SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Jordan Love’s dream has finally come true. The former Aggie quarterback is headed to Green Bay after the Packers traded up four spots to grab him with the 26th pick.
“I’m just super excited. It’s all excitement right now,” said Love. “I didn’t know what to expect coming into this, so I’m just super excited. I had some good talks with the coaching staff here in Green Bay so I’m excited.
“I already know I can learn a lot from Aaron Rodgers. That’s one of the GOATs right there in the game and I’m excited to be able to come back behind him and just learn as much as I can.”
Love burst onto the national scene with his sophomore campaign in 2018 when he threw 32 touchdowns to just six interceptions. In 2019, Love took a step back with a whole new coaching staff and offensive system, throwing just 20 touchdowns and an FBS-leading 17 interceptions.
Love’s arm strength may be the best of any quarterback in the draft. He’s been compared to Patrick Mahomes with the throws he can make. The biggest knock against him is his decision making, but scouts believe that can be corrected.
Through three seasons at Utah State, Love set eight single-season school records and three career school records, including 9,003 yards of total offense and 12 career 300-yard passing games.
Love is the ninth Aggie ever to be drafted by the Packers organization joining guard Lionel Aldridge (4/54) in 1963, defensive tackle Doug Gosnell (8/194) in 1969, defensive back Bob Fuhriman (13/321) in 1975, quarterback Keith Myers (9/228) in 1978, wide receiver Ron Cassidy (8/193) in 1979, tight end John Thompson (9/235) in 1979, defensive back Ed Berry (7/183) in 1986 and linebacker Kyler Fackrell (3/88) in 2016.
Love, who redshirted at Utah State during the 2016 season, started 32 of the 38 games he played in and is USU’s second-winningest quarterback in school history with a 21-11 (.656) record. He earned second-team all-Mountain West honors as a sophomore and was named to the conference’s honorable mention team as a junior.
Overall, Love set school records with 9,003 yards of total offense, 12 career 300-yard passing games and four completions of at least 80 yards. He finished his career 689-of-1,125 (.612) passing for 8,600 yards with 60 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He ranks second all-time in school history in passing yards, completions and attempts, is tied for second all-time in touchdown passes, and is third in completion percentage. He is also second all-time in school history with three 400-yard passing games.
During his time at Utah State, he threw five touchdown passes in a game twice, four or more touchdown passes in a game five times, three or more touchdown passes in a game nine times and multiple touchdown passes in a game 16 times.
Utah State First Round NFL Draft Picks
Year Pick Player Team Position
1962 3 Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams DT
1964 7 Bill Munson Los Angeles Rams QB
1968 13 MacArthur Lane St. Louis Cardinals RB
1970 4 Phil Olsen Boston Patriots DT
2020 26 Jordan Love Green Bay Packers QB