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Jake Fromm seems relaxed about falling in NFL Draft

Jake Fromm

Jake Fromm’s fall to the fifth round of the NFL Draft surprised some, but the quarterback seems fairly relaxed about it.

Fromm told FOX 5 Atlanta that he’s used to being overlooked in his career, and this was no different.

“For me, my entire career, I’ve always kind of been the guy kind of left out,” Fromm said. “The guy overseen. The guy that’s not tall enough, not strong enough. Can’t do this, can’t do that. For me, it’s just showing up to work and competing and doing whatever I can to help the team win.”

Fromm is going to a team in the Buffalo Bills that has a long-term starting quarterback, so his only real chance at playing is if there’s an injury. He was hurt by a mediocre NFL Combine, and teams aren’t enamored with his subpar physical traits. Still, his new GM seems to be a big fan, so he has a chance to stick.

Bills GM could not pass up on drafting Jake Fromm

Jake Fromm

Jake Fromm was one of the more well-known names in the NFL Draft, but it took a while until he finally was selected. Fromm was chosen in the fifth round, No. 167 overall by the Buffalo Bills.

So what made the Bills decide to take Fromm?

Buffalo’s GM Brandon Beane told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the team did not enter the day with the plan to draft Fromm, but when he was still there in the fifth, he could not pass up drafting the quarterback.

Fromm passed for 8,236 yards, 78 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in his college career at Georgia. But there were questions about his arm strength and whether he has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. His character and ability to work well in the locker room are viewed as strengths that will serve him well.

In Buffalo, Fromm will join a quarterback room that includes Josh Allen and Matt Barkley.

Ranking the best quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft

Joe Burrow

2019 was a big year for quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, and 2020 is similar.

Four quarterbacks may go in the first round of the draft, with a handful of others waiting behind them to potentially go on the second day. Young franchise quarterbacks are the dream for teams who don’t already have one, and this year is not expected to be any different.

Here are rankings of the seven best quarterbacks in the class of 2020.

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Jake Fromm announces he will enter NFL Draft

Jake Fromm

The 2020 NFL Draft class is already well stocked with talented quarterbacks, and it got even better on Wednesday.

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has announced that he will forego his senior season and enter the draft.

Fromm was a three-year starter at Georgia. He completed over 63 percent of his passes for 8,236 yards, 78 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The Bulldogs went 36-7 during that span with wins in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, including their win in the Sugar Bowl this year over Baylor.

While Fromm is unlikely to be drafted in the first round with Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Jacob Eason and Justin Herbert in the same class, he could be taken as early as the second round. He’s a talented passer who, like Tagovailoa and Burrow, went up against some of the toughest competition in the country during his college career. That will only help his stock with NFL teams.

Jake Fromm suffers ankle injury on sack against LSU

Jake Fromm ankle injury

Jake Fromm was briefly knocked out of Saturday’s SEC Championship Game after a sack by LSU in the second quarter.

Fromm was sacked by Grant Delpit on a second down play in the middle of the second quarter as his Georgia Bulldogs trailed 14-3. The quarterback’s left ankle got twisted, leading Fromm to exit the game.

Stetson Bennett then entered for Georgia and threw an incomplete pass on third-and-long.

Fromm went into the medical tent on the sidelines after his injury. He later emerged with his left ankle heavily taped.

Fromm was only 8/15 for 82 yards prior to his injury.

‘QB1’ Report: Justin Fields starring, Jake Fromm’s big game, Tate Martell adjusting

Jake Fromm

“QB1: Beyond the Lights” is a popular series on Netflix that debuted in 2017. A documentary series directed by Peter Berg of “Friday Night Lights” fame, each season follows three high school quarterbacks. The show provides a glimpse at the student-athletes’ day-to-day lives as the star QB of their respective schools.

Each season has featured a top-rated quarterback, and a few are doing big things already in their college careers. So how is each QB doing? We provide this progress report after three weeks of the 2019 college football season.

SEASON 1

Jake Fromm, Georgia – A starter as a true freshman at Georgia, Fromm has been the true crown jewel of the show in terms of college success. He has passed for 59 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 32 career games and took the Bulldogs to the championship in his first year. This season, he has completed 75 percent of his passes for 601 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. He has only played limited action due to the Bulldogs beating up on easy opponents. That all changes when he faces his first big test of the season: a clash on Saturday against Notre Dame.

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10 best quarterbacks in college football

Trevor Lawrence

Since 2000, 16 of the 19 players to win the Heisman Trophy were quarterbacks. In other words, the best player in college football is usually adjudged to be the nation’s top signal-caller, underlining the importance of the position if a school wants a chance at claiming a conference or national title. Just ask the Oklahoma Sooners, who boast back-to-back Heisman-winning quarterbacks, both of whom played in the College Football Playoff.

Which quarterbacks are going to be the ones competing for those honors this season? Here are the ten best quarterbacks in college football in 2019.

10. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska

Any rebirth of Nebraska football is tied to Martinez, who was handed the quarterback job as a freshman and acquitted himself well. He threw for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 629 rushing yards. A better supporting cast should help those numbers go up, and some have even mentioned him as a potential dark horse Heisman candidate. That may be premature, but given Martinez’s natural talent and Scott Frost’s reputation for developing players, it may be realistic eventually.

9. D’Eriq King, Houston

King suffered a knee injury toward the end of 2018, and his recovery and health will be paramount to him reaching his potential. If King does reach his potential, he’ll easily become one of the country’s most dynamic quarterbacks. As a junior, King threw 36 touchdown passes and added 14 more rushing scores, bringing him to an even 50 on the year despite playing in only 11 games. Dana Holgorsen’s offense has the chance to make him one of the most prolific stat-producers in the entire nation.

8. Jordan Love, Utah State

After passing for 32 touchdowns and 3,567 yards last season, there’s no reason to believe Love won’t be able to turn in a repeat performance in 2019. Ranking as one of the Group of Five’s top quarterbacks, Love had a pair of 400-yard passing games in 2018, and nearly beat Michigan State in East Lansing. He has a new coach in Gary Andersen, but don’t expect that to slow him down as one of the best returning quarterbacks.

7. Shea Patterson, Michigan

Michigan was likely headed for a College Football Playoff appearance last season had they not lost to Ohio State, and that defeat largely was not Patterson’s fault. The senior enters 2019 with a lot of pressure on his shoulders given the prevailing narrative that Michigan is long overdue for a Big Ten title and has the talent to win one. They certainly have the quarterback to do it, as Patterson was good for 2,600 yards last season. The hope is that a more expansive offense will boost Patterson’s numbers and make the team even better.

6. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

After an up-and-down Alabama career, Hurts has moved to Oklahoma. Coach Lincoln Riley has made clear that Hurts is expected to compete with Tanner Mordecai for the starting job, but most expect Hurts to win it. Known primarily for his mobility, the key for Hurts will be to show improvement as a passer. However, Riley and Oklahoma’s high-powered approach to offense could make Hurts yet another Oklahoma Heisman candidate. He’d love to make it three years in a row for the Sooners.

5. Sam Ehlinger, Texas

It’s comical to now think that Ehlinger was once part of a quarterback controversy at Texas. Nobody is questioning him now. He racked up 41 total touchdowns in 2018 — 25 passing and 16 rushing — while quarterbacking the Longhorns to their first ten-win season since 2009. The junior is only getting better, and as long as there are no injuries or other issues, a Big 12 title and Heisman consideration is not out of the question for Ehlinger.

4. Justin Herbert, Oregon

Herbert surprised many when he passed on the NFL Draft despite the fact that scouts are said to be drooling over his pro potential. The beneficiary of that decision is Oregon, which will subsequently be able to play one more season with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks. Herbert is a classic pocket passer with size and a big arm, as evidenced by his 63 touchdown passes in three years with the Ducks. Don’t be surprised if he has a 30-touchdown, 3,000-yard season in the pipeline.

3. Jake Fromm, Georgia

Georgia’s second season with Fromm under center wasn’t quite as successful as the first, but it certainly wasn’t down to the quarterback, who continues to develop at an elite level. Fromm posted a 30-touchdown season and improved his completion percentage as a sophomore despite falling short of 3,000 yards. There’s no reason to believe Fromm’s development won’t continue as a junior. A higher national profile could follow if the Bulldogs can make the College Football Playoff.

2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Tua was everything the Crimson Tide hoped for and then some until a poor performance and injury in the SEC Championship helped derail his Heisman hopes. His season ended with two interceptions against Clemson, where he was outplayed by Trevor Lawrence. Losing that game gives Tagovailoa something to prove, which Nick Saban knows. Tua is entirely capable of making another run at the Heisman, and it’s worth remembering that he fell just 34 yards shy of 4,000 and added 43 passing touchdowns despite the fact that he was rarely playing the entirety of Alabama blowouts.

1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

For the bulk of the 2018 season, Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray were dominating the college football quarterback conversation. Lawrence proceeded to make the title game his personal coming out party. The freshman capped off a 3,000-yard season by throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns against a shell-shocked Crimson Tide defense. With no questions about his starting job and a talented team around him, Lawrence has the chance to surpass those numbers and win a Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. Another national title isn’t out of the question either.

Georgia coach addresses Jake Fromm-Justin Fields controversy

Kirby Smart

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart addressed the potential quarterback controversy brewing on his team following Saturday’s 36-16 loss at LSU.

The Bulldogs have two strong quarterback options between Jake Fromm and Justin Fields.

Fromm, who took Georgia to the National Championship Game as a freshman last year, struggled against LSU. He went just 16/34 for 209 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He entered the game completing 72.8 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Fields, a freshman, has seen limited action in each game, though he did not attempt a pass against LSU. He has completed 72 percent of his passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s also rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns.

Based on how unproductive Georgia was, fans were wondering if Smart would make a switch to Fields, but that did not happen. Smart said after the game there was plenty of blame to go around and he was not pinning things on Fromm.

Fromm has given Smart and Georgia a lot of reasons to believe in him. Yanking him in favor of Fields would be a major move, and it’s probably not one Smart would make flippantly and without serious considerations. Not bringing Fields in during the game seems to signal that Georgia feels Fromm is their best quarterback option for the season.

Each top 25 college football team’s most important player

Tua Tagovailoa

The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.

1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB

After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.

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Kirby Smart hints at Georgia starting quarterback decision

Georgia football

It appears that the Georgia Bulldogs are staying the course at the quarterback position, at least for now.

Coach Kirby Smart wouldn’t commit to a quarterback decision on Wednesday, but he tipped his hand by noting that Jake Fromm has been receiving the majority of first-team practice reps.

It’s unusual that a freshman would lead his school to the national title game and have to fight for his job, but that’s the situation the Bulldogs are in. He’s facing highly-touted freshman Justin Fields in a battle, but Fromm’s experience has given him the leg up despite an injury scare earlier in the offseason.