There’s a clear pecking order at quarterback among this year’s top draft prospects. It goes Joe Burrow, Tua Tagavailoa, Justin Herbert, then everyone else. The talent drop-off after those three is steep, though that hasn’t stopped teams from inquiring on Jordan Love.
Matt Wells, who recruited Love and served as his head coach at Utah State before leaving for the same position at Texas Tech, told ESPN he’s received calls from seven NFL coaches looking to gather intel on Love just in the past five days. Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Love’s list of suitors includes the Dolphins, Saints, Patriots, Chargers, Packers and Redskins. The Patriots and Chargers both lost veteran starters to free agency (Tom Brady and Philip Rivers) while the Packers and Saints could be seeking quarterbacks to succeed Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, respectively. The Dolphins seem likely to land one of Tagavailoa or Herbert with the fifth overall pick, though Love could be a fallback if Miami chooses to address a different need at that juncture (the Fins own two other first-round picks).
The Redskins’ reported interest in Love is harder to justify after drafting Dwayne Haskins last year, though Haskins’ rookie exploits were far from encouraging and new coach Ron Rivera may be tempted to go in another direction. Washington wouldn’t be the first team to admit defeat on a quarterback with first-round pedigree as the Cardinals needed only a year to figure out underachieving Josh Rosen wasn’t for them.
Love is coming off an abysmal season—his 17 interceptions in 2019 led all of FBS—but he was excellent the year prior and helped himself with a strong showing at the NFL Combine in February (75th percentile SPARQ score). NFL comps for Love have been all over the map. Rotoworld’s Thor Nystrom compares him favorably to fellow Mountain West product Colin Kaepernick, though Lance Zierlein of NFL.com thinks he’s more in the realm of Blake Bortles. Love will have to answer for last year’s turnover-fest, but his size (6’4”/224) and exceptional mobility could pave his path to first-round status.