Position change? Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy suggests Feleipe Franks could end up somewhere besides QB
Arkansas (and former Florida) QB Feleipe Franks is an interesting prospect ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
He won’t be a first-round selection, but he could hear his name called late on Day 2 of the draft or early on Day 3.
He’ll be drafted as a quarterback, but if that doesn’t work out, could he switch to tight end? On ESPN recently, Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said he thinks Franks has the skills to make the switch if needed (via 247Sports):
“It wouldn’t be a slot receiver, it would be more of a tight end projection, and that would be Arkansas’ Feleipe Franks,” Nagy said. “Now, Feleipe’s got all the tools. He’s one of the most intriguing quarterback prospects in this draft just because of the arm talent and all the game experience in the SEC. I think any team that drafts Feleipe is going to be committed to a long-term, 2-to-3-year plan with him. But if it’s just not working out over that span, I could see some time being open-minded enough to using Feleipe as a tight end.
“He’s 6-6. He’s got an 82-inch wingspan. He ran in the high 4-5s at his pro day. So very similar to a guy like Logan Thomas of the Washington Football Team. We saw what he did this year — 72 catches, six touchdowns. So Feleipe’s got very similar physical tools to a Logan Thomas. So, again, I think Feleipe’s a quarterback. But if two or three years down the road, it’s not working out, I could see that change being made.”
Will Franks eventually be asked to make that switch? It seems Nagy thinks that’s up to Franks himself. Develop as a passer and he has the skills to play the position at the NFL level. But, if he stays stagnant as a passer, a move to tight end could be in order.