2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Jake Fromm, Buffalo Bills

Jesse Pantuosco
April 25, 2020 - 3:13 pm

After a longer than expected wait, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm finally came off the board on Day 3, joining the Buffalo Bills with the 167th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here's all you need to know about Josh Allen's new backup:

Not too long ago, Fromm appeared ticketed for NFL stardom. A highly sought-after prospect who reneged on his Alabama commitment (only to face Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide later in the 2018 National Championship) to join his home-state Bulldogs, Fromm arrived on campus with a mountain of hype, the result of a breathtaking high-school career that included 116 touchdown bombs and recognition as a USA Today All-American. Fromm parlayed that prep success into a productive debut season (supplanting incumbent starter Jacob Eason in the process), ascending to Freshman All-American status while guiding Georgia to a runner-up finish in the College Football Playoffs. However, the 21-year-old Peach State native plateaued over his final two seasons in Athens, failing to clear the high bar he set during his meteoric freshman rise. Pegged as a low-wattage game manager in the mold of long-tenured clipboard-holders Chase Daniel and Colt McCoy, Fromm has enough in his arsenal to earn a steady diet of NFL backup checks, but anyone expecting him to emerge as a franchise difference-maker is bound to be disappointed.

Measurables: 6’2”/219

School: Georgia

2019 Stats: 24 touchdowns, five interceptions, 2,860 passing yards, 60.8 completion percentage, 7.4 yards per attempt, 141.2 quarterback rating, 15 sacks, 38 carries, -12 rushing yards

Accolades: Freshman All-American (2017), SEC Freshman of the Year (2017), Daniel Manning Award finalist (2018), high-school All-American and former five-star recruit

Strengths: Sack-averse (he absorbed just 15 takedowns in 2019) with above-average accuracy, Fromm offers top-notch intangibles (his Wonderlic score of 35 was second-highest in this year’s quarterback class) and largely avoids mental mistakes. He reads the field like a scientist and is battle-hardened from his time in the cutthroat SEC. A proven field general with big-game pedigree—he carried the Bulldogs to within a field goal of the national title as a true freshman—Fromm distributed 78 touchdowns (good for second-most in school history) compared to just 18 interceptions during his Georgia tenure.

Weaknesses: Fromm tanked as a junior (career-low 60.8 completion percentage) and his Combine was a similar debacle. A subpar athlete (he clocked the slowest forty among Combine quarterbacks) with middling arm strength, Fromm is crafty enough to get by on smoke and mirrors, though his physical limitations will undoubtedly pose challenges at the next level.

Player Comparison: A.J. McCarron

Like McCarron, Fromm fits the profile of a fringe NFL starter with adequate size, impressive poise and enough smarts to offset some of his athletic shortcomings.

What Experts Are Saying

“For Fromm to be a good NFL starter, he will need an excellent core around him to let him distribute the ball to play-making receivers while relying on a potent rushing attack.” – Charlie Campbell, Walter Football

“Assuming his accuracy comes back—and there’s no reason to believe it won’t – Fromm should develop into a low-end NFL starter or high-end NFL backup, a guy who is between the 24th and 40th-best quarterback in the league for a long time.” – Thor Nystrom, Rotoworld

“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.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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