The Packers Trade Up, Draft QB Jordan Love

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Well the Packers did what many thought they may do, but no one really expected. They moved up from 30 to 26 to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. They traded pick #30 and #136 to move up.

The 6’4, 225 lb quarterback started about two and a half seasons at Utah State. He had an outstanding sophomore season throwing for just over 3,500 yards, 32 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions. That season got him second team all Mountain West Conference and MVP of the New Mexico Bowl. His junior year at Utah State was not as good. He threw for 3,400 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.

Stating the obvious, Jordan Love’s size is a huge strength. A lot of scouts and analysts have made the Patrick Mahomes comparison. Love has a big arm and can make throws from all different platforms and arm slots. He ran 4.74 40-yard dash and has above average athleticism. That allows him to make plays with his legs when need be.

The biggest knock on Love is his decision making. He threw 17 interceptions his final year at Utah State. Many scouts say his arm talent is suburb, but he maybe trusts it too much. Packer fans saw that for nearly two decades. He has the tendency to get flustered under pressure, which causes his mechanics to suffer. Thankfully that is something that can be fixed with coaching.

The bottom line is the Packers made this pick for 3-4 years from now. I know this doesn’t sit well with a lot of fans, and I don’t blame them. A team that was a game away from the Super Bowl should consider a pick to help them right now, not down the road. Jordan Love has some tremendous ability, that can’t be debated. What could help the Packers is he will be sitting for the next few years learning from one of the best to ever sling it. Hopefully watching the quarterback with the best td to int ratio in the history of the game will help his decision-making when his time comes.

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