The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could take a quarterback on Day 2 of the NFL Draft and Mel Kiper thinks that Jake Fromm would be a potential option.
No matter what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers elect to do with Jameis Winston, the organization still could address the quarterback position through the NFL Draft.
If speculation is true and the Buccaneers are looking to bring Winston back for another year, the franchise still could look at taking a quarterback on Day 2 of the draft as a way to have a viable back-up and potential option for the future if things don’t pan out with Winston long-term.
ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper believes that Georgia’s Jake Fromm could be a realistic option for the Buccaneers, or any organization looking for a quarterback outside the first-round.
"“If you’re looking for a day two possibility at quarterback, I would look at Jake Fromm,” Kiper said via The Tampa Bay Times. “Maybe Jacob Eason if he maybe drops. But Fromm would be more of the guy in the second or third round.”"
Kiper said that Fromm will have to prove himself during the NFL Combine if he wants to solidify a second-round draft status.
"“He’s going to have to show there is necessary arm strength. Is he Aaron Murry or Andy Dalton,” Kiper said."
Though many Buccaneers fans might like the prospect of getting Fromm, he doesn’t show on his film the necessary arm strength to be successful in Tampa Bay’s system.
When you’re airing the ball out in Bruce Arians’ system, you’ve got to have phenomenal arm strength and Fromm all-too-many times missed targets and had too many struggles at Georgia.
Could he turn those things around? Could some of those issues be the system he was playing in at Georgia? Sure. And that’s why Tampa Bay– as well as many other franchises across the NFL- will give him a look, but I wouldn’t sell out to him being the second-string quarterback needed to push Jameis Winston just yet.