The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Utah State quarterback Jordan Love didn’t play at the biggest school, but has drawn the attention of NFL scouts.
Size: 6-foot-4, 225 pounds
2019 stats: 3,402 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 17 interceptions, 61.9 percent completion, 175 rushing yards
Love wasn’t a big high school football recruit and only had one Division I offer. He wound up at Utah State and was able to crack the starting lineup early in his career, which helped him develop. Now he is a solid quarterback prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft.
He played in 12 games as a freshman, throwing for 1,631 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions on 54.9 percent completion. The Aggies went 6-7 with a loss in the Arizona Bowl to finish the season. As a sophomore, Love improved by passing for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions on 64 percent completion. Utah State won 11 games that season, which includes their win in the New Mexico Bowl. Love had a lot of hype surrounding him heading into his junior season. He finished the year with 3,402 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions on 61.9 percent completion. The Aggies won seven games, but lost in the Frisco Bowl in 2019.
After a solid career with Utah State, Love is now prepping for the NFL Draft. While he won’t be one of the first three quarterbacks selected, he is a candidate to be selected in the first round.
Love’s greatest asset is his arm strength, as he has one of, if not the strongest arm in the draft class. He has enough zip on his ball to hit all areas of the field. The ball doesn’t hang in the air unless he intends it to. Love should be able to stretch the field both horizontally and vertically in the NFL, making the offense he is running hard to defend. His arm strength makes it so he can make any throw asked of him, it just depends on his accuracy on whether the ball is catchable.
While he isn’t the greatest athlete at the quarterback position, Love can move a little bit. He extends plays by leaving the pocket, which enables big plays to happen down field. If there is no one open, Love can take off and pick up extra yardage and extend drives.
While his mechanics aren’t perfect, he does some things that will help him at the next level. His release is very quick, which will help the ball get to his receiver faster and prevent strip-sacks. When he stays in the pocket, he usually drives with his legs and makes a good motion with his arm.
Decision-making is the biggest thing Love needs to work on. He threw 17 interceptions this season and a lot of them could have been prevented. Love threw a lot of 50-50 balls and misread a lot of coverages. He also stares down receivers, which makes him easy to read.
His accuracy is hit or miss. At times he can make incredible throws into tight windows. Other times he misses completely on easy routes. On slants and throws to the flat, he misses receivers entirely or puts the ball in a position where the receiver can’t run well after the catch.
Another question about Love’s game is whether he can handle the speed of the pros. In games against Power Five Conference teams (LSU and Wake Forest), he threw six total interceptions. He threw for no touchdowns against LSU and completed just 50 percent of his passes for 130 yards. Love may need a year of sitting on the bench to adjust to the NFL speed.
Projected Draft Range: First round pick-Second round pick