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2020 Prospect Primer: QB Jordan Love

After a great Combine performance in Indianapolis, quarterback Jordan Love has started to move up mock draft boards.

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Utah State quarterback Jordan Love throws the ball during the NFL football scouting combine, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Indianapolis. (Aaron M. Sprecher via AP)

Name: Jordan Love

Position: Quarterback

School: Utah State

Height: 6-4

Weight: 225

NFL Grade: 6.35 ("Will be a starter within first two seasons")

Stats: A three-year starter at Utah State, the Bakersfield native put up impressive numbers as the Aggies' signal caller. In his second season under center following a 2018 injury, Love threw for 3,567 yards on 417 attempts, scoring 32 touchdowns against just six interceptions. Love also rushed for an additional seven touchdowns on the ground. He was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week five times that year and set single-season school records with his stat line.

Last season in 2019, Love garnered second-team All Mountain West honors from multiple outlets after throwing for 3,402 yards on 473 attempts, scoring 20 touchdowns while committing 17 interceptions. It ranked him third in the Mountain West and 23rd in the nation in passing yards. 

His Utah State career saw him set an Aggie record of 9,003 yards of total offense along with 12 career 300-yard passing games and four completions of at least 80 yards. He finished his Utah State career with a 61.2% completion rate for 8,600 yards with 60 touchdowns against 29 interceptions, ranking him second all-time in school history for passing yards.

Comments: Love saw his stock soar at the NFL Scouting Combine, getting his chance to shine alongside Oregon's Justin Herbert while both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa sat out on-field workouts. Love's arm was put on display as he threw to receivers on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was a needed bump for the quarterback who regressed his final year in school. According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, staff turnover and new offensive starters were partly to blame but Love's accuracy took a big hit. His redshirt sophomore season, Love threw for 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions. The latter number almost tripled in 2019 while his touchdowns dwindled.

His size, mobility and arm talent combined with his 2018 flashes could be a winning hand that leads a team into the future or a siren's song of erratic play and unfulfilled potential," writes Zierlein.

In today's NFL though, Love's skillset is highly sought after. As Zierlein says, he can stand tall in the pocket and is a natural thrower, but he's also mobile, able to evade pressure through athletic scrambles while keeping his eyes down field. The offenses he was a part of in college relied heavily on the deep ball and Love delivered, even setting a school record for most career passes over 80 yards.

His inconsistency is his biggest question mark, which is why a good Combine showing was extremely beneficial. Still, Zierlein mentions he often stares down his receivers and perhaps as a result has six games in college with multiple interceptions. That's partly due to his decision-making as well, which Zierlein says could use some work. Love is aware of this though and in Indianapolis, stressed that his success in the league will hinge on his ability to take care of the football.

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