Everyone wants to find the next athletic gunslinger that’s going to take the NFL by storm. The next Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson. Heck, maybe even the Patrick Mahomes. Seeing how much these types of players have found success in today’s NFL, teams are willing to do more and more to make sure they get their guy.
In CBS Sports’ latest mock draft by Pete Prisco, he has the Chargers passing on Justin Herbert to select Utah State’s Jordan Love. He also made this pick all the while the likes of Derrick Brown, Isaiah Simmons, and Tristan Wirfs were still on the board. So in this scenario you can say that Prisco decided to create a situation where the Chargers knew who their guy was and they stuck to their guns to make the pick, even with the wealth of talent still on the board.
Jordan Love’s ceiling might be higher than any QB in this draft. Imagine him sitting a year behind Brees pic.twitter.com/SAjIw6yD69— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) February 28, 2020
His explanation was fairly short:
“They need to get a developmental passer and Love would seem to fit. He didn’t play well last season, but he’s a talent.”
Love is a popular sleeper pick to go a bit higher than most think he should. After an incredible sophomore season where he threw for 32 touchdowns, rushed for seven more, and tossed just six interceptions, he followed it up with an unfortunate outing in 2019. After losing a number of starters and coaches from his breakout campaign, Love fell just short of his 2019 total with 3,402 yards passing and struggled to a 20:17 touchdown to interception ratio and no extra touchdowns on the ground.
If he were to go in the top-10 to the Chargers, or to anybody for that matter, it would be the same as last year when the Giants selected quarterback Daniel Jones or when the Raiders selected defensive end Clellin Ferrell so much earlier than anyone expected.
But when teams feel like they know someone is “their” guy, sometimes there’s just no stopping them.