As Joe Burrow was doing his thing at the Superdome on Monday, Jake Fromm was doing his thing just two hours away.
The recently departed Georgia quarterback was 140 miles away in Mobile, Ala., training with David Morris of QB Country. Morris, who has QB Country franchises in Atlanta and other Southeast cities, has been Fromm’s personal quarterback coach since Fromm was a sophomore at Houston County High School.
Fromm has been in Mobile with Morris since the day he announced he was forgoing his final year of eligibility with the Bulldogs to enter the 2020 NFL draft. In fact, Fromm literally left Athens that day.
For those wondering why UGA didn’t hold an elaborate news conference for Fromm, the quarterback with the most wins in a three-year period in program history, to announce his decision, your answer was Fromm was not around to do so.
“He was gone,” Georgia football publicist Claude Felton said. “I think it was probably the way he wanted it.”
Fromm’s father concurred.
“Jake’s low-key,” Emerson Fromm said. “He wanted it to be about the program, not Jake.”
And Fromm will remain embedded in Mobile at least until the NFL Combine, which is from Feb. 24-March 2 in Indianapolis.
As might be expected, the Bulldogs’ star quarterback is hyper-focused on conquering his latest challenge. Generally, Fromm projects to be the fourth or fifth quarterback selected in this year’s draft, according to the multitude of mock drafts that are out there. Burrow, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert are usually listed ahead of Fromm, and sometimes Washington’s Jacob Eason. But that is all conjecture, and nothing is certain.
Just the fact that Fromm would choose to take on the pro process without any first-round guarantees is an indication he is betting on himself.
“If he goes and has a good combine and kills the meetings, I mean, heck, three quarterbacks are going to go in the first round, so you’re talking about him sliding up to late first, early second round,” said former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, who is now a sports-talk radio host in Atlanta.
“I think where Jake will shine is in his meetings and in the interview process. I don’t know if he’s one of those guys you’d take in the first round and say, ‘Let’s build a team around him.’ But I definitely think he could at the very least be an A.J. McCarron, a Colt McCoy, a guy who plays 10 or 12 years in the NFL as a solid No. 2.”
Many others share that belief. Fromm signed with famed agent Jimmy Sexton and CAA Sports.
Fromm completed 234 of 385 passes (60.8%) for 2860 yards and 24 TDs with just five interceptions this past season. His 78 touchdowns and 8,224 yards passing ranks second and fourth, respective, on Georgia’s all-time list. The Bulldogs won 36 of the 43 games — or 83.7 percent — in which Fromm was the quarterback the last three years.
Since Fromm’s departure, the Bulldogs have brought in former Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman as a graduate transfer. Junior Stetson Bennett, redshirt freshmen D’Wan Mathis and Nathan Priestley and freshman early-enrollee Carson Beck also will be competing for playing time.
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