In a stunning move, the Green Bay Packers traded from 30th up to 26th with the Miami Dolphins to draft Utah State QB Jordan Love.
Utah State was the only FBS program to offer Love a scholarship despite his excellent play at Liberty High School in Bakersfield (2,148 yards, 24 passing touchdowns; 806 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns). He looked like a future NFL starter while earning second-team All-Mountain West honors for the Aggies in 2018. Love ranked eighth in the FBS with 32 touchdown passes in 13 starts (267 of 417, 64.0 completion percentage, school single-season record 3,567 yards, six interceptions). His statistical production declined in 2019, garnering just honorable mention All-MWC honors as he threw an FBS-high 17 interceptions on the year (293 of 473, 62.0 completion percentage, 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns; 81 carries, 175 yards, 2.2 ypc). Love showed glimpses of his talent as a redshirt sophomore in 2017, starting six of 12 games played (129 of 235, 54.9 completion percentage, 1,631 yards, eight touchdowns, six interceptions). Love was cited for marijuana possession in December but the case was dismissed in January.
The move raised eye-brows with rumors surfacing last season that new head coach Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers not getting along. Is this another sign of a soured coach-quarterback relationship in Green Bay? It will be interesting to see the reaction from Rodgers and the Packers locker room on the big move by the Green Bay front offices.