It’s just the latest mock draft to prognosticate Love being the Colts man at #13, as Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller also projected the same result earlier on Monday.
At a measured 6’3 3/4”, 224 pounds, and a forty time of 4.74—with some impressive throws in Indianapolis, Love had a strong NFL Combine showing last week.
His stock is clearly on the rise.
In Jeremiah’s post-combine NFL mock draft, the Colts would pass on Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, and Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III in favor of Love at #13—while Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert would surprisingly slide to the New England Patriots all the way at #23 overall.
In his junior season, Love completed 293 of 473 passes (61.9%) for 3,402 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions in 13 starts.
While Love struggled with his decision-making at times last season—which led to turnovers, he also was not surrounded by the strongest supporting cast with the Aggies.
At times, he was forced to try to make plays and throws that otherwise weren’t there—and his receivers wouldn’t always give him the most help.
Additionally, Love needs to continue to work on his progression through reads and his accuracy at times.
Still, Love has the natural arm talent that scouts rave about—with the ability to throw lasers effortlessly and fit balls through tight windows. Not only this, but Love can throw the ball from different arm platforms while on the move and possesses exceptional mobility—with the keen ability to make big time passes under pressure out of the pocket.
Jeremiah isn’t the first analyst to predict the Colts to sign Philip Rivers—as there’s been plenty of smoke linking the longtime Chargers quarterback to his former offensive coordinator (now Colts head coach) Frank Reich in Indianapolis.
By signing Rivers, the Colts would have a veteran stopgap for the next year or two, who could mentor Love in the short-term before the incredibly gifted, yet still raw, Love, could fully assume the starting duties as soon as 2021.
The young quarterback could use a “redshirt” NFL year to continue to grow and develop—while fine-tuning his progressions as a passer and getting rid of any bad throwing habits.
It’s a blueprint that was previously deployed by the Kansas City Chiefs with Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes—and after Mahomes just hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, we now know was proved to pure perfection.
It’ll be interesting to see if Love is ultimately the Colts selection at #13 overall come late April, but general manager Chris Ballard has been scouting him for the better part of two years now—and he could present the Colts with their best potential means of finding an elite franchise quarterback again in time—without completely bottoming out.