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Jonathan Franklin's predecessors


There has been some talk of drafting UCLA's Jonathan Franklin, RB. The last time the Bengals drafted a RB from UCLA it was Eric Ball.

So i thought i'd look at the amazing run of talent that UCLA has churned out at the RB position in the two and a half decades since Eric Ball.

name drafted games att yards yards / att career td yards / game
Eric Ball 1989 97 158 586 3.7 8 6
Mel Farr 1989 1 - - - - -
Kevin Williams 1993 3 - - - - -
Karim Abdul-Jabbar 1996 61 1004 3411 3.4 33 55.9
Skip Hicks 1998 38 285 1109 3.9 13 29.2
Craig Walendy 2000 12 - - - - -
Ed Stansbury 2002 1 - - - - -
DeShaun Foster 2002 79 927 3570 3.9 11 45.2
Maurice Jones Drew 2006 99 1570 7268 4.6 63 73.4
Kahlil Bell 2009 24 148 633 4.3 0 26.4

With a fair number of 2nd and 3rd round selection in that grouping, it is clearly a staggering collection of talent, to say the least.

As they say on the commercials, past success is no indicator of future results, so Jonathan Franklin may not turn out to be the next MJD (very unlikely), or another Skip Hicks or Eric Ball, or Jonathan Franklin may just turn out to be another Kevin Williams or Mel Farr.

Sometimes schools just do a good job cranking out solid players at one position or another. If that holds true, I'm wondering what that means for Jonathan Franklin.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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