Another NFL Mock Draft has been released, and this time, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Indianapolis Colts selecting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 13th overall pick:
The athletically gifted, yet still raw Aggies quarterback has a bit of a “Cult following” among Colts fans already—who hope their quarterback needy franchise ultimately selects him.
The 6’3.5”, 223 pound quarterback is coming off a season for the Aggies in 2019, in which he completed 293 of 473 passes (61.9%) for 3,402 total passing yards, 20 touchdown passes, and 17 interceptions.
Blessed with a big arm (and huge hands) and escapability—with the ability to extend plays, Love has drawn comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes—who just tore up the Tennessee Titans defense en route to taking his team to this year’s Super Bowl.
Even if squinting, it’s not hard to see some similarities in the two’s playing style, mobility, and ability to really throw the ball effectively from different arm angles while under duress:
Utah State QB Jordan Love has the prettiest throw in the NCAA.— charlie white (@_charliewhite_) October 5, 2019
Definitely has a lot of other things to work on, but if he lands on the right team he has limitless potential. #UtahState pic.twitter.com/KEE7lkAMkV
Jordan Love vs Boise State— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) November 24, 2019
Consistently makes jaw dropping plays. The live arm, the escape-ability; he stands to make a lot of bad play calls right. pic.twitter.com/j2O4Vpukbe
Jordan Love has accessed full-on bonkers mode today. Words don’t do his arm justice. pic.twitter.com/d1R5SNtji1— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) November 16, 2019
Jordan Love at LSU— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) October 5, 2019
Here’s the Mahomes comp you’ve seen. In addition to trusting his back side development from his front side read, he shows you the arm talent by ripping it with velocity without an established platform. pic.twitter.com/ESAXpyb8FD
Of course, it would be quite a stretch at this juncture to say that Love is the next Patrick Mahomes—who’s the NFL’s reigning MVP.
If he were, he’d be competing among LSU’s Joe Burrow to be the #1 pick (arguably even surpassing him) and wouldn’t even be under consideration for the Colts all the way at #13 overall.
Love has his fair share of accuracy and decision-making flaws as evidenced by his 17 interceptions this past season—although with a stronger supporting cast, he may have realistically been able to make more plays while mitigating his overall turnovers.
However, if he were a more polished passing product like let’s say Burrow, he wouldn’t even be an option for the Colts, so that’s part of the risk-reward analysis of having him potentially available with the 13th overall pick.
Even if Love is the watered down, “lite” version of Mahomes, that’s still a significant upgrade to incumbent starter Jacoby Brissett bigger picture—who showed an inability to generate big plays for the Colts passing offense this past season—which was exasperated by his reluctance to throw the ball downfield.
Love isn’t like that. He’s much more of a “gunslinger”—unafraid to fit the football through tight windows—even if it costs him at times.
The Colts could sit and develop Love behind Brissett—who is under contract for one more year, or perhaps another veteran starter for at least part of the 2020 regular season, before fully handing him the starting reins for the foreseeable future.
It’s similar to the brilliant blueprint the Chiefs previously executed with Mahomes and former veteran Pro Bowl starter Alex Smith.
Love is so incredibly talented with his ability to make all the throws and his exceptional mobility, that he should be under strong consideration for the Colts with the 13th overall pick—or even potentially later on in this April’s NFL Draft.