2018 NFL Draft

A.J. Francis, DT

School: Maryland  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Severn, MD
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 309 lbs.
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05/03/2013 - Dolphins Sign 19 Undrafted College Free Agents...DT - A.J. FRANCIS (6-0, 309, 5/7/90, Maryland): Appeared in 49 career games with 35 starts ... Recorded 149 tackles (61 solo), 19.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed and three blocked kicks. - MiamiDolphins.com

04/08/2013 - 2013 Maryland Pro Day: A.J. Francis, DT (6-5, 309) - Francis ran the 40 in 5.21 and 5.19 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.58 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.45 seconds. He also performed 24 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Francis is a possible rookie free-agent pickup following the 2013 NFL Draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: DE-A.J. Francis, Sr.-R, Maryland (4), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. Francis had 43 tackles on the year, including nine for a loss and four sacks. He also had three fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. - Maryland football

12/01/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): A.J. Francis (Maryland), de (12)...has been named Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Francis had 43 tackles on the year, including nine for a loss and four sacks. He also had three fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. - Maryland football

09/10/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: Maryland's defense was stout on third down, holding the Owls to just four conversions in 15 attempts. Temple was 1-for-2 on fourth down, too. It was Maryland's ability to stymie the Temple running game (52 yards in 39 rushes) that set the stage for that success. There was improvement in the pass defense, too, though the Owls still took wing to make a couple of big plays. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We knew after last year with the way they ran the ball on us, they were going to come out and try to run the ball down our throat. Our goal all week was to stop the run. Even third-and-long drills we anticipated the run all week. We wanted to make sure that the same kind of mistakes we made last year, we wouldn't make them again." -- Senior DE A.J. Francis, after Maryland held Temple to 52 yards rushing, 233 yards less than in last season's meeting. - The Sports Xchange

06/18/2012 - Top-five Maryland prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. DT A.J. Francis (6-5, 305)...Although he was only a part-time starter last season, Francis might be the linchpin to Maryland's transition to a 3-4 defense in 2012. The big 305-pounder is expected to command the nose tackle spot in the middle of new defensive coordinator Brian Stewart's scheme, a not-so-easy task. After committing to the Terrapins as a high school junior, Francis started 10 games as a redshirt freshman, followed by his best season in 2010 as a sophomore, recording 44 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was in and out of the line-up last season as a junior, making only four starts and finishing 13th on the team in tackles. However, Francis is expected to become a more integral part of the Maryland defense in 2012. The coaches admitted that he wasn't used correctly last season, asking him to do things that weren't his strengths. Francis went as far as to say during spring practices that he felt the last three months were so much better than the previous 15 because of the cohesion and design of the defense. Whether or not the change in formations will help his draft stock, Francis is definitely an underrated player to watch in 2012. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com