Orlando Franklin has NFL dreams

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS — Kelowna native and Baylor offensive tackle Danny Watkins is doing the bulk of the Canadian flag waving here at the NFL Scouting Combine, but there is another highly touted player with Canadian ties.

Miami offensive tackle Orlando Franklin (6-foot-7, 315 pounds) was born in Jamaica, but immigrated to Canada at a young age. In his late teens he went to Florida to enhance his pro football dreams.

Franklin began playing football with the Scarborough Thunder before moving on to Florida.

He said this week none of it would have been possible without his mom.

“I got a great mom (in Sylvia Allen). She left me in Jamaica when I was 2 years old. She moved to Canada, got her papers and got legally situated. A year later, I was flying up to Canada after she filed for us (to immigrate). When I was about 15 years old, I told my mom I wanted to play football and I thought Florida would be the best place for me, and the best opportunity for me to do that. She ups and quits her job, moves down here and, a year later, I’m down in Florida. I got a great mom that will do anything to see her children succeed. She’s definitely been there for me for 100% and I wouldn’t be anywhere without her.”

Franklin is expected to be a late second-round or early third-round pick in the draft.


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