Two key pieces to UCLA’s 2012 plans – junior running back Johnathan Franklin and junior defensive end Datone Jones – said they would evaluate their futures next week, as both are considering the NFL Draft.
Franklin narrowly missed a second-straight 1,000-yard season, finishing with 976 yards on 166 carries with five touchdowns, while Jones was plagued by inconsistency and finished with just three sacks and 6.5 tackles-for-loss.
“I’m not really sure what I’m going to do, to tell you the truth,” Jones said. “There’s a big chance I may come back. I don’t really know yet. I’m just being honest. It would be in my favor to come back, but I think I can make it, and we’ve got guys on the next level.”
Jones said that he expects to receive his draft evaluation next week, but Franklin said he did not file for his evaluation.
“I got God,” the devout Franklin said. “Only God knows. If I do leave and have a good combine or pro day and everything will fall into place.”