Summer Scouting: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

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Photo Credits: Jordan Love

Player Name: Jordan Love

Position: Quarterback

School: Utah State

Height/Weight: 6’4”, 220 lbs

Classification: Redshirt Junior

Passing

   

Passing

Year

School

Conf

Class

Pos

G

Cmp

Att

Pct

Yds

Y/A

AY/A

TD

Int

Rate

*2017

Utah State

MWC

FR

QB

12

129

235

54.9

1631

6.9

6.5

8

6

119.3

*2018

Utah State

MWC

SO

QB

13

267

417

64.0

3567

8.6

9.4

32

6

158.3

Career

Utah State

       

396

652

60.7

5198

8.0

8.4

40

12

144.3

 

Rushing & Receiving

   

Rushing

Receiving

Scrimmage

Year

School

Conf

Class

Pos

G

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

Plays

Yds

Avg

TD

*2017

Utah State

MWC

FR

QB

12

46

165

3.6

2

0

0

 

0

46

165

3.6

2

*2018

Utah State

MWC

SO

QB

13

43

63

1.5

7

0

0

 

0

43

63

1.5

7

Career

Utah State

       

89

228

2.6

9

0

0

 

0

89

228

2.6

9

 

Coming off of a so-so 2017 season that saw the Utah State Aggies football program finish with a 6-7 overall record, the 2018 season served as a course of uncertainty under now Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Matt Wells. Three straight losing seasons, an unproven roster and uncertainty at the quarterback position all presented some varied levels of concern for the Aggies program.

Those concerns quickly dwindled after a near upset victory over Michigan State in their first game of the season. That performance, although somewhat bitter sweet, showed the potential improvement that the Aggies would enjoy over the course of the remaining schedule. That season of course would see the program elevate to an 11-2 record, a top 25 finish and a 52-13 victory over North Texas in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

And now after several key departures this off season (wide receivers Jalen Greene, Ron’quavion Tarver, running back Darwin Thompson and tight end Dax Raymonnd), the Aggies are left to lean on perhaps their biggest reason for such a huge turnaround in 2018, starting quarterback Jordan Love.

Love had a dynamite redshirt sophomore season, where he improved significantly across the board in almost every single statistical category. On the field, Love demonstrated some of the most tantalizing bucket throws and off script plays in the entire country.

If he is able to build off of the success from this past season, Jordan Love could solidify himself as one of the more intriguing signal callers in the 2020 NFL Draft class. In a world where Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert are the presumed favorites to capture the crown as top draft eligible signal caller, Love could be presented as a dark horse candidate to be selected among the top of the class as well. It’s all going to come down to getting past the small school versus large school stigma, and dig into the traits and how they could translate.

Just how good can Jordan Love be? How high could his draft stock rise? I am here to say… he is on the cusp of leaving the summer evaluation period as my Quarterback 1.

 

Pocket awareness/Mechanics:

Lower body mechanics are generally consistent, with a balanced frame. Maintains active feet even through resetting his platform, always staying in an established throwing position. Love has a quick trigger, getting the football out with no hitches or lack of urgency.

He demonstrates urgent footwork throughout his drop, gaining proper depth. His urgency is not consistent stepping up in the pocket as it is during his drop back. He rarely navigates the pocket moving forward, choosing to  settle into deeper pocket positions. He is much more of a settler than a stepper. With an emphasis on stepping up into the pocket, it will only increase his ability to put velocity on the football. Despite his complacency within a deeper pocket, Love rarely falls off of his spot, avoiding fade away/fall back throws.

Perhaps my favorite trait of Love’s game is the conviction he continues to throw with.

No matter the throw angle or different platform, Love has confidence in his ability to hit every window. There is no absence of confidence from Love’s game, exuding his belief through every release point with magnificent posture.

 

Accuracy/ball placement:

Outside of the pocket, Love has some of the more impressive throws on the move you will see in the class. Shows good posture on the move, sporting an effortless delivery with velocity.

Ball placement has been consistent on film giving his receivers the opportunity to continue their up field momentum.

Generally stays on his spot but he does show some instances of inconsistent platform. That inconsistency can hurt what is generally his best overall trait, accuracy. He rarely has the football die before the catch point, throwing any arm strength concerns out of the window.

His ability to put touch on the football outside of the numbers is one of his elite traits. There have been glimpses of short arming balls in this area of the field occasionally. He has a tendency to at times rely too much on his arm, leaving his legs with no drive or sometimes flat footed all together.

 

Arm Strength/Touch:

As mentioned, his touch is absurd. He has the most ridiculous/effortless bucket throws I have seen so far in the 2020 NFL Draft class. His deep throws are the money maker.

You can take that area of his game straight to the bank. He has such a natural feel for changing arm speeds, knowing when to take something off in order to hit the appropriate angle trajectory needed.

When tasked with hitting tight windows, Love has more than enough juice to fit it in with relative ease. No matter the velocity or depth of throw, Love is a very easy thrower of the football who always sports a tight spiral, and highly catchable football.

Quite frankly, arm talent is where Jordan Love separates himself from the majority of the quarterback class. Aside from someone like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Washington’s Jacob Eason, Love is head and shoulders as far as arm talent amongst the entirety of the 2020 NFL Draft quarterback class.

 

Progression:

Ability to go through progressions is my biggest concern/question mark of Jordan Love’s game at this point (well besides the level of competition jump of course). Right now Love’s eyes tell the story on the field. He often stares down his first read, which causes him to be slightly late moving to his second option.

Luckily for Love, he has a quick trigger that can make up for any delay in progression. He has shown the ability to be patient through route progressions, showing the ability to work down to his check down. There is not much past a two read progression for Love but that will hopefully improve as he gains more responsibility within the offense.

Anything expanding past a second read is a result of off script plays by Love, showing an uncanny feel for field awareness. He has shown almost no instances on field of moving safeties to attack vertically. In those rare occurrences, Love does show the ability to hold enough in the middle of the field to attack outside the numbers, especially against a Cover 2 shell.

 

Physical Profile:

Love hits all the size and athletic thresholds that talent evaluators value. He is listed at 6’4” and 220 pounds and still has the frame to add some significant mass to his body.

As an athlete, Love projects to be above average, with the ability to equally hurt defenses moving the chains with his legs, and as a passer outside of the pocket.

He also checks all the arm strengths thresholds, showing the ability to fit the football into some very tight quarters. With this type of physical profile, the projection for Love’s future successes is limitless. He is everything you would draw up in a teams quest for that franchise quarterback.

The sky is truly the limit. 

Bottom Line:

They don’t make many quarterbacks that seem to check every box like Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. You want size? You got it. You want arm strength? You got it. You want athleticism? You got it. You want touch and accuracy? Oh boy do you got it! It isn’t hard to see my friends. The young man makes some throws that make you hit the rewind button.

As we currently stand early in summer evaluations, it sits as quite the hot take to mention Love in the same category as guys like Tua, Herbert and Georgia’s Jake Fromm. Well consider me hot I guess. I may just be ahead of the curve, but Love is my projection to finish at worst as quarterback two in the 2020 NFL Draft class.

As draft season really gets under way and the college football season finally arrives, Love will have an opportunity to catapult his name amongst the presumed NFL Draft elite. At that point I will no longer have to talk this take into existent. I will just be the one who told everyone first. 

Oh and he can block people! QB1!