Is Frank Gore Jr. related to Frank Gore? How Southern Miss RB compares to famous father

Like father, like son.

Frank Gore Jr. has the bloodlines to sneak into the NFL, but does he have the talent to stick around? The Southern Miss product faces an uphill battle heading into the 2024 NFL Draft, and it’s widely projected that he’ll find himself on the outside looking in.

The three star recruit in 2020 ultimately enrolled with the Golden Eagles after receiving offers from Florida Atlantic, Chattanooga, and Kentucky. After four years on campus and back-to-back seasons with at least 1,300 scrimmage yards, he’s setting his sights on the pros.

How does Gore Jr. compare to his father and what does his NFL future look like? Here’s what you need to know about the son of the legendary running back.

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Frank Gore Jr. 40 time

Gore Jr. didn’t participate in any of the traditional events at the NFL Combine, but he did do so at his pro day. 

He ran the same unofficial 40-yard dash time as his father and managed to stay fairly close to those numbers in the vertical and broad jumps. Here’s how the side-by-side comparison looks with those known results:

Combine event Frank Gore Jr. Frank Gore
40-yard dash 4.58 seconds 4.58 seconds
Vertical jump 29 inches 34 inches
Broad jump 9 foot, 3 inch 9 foot, 1 inch
3-cone drill 6.91 seconds
20-yard shuttle 4.11 seconds

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Frank Gore Jr. scouting report

In a league where speed has become a top priority, Gore noticeably lacks it. His 4.58 40-yard dash leaves plenty to be desired, especially when offensive linemen haven’t been far off from that number.

Evaluators find themselves concerned with that lack of burst and home run ability, meaning that Gore’s upside is limited. He is more likely to play the change-of-pace role rather than find himself atop the depth chart.

Those concerns are seemingly shared across the board by evaluators, but they do enjoy Gore’s ability to read blocks and find running lanes. His strength, durability, and toughness make up for the undersized player, who also has potential as a receiver out of the backfield.

He projects as a player who likely ends up signing as an undrafted free agent, giving him a chance to make his mark during training camp and the preseason. As with most players, he can be a factor as long as he ends up in the right system.

Frank Gore Jr. stats

Year School Games Rush Att Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Scrimmage Yds
2019 Southern Miss 10 121 708 2 9 97 1 805
2020 Southern Miss 12 179 801 5 20 155 0 956
2021 Southern Miss 13 228 1382 9 19 219 0 1601
2022 Southern Miss 12 231 1131 10 27 221 3 1352

Frank Gore Jr. mock draft

Whether Gore can sneak into the draft remains to be seen, since mock drafts have him ranked all over the place. In what hasn’t been a great year for running back prospects, the position was shut out during the first round.

He is largely seen as a sixth- or seventh-round prospect, at best. Here’s where some mock drafts have him going:


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