Jordan Love 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possible Fits
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Jordan Love 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Jordan Love comes into the 2020 NFL draft as one of the more talked-about quarterback prospects outside of the top 3 in the group in Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa, but Love is still primed to be a solid prospect under center for whatever team drafts him.
College Career: Love started out with a decent freshman season, throwing for 1,631 yards in 2017 before breaking out for the Aggies in 2018, throwing for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, giving scouts some serious indications that Love may be ready to go pro. However, Love regressed in a new offensive set in 2019, while still throwing for 3,402 yards, but watching his TD:INT ratio drop to 20 TDs and 17 interceptions.
Strengths: Love has shown the ability to launch the ball downfield with power and accuracy if needed to put some air underneath it. A lot of times, quarterbacks tend to rely on one throw style or another, whether it be firing the ball downfield with power or putting some air underneath it and lofting it where it needs to go. Love doesn’t have that issue and he’s developed poise in the pocket and can escape pressure if the pocket were to collapse, making him a dangerous ground option as well as an aerial threat with his arm.
Weaknesses: Under no real fault of his own, Love didn’t get a chance to play much top-tier competition with the exception being the eventual national champion LSU Tigers, and in that game, Love completed just 15 of 30 passes for 130 yards with 3 interceptions, so Love has to be prepared for a major step up at the next level. As far as technical flaws, Love needs to work on his downfield vision as a lot of his turnover issues came as a result of locking in on his intended target/primary receiver for too long, or even worse, not looking them off at all, leading to an easy knockdown or even worse, an interception and a pass going the other way. Many scout reports also mention the words accuracy issues and turnovers, which a lot of time go hand-in-hand and will need ironing out sooner rather than later.
Outlook/possible fit: Love had solid numbers in his sophomore year, but I definitely think going back for his senior year would’ve been the wise choice to get more reps under his belt and to work out kinks that are key at the next level. With that said, we are where we are and Love will most likely be selected in the first couple of rounds in the NFL draft and could be a viable starting QB in the league over the next couple of years. I do think that Love would thrive in an environment where he plays backup for a year and develops knowledge from a veteran QB before being handed the reins somewhere down the line, which is why a couple of teams could be a better fit for Love. Teams like the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. I say the Saints because obviously Drew Brees is getting up there age-wise, and is basically on a year-to-year basis where he’ll make the choice at the end of the season if he comes back or not. But one year under Brees is a lot for a guy like Jordan Love, especially if you inherit an offense with guys like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas on your side. I also mentioned the Colts because although Indy just signed Philip Rivers, Rivers is getting up there in age as well and could prove to be a great source of knowledge for Love as well. Indy will need to add some weapons for Love down the road if he ends up being their guy, but Rivers is not a bad mentor either for a year and possibly more as he has a few more miles on the treads than Brees does.