ATHENS — Buffalo had no intention of selecting Jake Fromm in the 2020 NFL Draft, and a look at their offense, current quarterback and weather explains why.
But Bills general manager Brandon Beane texted that Fromm was “too good to pass up,” per ESPN insider Chris Mortensen.
Fromm was selected in the fifth round on Saturday with the 167th overall pick, the eighth quarterback picked in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“He wasn’t planning to draft Jake Fromm, but he was on the board and thought he was too good to pass up,” Mortensen reported on ESPN. “Even though his physical attributes don’t fit with that Buffalo climate, they are happy to have a guy like that in their quarterback room.”
Quarterback Josh Allen is the Bills unquestioned starter, a sturdy 6-foot-5, 237-pound quarterback with great mobility and arm strength. The offense is designed around Allen’s strengths.
Further, the Bills play in arguably the harshest climate in the NFL.
Fromm’s struggles in inclement weather last season were well-documented. Georgia fans booed their own team after a scoreless first half against Kentucky on a cold, rainy night last season.
“It’s fascinating he went to Buffalo for a number of reasons, first of all the same agency who represents Josh Allen represents Jake Fromm,” Jeremiah said, exposing what would seem to be a conflict of interests.
“Then you talk abut polar opposites as players: Josh Allen has the big size, the huge arm,” Jeremiah said. “ Josh Allen doesn’t throw with a ton of anticipation but he’s got such velocity he can still put it on you.
“Then you talk about Jake Fromm who is a really touch and timing passer.”
Jeremiah suggested one area Fromm fits is that he can help Allen with the playbook.
“The one thing I think that’s going to be a great fit about this in Buffalo is that Jake Fromm and his intelligence, his knowledge,” Jeremiah said. “As a backup, I think he’ll be able to help Josh Allen in the meeting room as they prepare to get ready for that week’s opponents.”
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick suggested Fromm needs to get comfortable with the notion of being a backup quarterback.
“First of all, backup quarterback is a top 30 position on your 53-man roster,” Riddick said. “Two of the most important aspects of backup quarterbacks has to be their makeup, their character, they have to be self-starters.
“Being able to come into a football game and being ready to play without any reps at all, sometimes not even being talked to during the week, sometimes only running scout team,” Riddick said.
“Jake Fromm fits all that, that may not be what he wants to hear, but that may be his calling card in the NFL and that may be how he lasts a long, long time.”
Mortensen reported earlier on Saturday that New Orleans and Indianapolis were two teams that had shown interest in Fromm before choosing to go another direction.
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