Jordan Love is one of the more interesting quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. While he's not receiving anywhere near the amount of buzz of prospects like Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert, who are all projected to be drafted in the first 10 picks, Love has a skill set that could attract a number of teams.
Seen as more of a project rather than a rookie starter, a team looking toward the future with their quarterback situation could have its eyes on Love, who is projected by many to be taken in the second round of April's draft.
With great athleticism and cannon-arm strength, Love struggled with turnovers in 2019, throwing 17 interceptions, compared to 20 touchdowns. That was a huge downswing from his 36 TDs and 6 interceptions in 2018. Nevertheless, sometimes a QB's measurables are too enticing for a team to ignore.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three surprising teams that could draft the Utah State quarterback to stash and develop for his rookie season.
1. Green Bay Packers
Yes Aaron Rodgers is still playing at an elite level, but set to turn 37 during next season, it's fair to consider how much more elite play he has left in the tank. Much like when the Packers drafted Rodgers and had him sit behind Brett Favre, they could draft and stash Jordan Love. Rodgers could continue to play at an elite level for the next couple seasons while Love learns the ropes behind him, then when the time is appropriate, the Packers should be able to slot Love right in without going through a full rebuild, just as they did when Rodgers became the starter.
2. Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is under contract through 2023, but will the Atlanta Falcons be prepared to give him another contract heading into his age 39 season? That will be a pressing question once his current deal is up, and that's before accounting for the fact that he could also choose to retire at that point. Love could sit behind Ryan and be brought into an offense that likes to air the ball out, which is an especially interesting proposition considering Calvin Ridley should be in his prime at that point.
3. Detroit Lions
There is a lot of speculation about what the Detroit Lions might do with the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft. They could go defense with Ohio State's Jeffery Okudah, they could trade the pick to one of the teams in dire need of a quarterback, or they could indeed draft a quarterback of their own. One of the first two might be the smarter play given their current quarterback situation. Yes, Matthew Stafford has had his fair share of worrisome injuries over the years, but he was playing like one of the best in the league prior to being sidelined in 2019. Waiting to draft Love would give Stafford the assurance of the starting role, while also providing a plan for the future or emergencies if and when Stafford can't do it anymore.
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