NFL insiders describe Buffalo Bills picking Jake Fromm as 'fascinating'
One of the more interesting moves of Saturday’s portion of the NFL Draft was Georgia QB Jake Fromm going to the Buffalo Bills. And while Fromm is not expected to unseat, or even compete with starter Josh Allen, NFL insiders see him helping the Bills in other ways.
One interesting connection is the Bills’ offensive coordinator being familiar with Fromm from facing off against him while at Alabama when the Crimson Tide met the Bulldogs in the national championship to close the 2017 season.
“The offensive coordinator for Alabama who had to watch that chess match back and forth was Brian Daboll, who is the Bills’ offensive coordinator,” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said during ESPN’s draft coverage, according to 247Sports. “Brandon Beane, the general manager of the Bills, texted me that he wasn’t planning to take Jake Fromm today, but he was on the board and thought he was too good to pass up, even though you would think the physical attributes don’t fit with that Buffalo climate. They are happy to have a guy like that in the quarterback room and backing up Josh Allen.”
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he sees Fromm as someone to help Allen in preparation.
“It’s fascinating that he went to Buffalo for a number of reasons,” said Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, on ESPN’s draft broadcast. “First of all, he has the same agency (Creative Artists Agency) that represents Josh Allen. (CAA) represents Jake Fromm. Then you talk about polar opposites as players. Josh Allen — the big size, the huge arm. Josh Allen doesn’t throw with a ton of anticipation, but he’s got such velocity, can still put it on you. Then you talk about Jake Fromm, who’s a rhythm touch, timing passer.”
“The one thing that I think that’s going to be a great fit about this in Buffalo is that Jake Fromm and his intelligence, his knowledge has blown teams away during that portion. So as a backup, I think he’ll be able to help Josh Allen in the meeting room as they prepare to get ready for that week’s opponents, maybe more so than most rookie quarterbacks would be prepared to do that.”
Here’s Fromm’s reaction to falling to the Bills in the fifth round:
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