Love's combination of size and physical tools make him an intriguing prospect
Jordan Love did not put up near as impressive numbers this past season as he did in 2018, but the Aggies' quarterback is still considered one of the top prospects at the position in the 2020 NFL Draft. Love may be more of a work in progress compared to some of his peers, but he's the complete package when it comes to physical traits and skill set NFL teams are looking for in today's signal-callers.
Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on Love.
Jordan Love Draft Profile
College: Utah State
Between his arm talent, quick release, natural athleticism and gunslinger mentality, Love is loaded with traits of the new QB prototype. He will stand tall in the pocket to scan the field, and he throws with velocity and accuracy from just about any platform. His highlight reel features the kind of second-reaction plays that will draw (overeager) comparisons to Patrick Mahomes. Love also has a willingness to test tight windows — reining him in will be easier than trying to make a young QB more aggressive. He also has the size to function within the pocket. He has a quick release aided by keeping the ball in throwing position when he’s in the pocket. He’s more of a threat with his legs than his collegiate rushing stats suggest — he consistently looks to throw late in the down rather than run.
Love still has some work to do with some nuances of the position. Early in his career he didn’t often work deep into progressions, and last season — with a weaker supporting cast — his tempo was often too slow, and he’s late to move off bad reads. He also needs to become a more subtle mover within the pocket in order to keep the integrity of play designs intact, especially as he’ll be working in tighter spaces at the next level. His uneven play last season was disconcerting, even if his weapons struggled to separate.
The tools are outstanding, and while he’s still a little unpolished, it won’t take a ton of coaching to unlock Love’s remaining potential. If he becomes more adept at reading things pre-snap, to go along with his ability to make plays late in the down, there’s star potential.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round