Steelers Bring In UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin & TCU WR Josh Boyce For Pre Draft Visits On Thursday

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin and TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce for pre draft visits on Thursday, according to Bob Labriola on Twitter

Franklin played in 14 games last season, as the senior set a school season-record with 1,734 yards rushing, placing second on the Bruins’ annual chart with 282 carries (6.15 ypc) while running for thirteen touchdown. His yardage total topped the previous school record of 1,571 yards by Karim Abdul-Jabbar in 1995, as Abdul-Jabbar’s  296 rushing attempts that season is the only figure ahead of Franklin’s 282 on the record list.

Franklin\’s agility test numbers were as follows: 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, 1.53 10-yard dash, 2.55 20-yard dash, 4.16 20-yard shuttle, 11.23 60-yard shuttle, 6.79 three-cone drill, 35-inch vertical jump, 9’10” broad jump, Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.

Boyce recorded 66 catches for 891 yards and 7 touchdowns last season at TCU. He worked at the NFL combine last month despite a broken foot and posted some very good numbers. 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, 1.54 10-yard dash, 2.51 20-yard dash, 4.10 20-yard shuttle, 6.68 three-cone drill, 34-inch vertical jump, 10’11” broad jump, and bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times.

The Steelers are almost certain to draft at least one running back and one wide receiver later this month. Franklin is regarded mostly as a compliment back, while Boyce is regarded as a slot receiver.

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  • Kysteeler

    I would def take Boyce in the 5th. Franklin, I wouldn’t want in the 3rd, I would rather trade up in the 4th and grab him.

  • $19122620

    Would be stunned if Franklin lasted until the 4th. In fact, the consensus have him projected 2-3. So if Steelers want him bad enough they probably can’t wait until their 3rd round pick. This means move up in the 3rd (which he is not guaranteed to make it to the 3rd) or draft him in the 2nd. Depends on what their plans are, and how they feel about him, but I could see them drafting another RB in the 3rd or later if they are not planning on drafting one in the 2nd. The other RB prospects they bring in, and where they are projected to be taken, I think will sort of indicate where they plan on addressing RB in the draft.

  • David Edward

    Both of these guys are decent fits for the Steelers. Franklin has some Fast Willie in him and Boyce has some Hines in him…but with speed.