Why the Patriots should draft Jake Fromm

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Jake Fromm drops back to pass against LSU in 2018. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

I’m no college football junkie by any means, but when I see a player I like, I try to keep tabs on them through their collegiate career. I have been eyeing Jake Fromm since his freshman season at Georgia, and now, with his name on the 2020 NFL draft board, I am more convinced than ever that Fromm would be a perfect quarterback for the New England Patriots.

Just by watching him warm up, you can tell that Fromm throws a tight, accurate ball with good mechanics and consistency. He might not launch it 60 yards down the field, but that kind of distance only wins punt, pass and kick contests. I’d take a guy who throws a consistent mid-range ball over a chuck-and-duck gunslinger any day of the week.

Every prospect write-up will tell you that Fromm isn’t flashy or particularly mobile, but he makes up for it with his pre-snap preparation and ball security. Dissecting defenses, Fromm kept insanely-low turnover totals: just 18 interceptions on 621 pass attempts. I did the math, and he was intercepted on only 2.9 percent of his throws. Tom Brady’s career percentage is 2.8. That’s GOAT-level decision-making.

Just like TB12, Fromm grips the ball at two and four. I don’t know what that means, but Tom Brady is good, so I figure that grip bodes well for Fromm. He also has a strong baseball background like Brady, playing around the infield and perfecting his arm angles, a compact motion, and a quick release through his experience on the diamond.

Off the field, Fromm is charismatic, humble, relaxed, and confident. He’s a good sport about his name’s funny connection to the popular State Farm commercial character Jake from State Farm, and like the insurance company, he’s as dependable as it gets. Did I just write a State Farm ad?

Put simply, this kid embraces challenges. He led Georgia to the national championship game as a freshman, knocking off Notre Dame in his first start on the road before taking down Auburn in the SEC title game and beating Oklahoma in a double-OT thriller at the Rose Bowl. From a young age, he’s been able to get it done against the best, and on the biggest stages.

Better yet, Jake Fromm knows where he stands.  The resume is impressive, but he isn’t ready to be an NFL starter, and he accepts that. While he develops, though, his elite football mind can go to work as a scout team QB and a valuable voice in the quarterbacks room. On the field, he’s a competitor, and will push the guys ahead of him. It’s a win-win for everyone!

The Patriots need a guy who can compete, add value, and show potential at a position experiencing uncertainty for the first time in 20 years. Fromm’s name won’t put fans in seats, but he’ll work, he’ll learn, and he’ll succeed. Jake Fromm will be there for the Patriots and their numerous mid-round picks. Bring Fromm to Foxborough. Frommsborough. Perfect.

Author: Brady Gardner

Brady is a Public Relations and Journalism double-major at Boston University's College of Communication, Class of 2022.

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