The Green Bay Packers traded up with the Miami Dolphins from pick 30 to pick 26 to grab quarterback Jordan Love from Utah State. The pick surprised some analysts, who expected the Packers to get a weapon early for Aaron Rodgers, rather than picking a potential heir for the current starter.

In 2019, Love threw for over 3,400 yards for 20 touchdowns with Utah State. He is a native of Bakersfield, California, measuring at 6' 4" and 225 pounds.

ESPN's pundits during the NFL Draft broadcast pointed out a number of similarities between the Love draft pick and when the Packers picked Aaron Rodgers. Some of those similarities include:

  • Both Love and Rodgers are from California
  • Both were picked in the mid-20s overall (Rodgers 24, Love 26)
  • The Packers made their last two first-round QB picks while their current starting quarterback was in their mid-30s. Rodgers was drafted when Brett Favre was 35, while Love was picked as Rodgers is 36.
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Regardless of these coincidences, NFL.com rates among Love's strengths good arm strength and confidence, good vision and speed, and a tight spiral. Among his weaknesses include deep ball accuracy inconsistency, tendency to stare down receivers and telegraph passes, and a tendency to be flighty at times in a viable pocket.

Here are some 2019 highlights from Love: