Former Georgia QB Jake Fromm identifies deep ball issue — it’s not his arm
NFL draft analysts have repeatedly questioned Jake Fromm’s arm strength, but the former Georgia quarterback doesn’t see that as the root of his problem throwing the deep ball.
“I think it’s been my feet,” Fromm told The Herald Bulletin. “My feet have not been as clean as they needed to be this past football season. That’s something that we’ve really been hammering throughout this process.
“So, for me, I’m trying to get my feet better and as good as they can be because wherever my feet are, and how they are doing, it’s going to take care of the rest of whatever is going on. It starts from the bottom up. I’m really trying to take care of those.”
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Jim Chaney was Fromm’s quarterback coach his freshman season at Georgia, while James Coley worked with him the past two seasons.
Chaney has moved on to Tennessee, and Coley is now the tight ends coach at Texas A&M.
Fromm remains one of the more polarizing figures in the NFL draft, with some experts impressed by his ability to process at the line of scrimmage and manage the game.
Fromm led Georgia to three straight SEC Championship Game appearances and dominated the Bulldogs’ rivals.
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Others, such as Mel Kiper Jr., have droned on about Fromm’s lack of arm strength. Fromm also lacks the mobility of some of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s NFL draft.
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Fromm has been back working with former Ole Miss quarterback David Morris of QB Country in Mobile since his freshman year of high school.
Former Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens, now a backup quarterback with the 49ers, is also working with Morris.
Mullens holds the distinction of being a former pupil of new Georgia offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd Monkey.
Fromm, however, is more zeroed in on improving his draft stock that picking up any tips on how the UGA offense will look without him next season.
Many thought Fromm would return with hopes of leading Georgia to a national championship, but his prayers led him to choose a path to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Fromm is projected as being anywhere from a second-round pick to a fourth-round pick.
Kiper has compared him to Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, while Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL scout Jim Nagy sees similarities to Drew Brees.
Fromm, himself, likes to model his game after the New Orleans Saints future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback.
“I would love to emulate my game the best way possible after Drew Brees,,” Fromm said at the NFL combine in Indianapolis in February. “The way he approaches the game, the way he works and the way he throws, hopefully I can be as close to him as possible.”
Certainly Georgia coach Kirby Smart gave the green light for Fromm to have the same sort of on-field control last season that Brees enjoys piloting the Saints’ pass game.
“The coaches really trusted me a lot,” Fromm said. “I could change a run to a pass, and a pass to a run, this play for that, and I really was grateful for the power they gave me with the offense.
“It was a great learning curve, for me and it will prepare me for this next level.”
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