After a disappointing 2019 season for Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, many expected him to return for his senior season. The junior signal-caller, however, announced on his Twitter that he is entering the 2020 NFL Draft.
Name: Jake Fromm
Weight: 220 pounds
Career Stats (43 Games): 8236 passing yards, 78 passing touchdowns, 18 interceptions, 63.3% completion percentage, 40 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns
2019 Stats (14 games): 2860 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 60.8% completion percentage, -12 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
Games Watched: 2018: Florida, Alabama 2019: Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Baylor
Strengths: Fromm is everything you want in a franchise signal-caller above the shoulders. He has the leadership, poise, and decision-making. Fromm is a great representative of the Georgia football program and always handles himself in a respectful and mature manner. He is a public relations department’s dream quarterback.
As for on the field, Fromm does a great job of getting the ball to his playmakers in space with great accuracy and touch. He is one of the best in 2020 NFL Draft at moving through progressions and getting the ball to the open guy.
Pre-snap, he can check the play at the line-of-scrimmage and put his offense in the best position to succeed. He understands defenses so well for a young quarterback and will rely on his football IQ to pick apart defenses at the next level.
He is at his best working within the first 10 yards of the field. His accuracy in the short areas of the field is superb. He really understands the concept of ball placement and using his target’s body as leverage away from the defender.
Whether it’s flat routes, curls, drags, or swing routes by his running back, Fromm does a great job of giving his guy the ball with excellent touch and timing to let them earn yardage after the catch.
Weaknesses: Fromm isn’t a great athlete overall. If tasked to escape the pocket, Fromm doesn’t pose as a threat with his legs. In the pocket, he doesn’t have the quickest feet to slide around within the pocket against pressure.
His lower-body struggles to be consistent in his throwing mechanics. He tends to fall away from where he’s throwing the ball which doesn’t help his arm strength.
Fromm’s most notable weakness is his lack of arm talent. He doesn’t help his deficiency with his poor lower body mechanics, but the ability to zip the ball in tight windows just isn’t there. Because of his poor arm strength, Fromm is unable to throwing guys open and relies on his playmakers to get separation to find success.
Decision Making: 9/10
Pocket Presence: 6.5/10
Arm Strength: 4/10
Short/Mid Accuracy: 9/10
Deep Accuracy: 6/10
Out of Structure: 5/10
Film Grade: 6.5 (2nd Round Film Grade)
Best Film: Notre Dame ’19
Worst Film: South Carolina ’19
Best Trait: Decision-Making/Progressions
Worst Trait: Arm Strength/Mechanics
Summary: Jake Fromm is highly-criticized by some for his lack of arm strength, but his intangibles and football IQ more than neutralize that concern. Fromm plays the position like a veteran by dissecting defenses pre-snap and making good decisions with the football.
He is at his best when he can get the ball out quick to his playmakers in space and allow them the ability to get yards after the catch. Offenses in need of a stable and consistent quarterback with weapons already in place will like what they can get from Fromm.
He found success throughout his career at Georgia by allowing the offense to run through the rushing game and have him play a “game-manager” type role where he took care of the football and gave his weapons’ the football.
Fromm struggled this season with the turnover at the skill positions they had at Georgia. His inexperienced wide receiving core didn’t give Fromm the windows he was used to throwing to.
When he developed chemistry with George Pickens towards the end of the season, we started to see a more dynamic offense that posed more of a threat in the passing game. Fromm will need to be surrounded by talent that can create windows to throw to for him to find lasting success in the NFL.
I expect Fromm to be drafted anywhere from the late 1st round to the late 2nd round in the 2020 NFL Draft. Going to a team that has a veteran presence at the quarterback position for Fromm to learn from early-on will be beneficial in his growth and development into an NFL quarterback.
A landing spot like the New England Patriots or Los Angeles Chargers could be great for the former Georgia quarterback.