Jordan Love and his mom arrived at Utah State dormitory in January 2016. Football coach Matt Wells and his wife, Jen, accepted him as their kid. Will the Patriots use him as a quarterback?
“When his mama dropped him off, she said, ‘Jen, take care of my baby. Matt, kick his butt,’ ” Wells told The Post. “That just shows tough love. She deserves so much credit for how she raised Jordan.”
Utah State was the only FBS scholarship offer Love received. Well, there may be a chance for him to end up with the Los Angeles Chargers. The New England Patriots may take him as No. 23 pick.
“I think he has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in this draft,” Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said. “I equate him to Patrick Mahomes in the sense that they both have playmaking ability and really natural arm talent.
“Three years removed, everyone is like, ‘How did Mahomes last to No. 12 [in 2017]?’ If this clicks for Jordan and he ends up in a good situation like Pat did in Kansas City, it could look crazy if he ends up outside the top 10.”
The Patriots need a quarterback
Love was a full-time starter in 2018. He completed 64 percent of his passes to go along with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. In 2019, Love had 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He was brilliant at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
tough player to evaluate because you have some of the best tape of anybody —
it’s beautiful to watch him throw a football, just real loose and explosive,”
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “And you have the issue of the
performance dropping off with all the reasons talked about. Decision-making is
a key component of that position, and that’s where there is some concern.”
Love may be an interesting prospect for the Patriots. Head
coach Bill Belichick needs a quarterback in 2020. Tom Brady signed with the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers now.
“Jordan throws the ball very well on the run and is accurate. He’s got the courage and enough arm strength to throw into tight windows,” said Wells, a former quarterback with 20 years of experience coaching the position. “All those things combined give him enough confidence to ad-lib a little bit and to be able to stretch defenses and extend plays when he is on the run.”
Love is 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds. He may be the perfect fit for the Pats.