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By Jonathan Bales

Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: S Bacarri Rambo and RB Johnathan Franklin

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My two latest scouting reports are on Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin. I really like both players. On Rambo:

Rambo really broke out for Georgia in 2011, registering 55 tackles and a team-high eight interceptions. Rambo added 12 tackles to his 2012 total despite missing four games due to his suspension. With 16 career picks, NFL teams know Rambo has a lot of upside in the back end, but the well-rounded safety will need to convince organizations that he won’t be a problem off of the field.

Rambo really excels in coverage; he can play both the deep half and deep middle—one of the few true free safeties in this draft. At 6-1, Rambo has the height to make plays in the air against taller receivers. He’s always in on plays because he reads the quarterback extremely well and possesses the acceleration to get to the football. Once he’s in position to make a play, Rambo’s ball skills are outstanding. He has game-changing potential; he’s probably the best bet to lead all rookie safeties in interceptions, assuming he gets on the field.

Check out the rest of the report on Rambo at NBC.

On Franklin:

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and the Cowboys taking a running back in the 2013 NFL Draft. Lance Dunbar is a nice No. 3, but there’s no doubt that Dallas is going to be adding another running back to their roster prior to the start of the season. UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin will be on their radar.

Scouting Report

Franklin was a highly-productive player in four years at UCLA, averaging 5.6 YPC and scoring 34 total touchdowns during his career. Franklin really shined as a senior in 2012 with 1,734 yards and 15 total touchdowns.

Franklin is an extremely well-rounded player who can do a whole lot of things really well. He’s obviously got running ability—both inside and out. He catches the ball out of the backfield, as his 33 receptions in 2012 indicate. He’s good in pass protection, even at his 5-10, 205-pound frame. And most important, Franklin can take any touch to the house.

The whole Franklin scouting report is at Dallas News.

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