This may come as a bit of a surprise to some people, but it really shouldn’t. If the Georgia quarterback is still on the board here in the fourth round, and the Lions have filled other needs, then it makes sense to draft a quarterback like Jake Fromm here.
Fromm doesn’t have the best physical traits, there’s no denying that, but what he does bring to the game is an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the game and how defenses work. Fromm is a three-year starter from Georgia who led the team to the SEC Championship all three years he started, including a Rose Bowl win and National title appearance in his freshman year.
In his sophomore year, Fromm led the team to the SEC Championship Game for a showdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs lost that game through no fault of Fromm’s. In the game, against what was a loaded Alabama defense, Fromm completed 64% of his passes for over 300 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions).
Fromm is fairly accurate in the short to intermediate ranges of the field, but the further down the field he throws, the more his accuracy suffers. He can use his legs if he has to but isn’t the best at navigating the pocket or gaining large chunks of yards on the ground.
He won’t unseat current quarterback Matthew Stafford and may not ever be more than a good backup who can keep the team afloat from time to time, but he will be a huge asset in the film room. Fromm’s deep knowledge of how defenses work would be a huge get for the Lions and his on-field abilities would provide them with an above-average backup/spot starter who could provide Detroit with something they haven’t had in a while. A backup who can keep the team and season afloat if Stafford ever misses time.