Jordan Love has certainly been one of this year's early winners at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. He was officially measured with the second-biggest hands among all QBs at the combine at 10 5/8 inches, falling just 1/8 inch behind Michigan State's Brian Lewerke (10 5/8 inches) for the top spot.
Love caught some of the national spotlight attention after an incredible 2018 sophomore season that saw him toss for more than 3,500 passing yards and 32 touchdowns with just six interceptions, and his 6-foot-3-6/8-inch, 224-pound frame has really caught the eyes of NFL scouts too. With various NFL Draft analysts actively debating exactly where Love might go in the 2020 NFL Draft, here's a look at four of the teams that could be most likely to go after him this April.
Jordan Love Draft Projection
4. Las Vegas Raiders (No. 12 or No. 19 Pick)
Thanks to shipping off high-level talents like Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack in recent seasons, the Las Vegas Raiders are now flush with draft assets, including the No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Derek Carr doesn't appear to be the long-term answer at QB, and if Love's still available by the No. 12 pick, the Raiders could have a chance to sit on him before coming back around to snag him at No. 19 just ahead of another potential suitor in the New England Patriots.
3. Indianapolis Colts (No. 13 Pick)
Right before the start of last season, the Indianapolis Colts were blindsided by the sudden retirement of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett stepped up and filled in admirably, but clearly has not done enough for the Colts to have confidence in him as the starting quarterback of the future. Currently projected to have the second-most cap space in the NFL at roughly $86.1 million, the Colts could even consider passing on an edge-rush talent like Javon Kinlaw to reach for Love with their No. 13 overall pick with the ability to ink an elite pass-rusher or second top-tier WR to further bolster a roster in free agency. With Brissett also entering the final year of his contract, Love could take over as a full-time starter next season in an attractive starting QB situation with a receiving core headlined by T.Y. Hilton, one of league's best offensive lines and a solid defense. Love could start his NFL career surrounded by a great foundation and with everything he needs to learn the ropes and succeed.
2. Carolina Panthers (No. 7 Pick)
The Carolina Panthers could have an incredibly tough decision to make with their No. 7 overall pick in this year's draft. With Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert – the consensus top-3 QB prospects in this class – likely to come off the board in the first six picks, Carolina could find itself as the odd team out as the fourth QB-needy franchise. While some analysts, like Josh Edwards of CBS Sports, believe Love could go as early as the No. 6 pick, the Panthers could feel the pressure to pull the trigger on a high-upside project and potential franchise QB like Love with their first pick if he's still on the board at No. 7.
1. New England Patriots (No. 23 Pick)
With Tom Brady keeping his decision on where (or if) he will play next season close to the vest, the New England Patriots' future is in flux. However, if Brady decides to move on from New England, the Pats could be in prime position to find their next franchise QB toward the end of the first round in Jordan Love. With Burrow, Tagovailoa and Herbert all projected to come off the board before Love, the Patriots could have a legitimate shot at him just as long as the Panthers take a pass on him with their No. 7 overall pick.
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