Jake Fromm – Part 1 – College Evaluation

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Jake Fromm, Georgia, QB

Jake Fromm is surely one name you will hear called from the podium in Vegas in the NFL Draft in April. After quarterbacking 42 games in his college career and amassing nearly 8,000 passing yards (excluding the Sugar Bowl, yet to be played at the time of publishing), the 6′ 2″ signal caller has a future in the NFL. However, does he have the traits necessary to be a long-time starter in the league, or is he destined to be a career backup?

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 07: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the second half against the LSU Tigers during the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Athletic Ability: 5.7/10

While Fromm is the definition of a prototypical ‘pocket passer’ (he has totaled just over 50 yards in his college career), he did show some wiggle in the pocket and does not appear to have feet that are sunk in concrete blocks when maneuvering in the pocket. While not a strength, this is not an area that will specifically hold him back from being successful in the NFL.

Toughness: 6.6/10

Again, since Fromm does not often scramble, you don’t see many instances of him breaking tackles. However, he did show that he was willing to stay in the pocket and take a hit while delivering a pass. Each of the Rotoheat rankers rated Fromm at above-average in this area, scoring him either a six or seven rating.

Pocket Presence: 6.8/10

As we get into more quarterback-specific competencies, Fromm came in at a respectable 6.8/10 in pocket presence. There were not many instances where Fromm eluded pass-rushers with pure agility, but he was able to feel pressure and know when to get rid of the ball. Unfortunately, this led to some accuracy issues that we will touch on later. While in the pocket, Fromm also did well reading defenses and making correct reads for the most part.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 07: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass in the first half against the LSU Tigers during the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Arm Strength: 6.4/10

Continuing the theme of above average, if not spectacular, Fromm did not impress with his arm strength, and this is something that may limit his upside at the next level. There were instances where he was able to get the ball from the far hash mark across the field to his receiver with enough zip on it that the defensive back could not undercut it for an interception, but most of his passing attempts were short to intermediate in length, especially this past season. Fromm’s Average Yard per Passing Attempt dropped to 7.4 in 2019, down from 9.6 and 10.1 the two previous seasons, respectively. While Fromm’s arm was ‘good enough’ but in the NFL, he may struggle to push the ball downfield in a vertical offense. Fromm is a better West Coast offense fit than trying to command a vertical offense.

Accuracy: 7.9/10

When it comes to passing accuracy, the team more or less agreed that this was an area that Fromm excelled in. As previously mentioned, Fromm did operate mostly in the short to intermediate ranges and did so well. He often was able to lead his receivers and hit them in stride, keeping the ball away from defenders. This is evidenced in his low interception numbers in his college career, throwing a pick on less than two percent of his pass attempts. However, his passing accuracy seemed to dwindle the further the pass traveled, which may go back to his lack of elite arm strength. Fromm also had a bad habit of throwing off of his back foot while falling backwards when being pressured, which more often than not will spell trouble in the NFL.