With just a few months until the 2021 NFL Draft, many players are searching for opportunities to improve their draft stock. The first opportunity took place over the weekend in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl. College prospects traveled to Mobile to showcase their talent in a week of practice and a final all-star game between the National and American teams. This year’s event featured some of college football’s elite, including Najee Harris, Kadarius Toney, Ian Book, and many others.
Quarterback Felipe Franks made the trip to Mobile to represent Arkansas and show off the strong-arm Razorback fans grew accustomed to in 2020.
Franks received praise for his quarterback abilities and love for the game during Senior Bowl activities:
Offensive Winners today from the #SeniorBowl— AJ Torres (@ajtorres1230) January 30, 2021
UNC RB Michael Carter
NDSU OT Dillon Radunz
Louisville WR Desmond Fitzpatrick
Arkansas QB Felipe Franks
South Carolina WR Shi Smith
Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond
Clemson WR Amari Rodgers
Florida WR Trevin Grimes
I've been attending the @seniorbowl for 20 years. As much as the game itself, enjoy watching how players do (or don't) interact with fans & staff. It can show their character + respect for the game. #TheDraftStartsInMobile— George Talbot (@georgetalbot) January 30, 2021
During Saturday’s game, Franks received his opportunity to make an impact during the second half. Franks connected with Ole Miss tight end Kenny Yeboah for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to clinch a National team victory.
Franks will now prepare for the NFL combine and the Arkansas Pro Day to further increase his stock before April’s draft. The Razorbacks will miss the strong-armed senior leader who assisted Sam Pittman and his staff in making a quick turnaround during the 2020 season. The Florida grad-transfer finished the season with 2,107 passing yards for 17 touchdowns and only four interceptions. A quarterback battle featuring KJ Jefferson and Malik Hornsby will soon kick off on the Hill to solidify Franks’ predecessor.