Due to the lockout, 2011 could be more difficult than usual for undrafted free agents trying to make it in the NFL. Yet, there will be players with the talent, the skill, and the work ethic to enter a camp and make the most of their limited opportunities.
This week, I’m profiling offensive skill players who I believe have the ability to develop into quality professionals if they have been training hard enough in this crazy offseason to hit the ground running. Profiles of these players are excerpts from my publication, the 2011 Rookie Scouting Portfolio, available at Footballguys.com
Adam Froman 6-4, 219: Froman is a JUCO transfer who really didn’t become a passing quarterback until he went to a junior college in Santa Rosa, California. He devleoped into an efficient JUCO passer and carried over that 60 percent completion rate during his next two seasons at Louisville.
There are other numbers that are even more impressive in the spring: 4.55 and 4.08. These times are his 40 and 20-yard shuttle numbers and they are among thebest of any QB in this class loaded with impressive athletes like Newton, Gabbert, Locker and Tyrod Taylor.
However, these numbers merely support the potential Froman shows on the field. I’m really impressed with Froman’s ability to make controlled movements in the pocket. He feels the pocket change and still scans the three to four quadrants of the field to find an open receiver. I’ve seen him do this both with and without pressure in the pocket, which is uncommon among prospects even
at this level.
Froman has a good internal clock for pressure and he consistently gets rid of the ball before pressure really becomes a threat. He has the height to throw the ball over the line and when under pressure he does a good job of getting on his toes to throw the ball over the line. When in a situation where he has to deal with contact to make the play, Froman is willing to take the hit to deliver the football.
His arm strength and accuracy are starter quality. Froman has nice velocity and he flashes pinpoint accuracy with his throws. He throws the ball with a good, over-the-shoulder delivery and he throws the ball with good mechanics on the move.
Because Froman has missed stretches of weeks with a variety of injuries, his game isn’t as known of a quantity to scouts as most of the players on this list. This lack of proven production will make him a late-round pick and
he’ll be deemed a developmental project. However, Froman’s physical skills, sound fundamentals, and passing talent makes him too promising to rank in the
middle of the pack. He’s a fluid player who already integrates his skills more effectively than several of the more heralded prospects on this list.
Froman’s projected status as a late-round pick could place the QB in a situation where he’s designated a player to groom initially as a back up (Matt Schaub and
Tony Romo) as opposed to a starter-in-waiting. Still, I think Froman will be a considered a bargain 3-4 years from now.