SELECTED BY OAKLAND , ROUND 4, PICK 3, OVERALL PICK 99
WR | (5'9", 198, 4.31) | Texas Tech | COLLEGE STATS
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Comments: Francis has great initial quickness, can get open quickly. Excellent top-end speed. Good body control and can adjust to balls in the air. Reliable hands, can catch balls away from his frame. Good concentration while ball is airborne, can make tough over-the-shoulder catches. Can make catches in stride and does a good job of securing the ball quickly. Good elusiveness after the catch and can turn short gains into big plays. Is undersized. Bigger corners will have success muscling him out of routes. Lacks technique getting off the line. Lacks leaping ability in vertical game. Doesn't run great routes, tends to round cuts. Doesn't show much intensity as a blocker and catches defenders rather than attacking them. Doesn't fight for extra yards, would rather run out of bounds than take hits. Has no experience in the return game and might lack the fearlessness to be effective in this role. Redshirted in 1999 following an early-season knee injury, slowed by hamstring problems in 2002 -- so durability is an issue. Francis had 77 receptions for 1,177 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. He was extremely productive throughout his collegiate career but his production is deceiving because of the pass-happy offense in which he played. Francis rarely drops passes and he has some big-play ability because of his explosive speed and quickness. However, he must be more aggressive. Francis lacks good route-running skills, and he will have some problems creating separation in the NFL as a result. Francis has potential in the return game, but he lacks experience. Francis will never be more than a sub-package receiver because of his size, but his speed and experience make him an intriguing mid-round prospect. * Player biographies are provided by Scouts Inc.