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Bucs Draft Profile: Quarterback, Jake Fromm

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Taking a look at one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in Georgia Bulldog history.

Allstate Sugar Bowl - Baylor v Georgia
Fromm led the Bulldogs to their first championship appearance in decades.
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Drafting quarterbacks can be tricky. There is so much that goes into determining whether or not a player will be successful in the league and the slightest hangup could derail a career.

That’s a pretty scary proposition, but fortunately, our next draft profile prospect is not one to scare easily.

It’s time to meet Jake Fromm.

Jake Fromm’s Collegiate Career

Fromm was recruited of Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Georgia. He was rated as a four-star prospect via 247Sports Composite Rankings and was considered the third-best pro-style quarterback in the country at the time.

He decided that the Georgia Bulldogs would be the best fit. The Bulldogs already had five-star prospect Jacob Eason penciled in as the starter, but a knee injury in the season opener against Appalachian State pushed Fromm into the starting spotlight.

The rest is history. As a true freshman, Fromm led the Bulldogs to a SEC Championship and an appearance in the national championship game, where they would eventually lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide. He finished with the third-most passing yards in a single season (2,692) by a UGA freshman quarterback and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and was also named to the Freshman All-American Team by ESPN and USA Today.

Fromm went on to start all 14 games the next year as a true sophomore. He finished the year as the fifth-most efficient quarterback in the country and was a semifinalist for the Davy O’Brien and Manning awards, which are given out to the nation’s top quarterback.

2019 was considered a “step back” for Fromm despite throwing for a career-high 2,860 yards in a season and a career-low five interceptions in a season. He threw 24 touchdowns, which tied for the same amount during his freshman year. This was all accomplished without Jim Chaney, Fromm’s offensive coordinator from two years prior.

He decided to declare for the NFL Draft after his junior year. His 8,224 career passing yards are fourth on UGA’s all-time list, his 78 touchdowns rank second all-time, and he’s fourth and fifth all-time - respectively - in terms of career completions and attempts. Fromm also finished with a 36-6 record as a starter.

Pros

Fromm excels when it comes to the mental aspect of the game. He played in a pro-style offense for three years at Georgia, so he is familiar with that particular type of system.

He’s a pure pocket passer who can see the field better than most of the other prospects coming out of this year’s draft. The kid can make the proper pre-snap reads and post-snap adjustments to help keep his offense on the field. When it comes to timing and ball placement, Fromm can get it done there, too.

Mobility certainly isn’t a strength, but Fromm is what I like to call an “advantageous scrambler”, which means that he knows how to move the chains with his legs when he needs to.

You can’t rattle him, either. He will stand tall in the pocket and deliver a pass with guys in his face. If you’re ever down by a big score, you won’t see any quit from the former Bulldog. In fact, there is a chance he may actually lead a comeback.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein said the following about Fromm:

Heady quarterback who is light on physical traits but sees the game like a pro signal-caller most of the time. Fromm has big-game experience and proved to be a worthy challenger against Alabama as a freshman and sophomore. He’s a full-field reader who has shown a consistent ability to change plays and make smart pre- and post-snap decisions. Arm strength is a concern, and that concern may be exacerbated if his ball placement and timing aren’t more consistent. He’s an intelligent game-manager whose range is good backup to middling starter, but he will be scheme- and skill-position-needy at the next level.

Cons

If you’ve followed Fromm’s career and his draft evaluations, then you know the biggest concern is his arm strength, or lack thereof.

It’s not like Fromm has a wacky wavy inflatable arm flailing tube man as an arm, but there’s room to worry about whether or not he can make the needed throws at the next level on a consistent basis.

He’s also not very good at throwing on the move. His processing speed and anticipation should help offset these issues, but unfortunately, these aren’t issues you can coach away. These are physical issues that can only be corrected by nature itself.

Fromm’s NFL success will depend upon the system he plays in and the talent that surrounds him.

Why The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Need Jake Fromm

The Bucs have Tom Brady as their starting quarterback, but they currently have two other quarterbacks in Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin on the roster. Gabbert, while not the best option, has extensive experience in Bruce Arians’ system and Griffin managed to get on the field in a limited capacity in 2019.

So, it may not seem like the Bucs need Fromm, but then again, Brady will turn 43-years-old during the season, Gabbert is a backup at best, and Griffin has never started a game in the NFL. If Brady were to go down, it could spell disaster for the Bucs in 2020 (and even 2021 depending on the severity of the injury).

It may not be a bad idea for the Bucs to spend a third-round pick on a quarterback like Fromm. He could serve as a viable backup in case of injury and could possibly even become a starter down the road.

He has the mental tools to succeed in Arians’ system, but obviously, the arm strength is a concern.

Should It Happen?

If the Bucs do decide to draft Fromm, then it will be a move for the future, not the present. The good news is that he will likely be a Day 2 or a Day 3 pick, so it’s not like the Bucs will have to make a heavy investment.

Regardless, what do YOU think? Should the Bucs draft Jake Fromm? Let us know in the poll/comments below!!

Poll

How Do You Feel About Jake Fromm For The Buccaneers In The 2020 NFL Draft?

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  • 8%
    Draft Him No Matter What
    (30 votes)
  • 5%
    Trade Back Candidate
    (19 votes)
  • 49%
    I Wouldn’t Mind It
    (175 votes)
  • 24%
    There Are Better Options
    (86 votes)
  • 13%
    Nope
    (47 votes)
357 votes total Vote Now