Troy Franklin reportedly fell in NFL Draft due to not loving football enough

Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin celebrates a touchdown as the No. 6 Oregon Ducks host the USC Trojans.
Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin celebrates a touchdown as the No. 6 Oregon Ducks host the USC Trojans. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

As the first three rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft progressed, Duck fans were astonished and outraged that their beloved wide receiver Troy Franklin had not been picked yet.

Franklin, who is arguably the greatest receiver that Oregon football has ever seen, led the Ducks in nearly every receiving stat during the 2023 season.

The former Duck had 81 catches for 1,383 yards and 14 touchdowns over the course of just 14 games last season. Franklin owns Oregon’s single-season record for receiving yards and is the all-time leader in receiving touchdown receptions (25) for the Ducks.

While Franklin didn’t have a stellar performance at the NFL Combine in February, many believed he had redeemed himself at Oregon’s Pro Day in March.

However, despite many mock drafts projecting Franklin as early as a first-round selection, it was a huge surprise as Round 3 came to a close and he had yet to receive a call.

On Saturday morning, the final day of the draft, an NFL inside John Frascella shared that Franklin had reportedly flopped during his team meetings.

Frascella shared that Franklin’s love for the game was in question and that he reportedly lacked the passion many find necessary for success in the NFL.

One fan of Franklin responded to Frascella’s tweet pointing out that the same thing was suspected of Georgia basketball star Anthony Edwards when he was coming out of college.

Where is Edwards now?

Leading the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 3-0 series lead against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA playoffs.

While Franklin is undersized for an NFL-level receiver, his speed and strength more than makeup for his smaller stature.

Not to mention, if someone watched a single Oregon game last season, they would know that Franklin loves nothing more than the game of football.

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