It took a little longer than expected, but Jake Fromm is in the NFL after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills at pick 167. Fromm is the antithesis to starter Josh Allen, as he doesn’t have a strong arm, but is accurate and can read a defense well. He makes for a good backup on a team that has some playmakers and will look to run the ball more than pass.
Fromm is one of the smarter football minds at quarterback in this draft, but didn’t have the stats in his junior year that were expected, completing 234-of-385 attempts (60.8 percent) for 2,860 yards, 24 touchdowns, and five interceptions. His sophomore year was his strongest year, as he completed 206-of-306 attempts (67.3 percent) for 2,749 yards, 30 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Fromm still needs to build strength and work on his throwing mechanics, which he apparently is, but trying and doing are different things, just ask Yoda. In the NFL, he’ll need good offensive talent around him. He has a strong ability to go through his progressions and get the ball to playmakers, but he’ll need those playmakers to do some of the heavy lifting, much like he did in college.
Fantasy football impact
Fromm won’t have any fantasy value his rookie year backing up Allen, and if Allen were to go down, the conservative nature of the Bills offense would likely give Fromm limited upside if he does take over.
Fromm would likely be served best landing somewhere he can learn and develop without a bunch of pressure to win early in his career as a starter. He has good enough ability to be a more than capable backup, but if he develops a bit more, he has upside to be a career starter.