3. Jordan Love has the talent to help Packers win
Drafting Love might not have gone down too well with the fan base, but that speaks less about his talent or potential and more about the fact the Packers didn’t get Aaron Rodgers some more help. But there’s a good reason why the Packers traded up for Love. It’s because they believe in him. And there’s no doubt he’s a talented quarterback.
“Jordan Love has franchise quarterback qualities and should be regarded as a prospect with a Pro Bowl ceiling,” wrote The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs prior to the 2020 NFL Draft. While his 2019 performances declined from the season before, Crabbs noted that he “was a victim of poor supporting cast in many instances”.
Let’s not forget that the season prior, he threw for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah noted last year that while drafting Love would be no guarantee to work out, “the payoff could be huge”.
It’s clear the Packers also believe in his potential. Was it a risky move to draft him? Absolutely. It could go down as one of Brian Gutekunst’s biggest mistakes as GM, not just if the pick doesn’t work out, but also because of the uncertainty it has created with Aaron Rodgers’ future.
But there’s a reason why Love was a first-round pick. He has all the tools to be a special player.