Green Bay Packers rookie running back Jonathan Franklin has a unique nickname-The Mayor.

His goal was to fall in love with the town where he hoped to play his entire career. And when his career was over, he would run for mayor of Green Bay-and win.

Franklin had expressed an interest in a political future while still at UCLA, talking about becoming mayor of his hometown Los Angeles after his playing career was over. A lofty goal for someone who had  just a few months prior graduated from college.

But for now, Franklin needs to work on becoming an impact player on the Packers, not worrying nearly as much about his post football career, and much more about his current profession.

Franklin has done very little since Training Camp began to show why Ted Thompson traded up to grab him in the fourth round of April’s draft. His hope of becoming “Mayor” having been replaced with him simply making the Packers roster to start the 2013 season.

Including the Family Night Scrimmage, Franklin has carried the ball 16 times for 40 yards. A mere 2.5 yards per carry.

One anonymous scout had a less than positive review of Franklin thus far in his NFL career:

 “If you didn’t know he was a draft pick, you’d think he was a free agent.”

Far from impressive for a player who many had hopes of teaming with fellow rookie Eddie Lacy to form the Packers running back tandem for years to come.

Franklin has two preseason games left to find the spark that made him such a productive player at UCLA-the spark that enabled him to become the school’s all time leading rusher.

This video is the reason the Packers drafted him this Spring:



His rookie campaign needs help ASAP, and the time for him to gain votes of confidence from those that really matter-Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy-is quickly coming to an end.



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