Cream City Central 2020 NFL Prospects: Jake Fromm

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Our next prospect is Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm.  There have been rumors that he could return to Georgia for his Senior year, but Fromm is one of the most talented QB prospects in this draft, and whoever grabs him if he enters this year, will definitely have their next successor.  

Strengths 

Sam Dehring 

Jake Fromm to me is the most NFL-ready QB in this draft solely due to the fact that he has shown consistency playing in a conference that is the most similar to the NFL. Consistency is key for the Quarterback position, and that will definitely separate him from other QBs like Joe Burrow or Jacob Eason in this draft class.

He also does a tremendous job throwing on the run and looks like the most poised QB in this draft that has shown up in clutch situations.  Fromm has a completion percentage of just over 63% since taking over for Jacob Eason, who transferred to Washington.

The mobility of Fromm has improved every year. He stays patient in the pocket and does not make sloppy decisions when put under deep pressure. He is also another QB like Justin Herbert that has solid arm strength and accuracy.

Lastly, Fromm also shows a great amount of leadership, something that will be a key factor for any NFL team picking their next successor. 

These next two years are going to have a very impressive QB class. If Jake Fromm does intend to return to Georgia for his Senior year, he will not disappoint anyone, but he certainly has a lot of strengths to him already that some of today’s NFL QBs lack. 

Josh Amacher

Jake Fromm is one of my favorite guys in this draft class. Not only because he was featured in Netflix’s “QB1”, but also because he has poise, he is experienced, and he can play in big games. I think his biggest strength is the fact that he has led Georgia’s football team to a D1 powerhouse. Not that Georgia wasn’t successful prior to Fromm’s arrival, it’s that he has consistently held a high standard there, something that will force NFL scouts to take note. 

I see Fromm as a natural quarterback. Really. Not a guy who was thrown into the mix, or a converted QB. I see a guy who has all of the fundamentals down, makes consistent throws, and can show up in big games. The pro style offense that he commands is a huge advantage. Even if NFL offensive coordinators are adapting more than ever before (hint, they really are) Fromm looks pro ready. 

Christian John

Jake Fromm is a guy who’s played on the biggest of stages. He’s been there and played against the best college football has to offer. Just like Tua we know Fromm won’t flinch in big situations. He has tremendous poise and never gets too high or too low. 

Fromm also has an advantage over a guy like Justin Herbert because of the pro style offense he plays in. Fromm will be ahead of that learning curve. He’s done well to learn and fit into the offense each year at Georgia. 

Lastly Fromm shows good accuracy. At Georgia he has worked with many talented playmakers. He’s done well to get them the ball in stride or with room to work and make something happen. He understands that the best way to be successful is to make the right read and set the playmakers up for success. 

Greg Williams

Fromm is a talented quarterback in this heavy group of quarterbacks, so there’s a big chance he doesn’t get as much attention compared to Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert. Throughout his collegiate career Fromm has proved himself to be an intelligent quarterback, especially on the biggest stages in elite competition in the SEC and College Football Playoffs. Fromm processes the coverage well, finds the favorable matchup and makes good decisions.

Fromm makes some really exciting throws. The accuracy down the field from the Georgia quarterback is great and it makes it better that he’s very consistent with placing the ball to where his receiver can make the play. Fromm has the most impressive resume out of all the quarterbacks as he saw action as a true freshman and he held his own. 

Quin

Fromm has two things to me that make him a potential first round pick: Experience and his brain as a decision maker. He played three full years in the SEC, a conference where you are truly thrown into the fire and he was thrown right off the bat as a true-freshman. In those three years he helped a Georgia Bulldog team that won a Rose Bowl going toe-to-toe with Baker Mayfield as a true-freshman, almost win a National Championship, went to a Sugar Bowl and has consistently been a Top-10 team the entirety he’s been starting. He’s battle-hardened and he can lead his team to victory in big games when the quarterback is needed. Also his experience of running pro-style offense, and making reads and adjustments is a huge plus. 

Fromm is an excellent, methodical decision maker showing great poise as a passer. For three years has thrown 75 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions while maintaining a 63.5% completion average. His pocket presence and ability to fool defenders with his eyes is also at a high-level. 

 

Weaknesses

Sam Dehring

One weakness that stands out to me for Jake Fromm is his body frame. He has small hands, measuring at 8.75 inches. The average NFL quarterback hand size is 9 7/8 inches, which is Kirk Cousins. Having small hands for a quarterback could be a problem because it can get in the way of your technique. Sam Darnold currently has the smallest hands as an NFL QB, measuring at 9 3/8, just shy of the average. This will be something teams will have to utilize around, but can be easily fixable.

Fromm also does not have much of an impact on the ground game, recording only 4 yards this season.  This is something today’s NFL scouts look for in a quarterback like Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson. However, Georgia is known for producing running backs like Todd Gurley, Sony Michel and now D’Andre Swift, hence the name “Running Back University (RBU)”, so Georgia is known for having a run-heavy offense. Watching how well Fromm can transition into that role depending on where he lands will be something to watch for.  

Josh Amacher 

His biggest weakness is his inability to throw a solid, hard football. He is accurate, but he can’t quite push that ball hard enough to match the likes of Derek Carr or Patrick Mahomes. He isn’t the quickest quarterback either. You’re not going to see Fromm moving around like Lamar Jackson, or even extend many plays like Aaron Rodgers. He seems like a solid pocket passer, something that an NFL OC will have to work with.  

Christian John

Fromm will be overlooked going into this draft. He’s not quite as accurate as Joe Burrow. He doesn’t have the arm strength of Justin Herbert. He also isn’t as well known as Tua. If he enters into this draft one of his biggest weaknesses is that he won’t have a truly standout trait like other prospects. 

Fromm is also very much a pocket passer. He isn’t a factor in the run game and you don’t often see him making off script plays. The NFL is starting to look more to those mobile type quarterbacks and Fromm will have to prove that he can extend plays. 

Greg Williams

Even though Fromm is accurate, he doesn’t have the greatest arm strength. I would rate the arm strength as average. The velocity of the football out of his hand isn’t concerning, but it’s not ideal. Fromm can hit throws in the run, but he isn’t going to be effective with his mobility. Unlike Tagovailoa, Burrow and Herbert, Fromm hasn’t proven consistently to scramble around and keep a play alive. 

Mechanic-wise, I’m not a fan. Fromm likes to throw flag-footed, which is a reason why his arm strength is always in question. Fromm isn’t using that hip thrust to generate enough velocity on the ball. Fromm does have a tendency to hold onto the ball for too long, which is strange for a quarterback that doesn’t rely on his athleticism to keep a play alive or scramble around. He doesn’t put Georgia into bad situations, but something to keep an eye on.

Quin Voet

Fromm’s biggest negative as far as his appeal is the quarterback class he’s in. He’s an excellent decision maker, but his pocket mobility, athleticism and arm-strength are below-average at best. When you have quarterbacks like Burrow, Tua and Herbert in the same draft, that doesn’t set him apart when he doesn’t have as many tools as those guys. He’s a great leader, battle-tested, and smart, but he’s not above the level of those three. 

In college, his lack of speed running and throwing isn’t too much of a problem but in the NFL, speedy pass-rushers and secondaries will give him nightmares, unless he develops, or until he gets a feel for them.

 

Draft Projection: Jake Fromm is day one talent no doubt, but who will be the lucky team to give him the call on draft day?  

 Sam Dehring

As much as I like Justin Herbert, I think Jake Fromm is the second best quarterback in this draft behind Joe Burrow, and is a day one starter for several teams including the Titans and the Buccaneers.  Fromm should be the second QB off the board, barring Tua’s hip injury.  

Josh Amacher

Fromm is going to be selected in the first two rounds, if not the first. I see him going in the first round ahead of Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Fromm has name and school recognition. It won’t be hard for a team to jump on him.  

Christian John

Fromm is yet another guy who could be a first round pick. And will definitely be selected early in the 2nd if he falls. He has all of the elements to be a franchise type quarterback. Besides Burrow, Fromm may be the most NFL-ready QB in this draft and could make sense for teams with aging or question mark quarterbacks. Such as the Chargers with Phillip Rivers pending free agency or the Panthers with the uncertainty of Cam Newton.

Greg Williams

This is going to be the best quarterback draft class that we will probably ever see. Burrow, Tagovailoa and Herbert are top-15 caliber draft picks, so Fromm is going to slide under the radar for a few teams. Fromm is still good enough to get drafted in the first round, but I would keep an eye on him during the later picks. Teams like the Packers, Patriots, etc. could use a guy like Fromm to be the successor to their Hall of Fame quarterbacks. We’ve already seen it with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, it could happen again, especially in a deep and talented quarterback class.

Quin Voet

Unless a team takes a risk on Jalen Hurts, Fromm will probably be the fourth quarterback taken either going in the late-first or early-second. As far as team’s wanting an instant starter who they can throw to the wolves and think and perceive (since he did the same as a true-freshman), Miami is ideal since they have two late first-rounders and an early-second.  Jacksonville and Tennessee are also potential landing-spots in the late teens-early twenties area.

Though thought to be NFL-ready, Fromm would be perfect as a future franchise-guy role who can sit and learn from the best. In the late first that leaves Green Bay, New Orleans, and New England. If any of those teams are thinking of addressing a future need rather than an instant one, and he’s still available, Fromm could enjoy the same luxury that Aaron Rodgers did at the start of his career.

 

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