Jake Fromm's Huge Opportunity Awaits

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Sporting the nickname “Man Child”, Fromm began his athletic career at an early age. He played basketball and football throughout his youth career, but baseball was his first true love. He started playing on the diamond at the age of five and Fromm gravitated towards the game pretty quickly. So much that at 12-years-old, he was the star of the 2011 Little League World Series. Yes, the event that most gather around and watch every August. He was once the star from nearly a decade ago that you may remember watching.

A five-tool player for his Warner Robins (Georgia) team that fell one game short of the United States Championship Game. During that four-game stretch, Fromm shouldered the load of the team by hitting three home runs and eight runs batted in (RBIs), while also striking out 11-of-18 batters that he faced. His success and well-roundedness carried over to Houston County High School, where he helped lead the baseball team to a state championship victory during his junior season in 2015.

Despite his success in baseball, football began to become more than just a hobby. As a three-year starter, Fromm collected 12,745 passing yards and 116 touchdowns through 46 career games. Now a five-star phenom and arguably the top player within the state, he was selected as the 2016 Georgia 6A Player of the Year. Holding over 50 offers, Fromm selected the home-state Bulldogs.

His talents immediately translated, as he started in 14-of-15 games as a true freshman. Named as the SEC Co-Newcomer of the Year, his 2,615 passing yards were good for the third-most for a freshman in program history. 

Today, another marquee opportunity is on the horizon, as he leads the Bulldogs against the team he recorded his first career start against in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Not being asked to do much so far this season as the team is off to a fast start, this is Georgia's first true test of the season.

A lot has changed since the No. 11 jersey in red took over the reigns though. His first career start was a memorable one and not in a good way. Finishing the night 16-of-29 for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception, Fromm's cool demeanor stayed with him throughout. In the facility he's known for his laid back personality, never ending smile and poise while in big moments, which has happened to him frequently while in Athens.

With all of the five-star prospects that enters the program, Fromm has the weathered the storm of two of them. After now Washington quarterback Jacob Eason went down with an injury, it was his opportunity and he hasn't looked back since. There have been some bumps in the road though -- that includes the signing of Justin Fields, who has now experienced greener pastures at Ohio State, but despite all of the speculated QB controversy, Fromm remained as even keel as ever.

Exemplifying his leadership and coming to work everyday as if there wasn't any so called distractions. He never wavered and continued to be himself amid all of the extra added attention to the position group. He's now reaping the benefits from keeping his composure and is spearheading one of the most explosive offenses in the country.

What does Fromm bring to the table though?

Allow me to explain.

Where He Wins (+)

Withstood the storm of two five-star prospects during his tenure because of how safe and close to script he sticks when operating the offense. Surrounded by plenty of weapons yearly, like a point guard, he was responsible for delivering the ball to all of the surrounding talent and allow their yards after the catch abilities to take over.

Against off-coverage, he excels at throwing short out-breaking routes towards the sideline or quick hitters on the perimeter to allow his targets with plenty of yards after the catch opportunities. Operated a classic, pro-style type of offense, where a large portion of it operated through his control. He was held responsible for setting and altering protections at the line. Boundary, field, and full-field reads were apparent. Based off of pre-snap reads, he showed to almost always take what the defense gave him. 

Where He Needs to Improve (-)

Fromm doesn’t possesses a lot of consistent juice behind his throws. It is evident when forced to test tight windows, far hash throws, having to hit targets in condensed regions, and passes outside of the numbers. Besides deep go balls on the outside there aren’t many shots deep down the field. Third level accuracy remains a question mark and a massive area of concern.

Has a negative habit of failing to keep his lead leg (left) bent and ready to fire. When ready to throw and progressing through his wind-up, there’s a time lag with his lower half following identifying targets. Locks his lead leg and knee out in a linear style, which deters him from adding velocity behind his throws and results in poor ball placement on passes in the short-to-intermediate areas.

After reaching the apex of his drop, his feet have a tendency of going dead and there isn’t any sense of moving in any direction to avoid surrounding traffic. There are plenty of plays where he could’ve escalated into the pocket, but he was comfortable with just standing at the tip point of it and remaining there while deciphering progressions. Learning to climb it will allow him to slide past the turmoil within the pocket and discover clearer surfaces and possible throwing windows.

Written By:

Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.