BIO: Saw extensive action the past three seasons in Texas Tech's passing offense, finishing his senior campaign with 75/1,177/9 after 50/632/7 as a junior. Sprinter on the Tech indoor and outdoor track team.
POSITIVES: Explosive receiver with the speed to continually stretch defenses deep. Fluid releasing off the line, quickly gets to top speed and translates his track and field sprinter abilities onto the football field. Gets deep separation and extends to make the long reception running full tilt. Looks the pass in, works to get open and makes the difficult catch on third down. Aggressive position blocker that attacks assignments. Ran well at the Combine averaging a 4.33 in the 40.
NEGATIVES: Lacks timing and has difficulty reaching backwards to catch the errant throw. More comfortable clutching the pass against his frame rather than snatching it out of the air. Has difficulty battling bigger opponents and slowed by the jam off the line of scrimmage.
ANALYSIS: A true speed merchant and one of the faster receivers in this draft, Francis has the abilities to change the game's momentum with a single long reception. Benefited from playing in a pass happy offense in college and needs to polish off his overall game but speed alone makes him worth a middle-round choice.