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Packers draft Jordan Love with 26th pick

Quarterback Jordan Love goes to the Green Bay Packers with the 26th pick in the 2020 draft. We break down his fantasy football potential as a rookie and long term.

North quarterback Jordan Love of Utah State throws during Senior Bowl practice at University of South Alabama s Jaguar Football Practice Facility. Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Have the Green Bay Packers found Aaron Rodgers’ successor? They drafted Utah State’s Jordan Love with the 24th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He might not be playing anytime soon, but he’ll have an opportunity to learn behind one of the best.

Love’s 2019 stats weren’t as impressive as the numbers he put up in 2018. He recorded 3,420 passing yards and 20 touchdowns with 17 interceptions in his final season at Utah State after tallying 3,567 passing yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions the year before. He only led the Aggies to a 7-6 record in his final collegiate campaign after losing his head coach and quality personnel on the offensive side of the ball.

Scouting Report

Love is a natural passer who can make tough throws while utilizing a variety of arm angles. His size and athleticism is ideal, and he’s drawn some comparisons to Patrick Mahomes because But his overconfidence in his abilities can get him into trouble. He trusts his receivers to come down with 50/50 balls to a fault sometimes and also struggles with his footwork in certain situations. But his knack for making plays can’t be taught.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

There’s a good chance Love won’t see the field during the regular season in 2020 unless Rodgers gets hurt. Love has more playmaking ability than the two backups already on Green Bay’s roster, but he won’t be able to maximize the potential of Green Bay’s lackluster receiving corps. Love is a few years away from being considered as a season-long fantasy football option.

Long-term

Love’s decision making could make it tough for him to find a consistent role in the NFL. If he develops his fundamentals, he could be one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the league. Love will either be a top 10 quarterback, or a backup sitting outside of the top 30. Whether the system he plays in allows him to make full use of his instincts will play a big part in his success. It’s boom or bust for Love.