Pre-combine look at 6 QBs Titans should target on each day of NFL Draft
By Ryan Sikes
Day Three: Jake Fromm (Georgia)
It’s difficult to gauge what kind of NFL quarterback Jake Fromm is going to be. He’s been labeled as a “game manager” by media outlets but has shown flashes of being elite. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he lacks the ideal size for a professional quarterback, but Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have done quite well for themselves as quarterbacks who are smaller in stature.
As noted, Fromm grabbed the starting quarterback job as a freshman while Jacob Eason nursed a knee injury and never looked back. He threw or over 8,200 yards in three years on campus, which averages out to approximately 2,730 yards per season. Last year, Fromm eclipsed the 2,800-yard mark while throwing 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
His yards-per-attempt (7.4) last year was the lowest of his college career and could be attributed to a lack of elite receivers as earlier years when he had the likes of Riley Ridley, Javon Wims, and Mecole Hardman at his disposal.
Fromm has benefited from having talented running backs around him during his tenure at Georgia, which certainly didn’t hurt his cause. He likes to get his running backs involved in the passing game, completing 73 passes to D’Andre Swift over the last three years.
With the Titans, Fromm likely wouldn’t have that benefit given how the roster currently stands. Derrick Henry is used very little in the passing game, so it would seem to make sense that drafting Fromm would accompany the acquisition of a backup running back who excels in pass-catching.
That said, he’s one of the better deep ball passers in this draft, which would be critical to the Titans with weapons like A.J. Brown and Corey Davis. PFF evaluated his passing attempts of 20 or more yards during the 2018 season and revealed that he was substantially better than the rest of the NCAA in that department.
The Titans are without a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, as that was sent to the Miami Dolphins in the Ryan Tannehill trade, so if they opt not to select a quarterback in the first three rounds, they will be left choosing a potential franchise quarterback on the final day of the draft.