Updated Oct. 3, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
Since he took Georgia to the National Championship game during his freshman season, quarterback Jake Fromm has had a lot of buzz about him being a future prospect for the NFL. Fromm has continued to rack up the wins, leading the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship game last year, and once again in 2019, they are one of the best teams in college football. Now that Fromm is eligible for the draft, NFL scouts are accessing his skill set and performance to grade him for the 2020 NFL Draft. While Fromm is recognized as a winner, some in the national media like ESPN's Mel Kiper have questioned his arm talent for the for the next level. WalterFootball.com spoke with a handful of scouts at different teams who have scouted Fromm in person at Georgia, and they all independently labeled Fromm's arm strength as average at best.
Fromm is listed at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, and while that is smaller than ideal, team sources did not raise concerns that he was too undersized for the position in the NFL. Considering the last two No. 1-overall picks were quarterbacks shorter than 6-foot, height is not a big concern for Fromm. Throughout his time at Georgia, Fromm has been an accurate passer who makes good decisions while being an efficient game manager. However, sources say that Fromm does not have a powerful arm or arm strength that can beat coverage with the velocity of his passes. Fromm has to beat coverage by getting the ball out early and on time while being accurate with precision passing.
Fromm has been fortunate to have a great supporting cast, including an offensive line comprised of future NFL competitors and first-round picks - see below - and a juggernaut rushing attack that has produced a string of early-round tailbacks. On top of the great offensive talent, Georgia's defense has been superb under head coach Kirby Smart. Thus, Fromm has not had to carry the team or produce a huge passing attack to win games. Team evaluators like how Fromm manages the game, but they do want to see how he plays in the face of more adversity and they are curious if he can put his teammates on his back to push them to wins. There is no guarantee that NFL teams will get those answers from game action, so that makes his evaluation a little more challenging.
Sources at a handful of teams that have watched Fromm in person this season say his arm strength is average at best. While Fromm does not have a powerful arm, he is said to have great intangibles. They feel that during the leadup to his draft that coaches and general managers will love his work ethic, personality, professionalism, and off-the-field makeup. There have been many very successful NFL quarterbacks who don't have elite arm strength, and sources feel that some team will believe Fromm will continue that trend and has a strong likelihood he ends up being a first-round pick.