Why Jake Fromm could be Steelers replacement for Ben Roethlisberger

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the game against the Baylor Bears during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 01, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Why is Fromm slipping?

I’ll be honest.  I can’t figure out why the so-called experts are moving Fromm from a potential first-round pick to a day three flyer.  Sure, the current flavor-of-the-month is Utah State’s Jordan Love, in part because of his eye-popping arm strength and in larger part because the NFL is a copy cat league and every GM just watched Patrick Mahomes win the Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The comparisons between Mahomes and Love are sexy. Fans are thrilled at the possibility. It’s the same reason that draft pundits have been saying “he’s the best prospect I’ve seen since John Elway” for the past thirty-five years. Those guys don’t come around very often. Ask the teams that drafted Jeff George or JaMarcus Russel.

Do you know who else doesn’t come around very often? Accurate QB’s with average to good arm strength who possess the intelligence and the competitive fire needed to be great at their position. There aren’t very many Peyton Mannings, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady’s out there.

I’m not saying Jake Fromm is any of those guys, but he profiles like them. Manning never had a laser rocket on his right shoulder, regardless of what the commercials might have you believe. Brady has never been confused for John Elway in the cannon department. Brees was both too short and lacked arm strength when he came out if you ask the pundits who profiled him at the time.

But somehow those guys made it and excelled and brought championships to their organizations. I could be all wrong about Jake Fromm, but to me, it’s worth spending around 3 or 4 pick. If you’re willing to do it on Josh Dobbs, please step up for Jake Fromm. We have all seen what the Steelers currently have behind Big Ben. Whatever spin they might be feeding you about their comfort level with Mason Rudolph, he’s not the heir apparent.

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The Steelers may as well take the shot if it’s available to come April rather than watching him win for somebody else. I’m not an NFL scout, but if I were I’d hammer the table for the kid who’s done nothing but win in a pro-style offense in the SEC for the past three years.