What does Jake Fromm need to do in order to rise the draft boards? Mel Kiper Jr. shares his take
We see the same thing on an annual basis, the early mock drafts are released only to see a quarterback or two slowly rise up the charts during the pre-draft process as teams begin to fall in love with a prospect the draft analysts didn’t have on the top of their initial mock drafts.
Could Jake Fromm be the next signal-caller that makes that leap?
It’s possible, as the former Georgia quarterback left school for a reason, he has faith in his ability and has performed at a high level since the day he arrived in Athens. The NFL will have all the tape they need of Fromm competing against some of the best defenses college football has to offer when evaluating the former Georgia quarterback.
So what more do NFL teams need to see? According to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., who discussed the upcoming draft during a recent teleconference, Fromm’s arm strength is still a question many teams likely have for the former Bulldog.
“The only thing that is going to be on display there, he’s going to have to show that (he has) the necessary arm strength,” Kiper said according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Because that’s going to determine if he is Aaron Murray (or) is he Andy Dalton? I think that’s what everybody is trying to figure out. … Maybe he’s more like Aaron Murray? Well, maybe he’s more like Andy Dalton? If he’s Andy Dalton, you’re talking about a second-round or early second-round type quarterback.
“If he’s Aaron Murray you are talking about a later-round quarterback who is now playing in the XFL. So, again, that’s where people will have to make that decision based on arm strength.”
You could make the case that improving his arm strength wasn’t something Fromm was likely going to be able to prove by coming back to Athens for one more season. At this point, his arm is what it is but if he can display the power NFL teams need to see from him, there’s no doubt Fromm could be the next gunslinger to slowly but steady rise up draft boards by the time the 2020 NFL Draft arrives.