting the move as the coaching staffs job is to put the best five out there. 

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Just remember, fellas. We're all on the same side, rooting for the Orange and Blue.

Peace in the middle east.

I think we all believe that Big O is probably the best option at LG. For now. The team obviously sees it that way.

My concern, truthfully, is whether Clark can hold up at RT.

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Just remember, fellas. We're all on the same side, rooting for the Orange and Blue.

Peace in the middle east.

I think we all believe that Big O is probably the best option at LG. For now. The team obviously sees it that way.

My concern, truthfully, is whether Clark can hold up at RT.

That was pretty much what I was trying to say in my last post. Franklin is the best option at RT and LG. The 2nd option just happens to be better for RT than LG. Unless Montgomery can take over C where Ramirez can move to LG. They probably are looking at that route as well. 

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Lets be clear here, this is in no way a permanent move. Some time after the Superbowl John Fox said "We are going to try a million different combos" referring to the Oline. Clearly Franklin would be a good fit at LG, the question is whether they have a suitable option at RT. If Clark or Painter or Justice fail to take the reins at RT we will likely see Franklin starting at RT this season. Montgomery will probably get the first opportunity to start at Center and show he will more resemble is 2012 form than his 2013 form. The Ramirez is an option at LG. 

 

We will try many different lineups and see which one has the most chemistry and cohesion as well as the best all around line. Franklin learning a new position surely does not make this "move" permanent especially considering this isn't a move at all.

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It's also worth noting that this saves the Broncos money. Orlando is in a contract year. The Broncos would have to pay him a LOT more if he was a RT than a LG.

This position move could very well be the issue that upset Franklin on Twitter a couple weeks ago. He knows that moving from tackle to guard will significantly decrease his options monetarily in free agency.

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