Jordan Love is a really interesting prospect in this quarterback-heavy draft. He has the size and length (see below) of a prototypical NFL quarterback, but his career arc has been a rollercoaster even dating back to high school. Love played high school at Liberty High in Bakersfield, California. He was a running back/wide receiver hybrid for his first three years while trying to convince his coaches to let him play quarterback. He was finally named the starting quarterback for his senior year, and he threw for 2,148 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 806 yards and eight touchdowns.
After high school, Love joined the Utah State Aggies where he redshirted in his first season before playing in 12 games the next year. Love really broke out as a redshirt sophomore when he threw for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just 6 interceptions. There were some scouts who expected Love to leave school early after his big season, but he decided to stay an extra year and may have hurt his draft stock in the process. In his redshirt junior season, Love threw for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions before declaring for the draft.
Love faced criticism all season in 2019 for staring down receivers, holding onto the ball too long, and not being able to read zone defenses. This has potential to be a major issue in the NFL. He’s hoping to offset these problems with some of his natural size and ability as well as his athleticism at the position. Love is likely the kind of player that is going to need to be a backup for a year or two to transition to the professional game.
Most scouts are predicting Love to get drafted at #13 by the Colts, but there are some who believe he will get drafted as high as #6 or slip to #23 with the Patriots or even out of the first round completely. A drop out of the first round would be shocking, but it is something to look out for on draft night.
Arms: 32 5/8″
Hands: 10 1/2″
40-Yard Time: 4.74 seconds
Potential Landing Spots: Colts, Patriots, Chargers