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Why this year or next, Jake Fromm is going to be a top drafted quarterback
Amongst college football fans, you might not find a more divisive NFL prospect than Jake Fromm. For all the winning he’s done at Georgia, many like to point out what he doesn’t seem to possess.
He doesn’t have the rocket arm Jacob Eason had. Fromm is not the athlete that Justin Fields is either. But it’s fairly telling that despite how much raw talent both Eason and Fields had, Fromm was the guy who beat them out and earned the starting job.
NFL scouts and draftniks have clearly taken notice of Fromm’s career to this point, which is why some have tabbed him a possible top pick starting with the 2020 NFL Draft. Fromm will be draft eligible following the 2019 season.
One such example of Fromm’s draft hype came over the weekend when Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller tabbed Fromm as the “perfect win-now” quarterback prospect. He may not have the long-term upside that say a Patrick Mahomes-type might offer, but Miller makes a compelling case why he might be able to come in and succeed at the NFL level right away.
One key NFL personnel member explained why the Georgia quarterback is already catching the eyes of the NFL .
“Mentally, he’s like [Andrew] Luck,” an AFC scouting director told Miller. “He doesn’t wow you in practice watching him throw because he’s a little small and doesn’t have a huge arm, but he knows where to go with the ball and makes the right decisions. That counts for more than 4.4 speed or a cannon arm,”
The Luck comparison is an interesting one. Like Fromm currently is, Luck was tabbed as a likely top draft pick. In his redshirt sophomore season, he led Stanford to a 12-1 record and an emphatic Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. With his coach — Jim Harbaugh — headed to the NFL, it would’ve been understandable for him to enter the draft after tossing for 32 touchdowns passes compared to 8 interceptions with a 70 percent completion percentage.
But Luck spurned the NFL to return to Stanford for one more season. The Cardinal didn’t end up winning the national championship with Luck back at the helm, but the Stanford quarterback still ended up being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In Fromm’s sophomore season, he threw for 30 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. Luck was a better athlete at this point — he ran for 453 yards in 2010 — but the perceived lack of athleticism didn’t hinder Fromm when he was carving up the Alabama and Florida defenses a season ago.
Some might point to Fromm’s 0-2 record against Alabama as a reason he shouldn’t be perceived as an elite talent. In Luck’s final two seasons in college, Stanford lost to Oregon by 21 and 23 points.
Fromm will be asked to do more than he has before in his junior season. While the Bulldogs do still have running back D’Andre Swift and one of the top offensive lines in the country, Georgia will have to replace its top five receiving leaders from a season ago.
And for this coming season, Fromm is going to try and use his mental abilities to help elevate his teammates.
“For me, it’s about getting the guys around me better. Getting them as knowledgeable about the offense as I am,” Fromm said. “Being able to switch things up and change based on what the defense shows.”
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If Fromm wants to be NFL starting quarterback, he’ll give serious consideration to possibly leaving following Georgia’s 2019 season. But Fromm also isn’t the type of guy to look past his junior season and start daydreaming of dapping up Roger Goodell.
He still very much wants to win the SEC and eventually a national championship. If he beats Alabama and silences his dwindling critics in the process, so be it. But whether he plays two more seasons at Georgia or just one, it’s clear the NFL is going to be a very real option for Fromm.
Tate Ratledge impresses elite 2020 recruit Bryan Bresee
Playing at the Darlington School in Rome, Ga., Georgia offensive tackle commit Tate Ratledge doesn’t often play against players of his caliber. Ratledge is a top-40 player in the country, and there just aren’t many equals at the Class A Private level in Georgia.
That’s what made Ratledge’s performance at The Opening in Frisco, Texas last week so encouraging. He was matching up against other elite prospects and more than held his own.
Ratledge went head-to-head with Clemson defensive tackle commit Bryan Bresee a number of times in Texas. He is ranked as the No. 2 player in the country for the 2020 recruiting cycle and someone Georgia badly wanted as a member of its own recruiting class.
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