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Comcast Draft Profiles: Dominique Franks Edition

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You're no doubt aware by now that these Comcast profiles, which work backwards through the 2010 NFL Draft, are weekly features. You're also aware that I'm required to tell you that Comcast will cure your sleep apnea—though I just made that up—and that we've worked our way up to Dominique Franks.

Today's pick is a talented young cornerback who delights in the physical and spiritual destruction of wide receivers. You'll find more after the jump.

Name: Dominique Franks

Age: 22

College: Oklahoma

Nickname: Dominant Franks? Man, I got nothing. Suggest better ones.

2010 Role: Backup cornerback and punt returner

Reminds Us Faintly Of: A less-developed Nate Clements

Why He's Good: Athletic and agile, with the ability to change direction quickly. Leaps well. Can catch the ball when it comes to him and makes intelligent plays when it's heading in his direction. Closes the gap quickly and hits hard when he's got momentum. Talented special teams player who may have a future as the team's kick and/or punt returner. 

Why He's Not: Still a bit raw as a cornerback, as he's prone to biting on play fakes and misreading some plays. Not a great standing tackler, as he's much better in pursuit when he's built up a head of steam. Needs some coaching before he'll be ready to take on talented NFL receivers.

Notable Quotable:: "I love it. This is where I wanted to go from the beginning," Franks said. "I talked to Curtis (Lofton) right when I made my decisions and I said, ‘I would love to be a Falcon.' He told me, ‘maybe it will work out for you so you can come and join me.' Fortunately, it did. I can't wait to get out there."

Bottom Line: Franks is a more polished prospect, but once again I have to trace a parallel to Spencer Adkins. He's a big-time developmental prospect that has all the tools to become a starting cornerback in the NFL, but he'll have to learn to read quarterbacks and adjust to specific coverage schemes to get there. I look forward to seeing what Franks will provide in the years ahead.

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