From ‘Last Chance U’ to the NFL: Bears to sign John Franklin, III

The Chicago Bears will sign Florida Atlantic wide receiver John Franklin, III, to a rookie contract after the star of the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U stood out during the team’s rookie minicamp this Authentic Mathieu Perreault Jersey weekend.
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Penny wasn’t getting a lot of first-round buzz heading into the draft, but the Seahawks obviously liked his playing style. He is a strong back (5’11, 220 lbs) with enough burst (4.46) and wiggle to make guys miss in space. Penny isn’t much of a home run hitter, but he’ll batter defenses and has the durability to do it for four quarters.

Game Kids Michael Pierce Jersey Last season, Penny carried the ball 289 times for 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Penny probably reminded the Seahawks brass a lot of Marshawn Lynch鈥攁nd he’ll serve a similar role. He’ll give Seattle a reliable option in short-yardage situations, will keep defenses honest and will give the offense a way to grind out games when ahead.

Mailata, 21, is the Eagles’ most popular draft pick, a seventh rounder, and he’s never played a down of organized football in his life. He’s from Australia with a background in rugby. In January he decided to move stateside to train and become a football player. That was four months ago.

After he was somewhat surprisingly drafted at pick No.聽233 last month — the Eagles traded up聽17 picks just to get him, too — Mailata was asked by a media member how much he knew about football.

Peanuts, he said.

The Eagles made an investment in Mailata, and it makes sense, even without the inherent football package. The Eagles understood Mailata would be a project, but it was one worth undertaking. Mailata is 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds with, apparently, ridiculous athleticism for his size. Videos of him playing聽rugby against Australian men half his size went viral after the draft.

Mailata聽became a sensation overnight. That was nearly three weeks ago.

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