ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As the Broncos' offseason conditioning program kicked off Monday,
Left guard, excited to learn and improve this offseason. I will give it my all— Orlando Franklin (@OFranklin74) April 21, 2014
Franklin has started 47 regular-season and six postseason games to this point in his three-year career, all of which have come at right tackle.
However, he played three of his four seasons at the University of Miami at left guard. In fact, at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, Franklin said he felt as if he could be "a beast at guard."
If the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Franklin is penciled in at the left guard spot previously held by now-Jacksonville Jaguar Zane Beadles, the Broncos' starting offensive line could look like:
Left guard: Orlando Franklin (15-game starter at right tackle in 2013)
Of course, nothing is set in stone.
Head Coach John Fox said as much during the NFL owners meetings last month when asked whether he was concerned about the interior of the offensive line.
“We’ve got some options," he said. "We’ve got Ryan Clady back. That makes us better instantly. I know we lost Zane and we wish him nothing but the best. We may move somebody. You have young guys that have shown promise. There is
Since then, the Broncos also signed free-agent center Will Montgomery, who played in 77 of a possible 80 games for the Washington Redskins from 2009-2013. He started every game for each of the past three seasons, and for his career, 46 of his starts have come at center, 10 at right guard and seven at left guard.
"You have to be flexible when you can only suit up seven (offensive linemen) per game at five positions," Fox said. "We’ll work a million combinations."
If Franklin's tweet is any indication, some of those combinations may include the fourth-year pro at left guard.
But, as Fox said last month, it will remain up in the air "until we suit them up again and start practicing and evaluate them."