Modified 28 Apr 2020, 00:04 IST
Jordan Love has the same problem popping out of school to that confronted by Patrick Mahomes when he was drafted, in accordance with Stats Carry out’s Ethan Cooperson.
Analysis Analyst Cooperson has crunched the numbers and given his verdict on the 2020 NFL Draft.
Some of the controversial choices was the Inexperienced Bay Packers buying and selling as much as quantity 26 and choosing Utah State quarterback Love.
That transfer got here regardless of having Aaron Rodgers, one of many recreation’s greats, at quarterback following a season the place he took the Packers to the NFC Championship recreation.
Turnovers are a weak point for Love and he now has an opportunity to work on his recreation like Mahomes, who sat behind veteran Alex Smith for all however one recreation of his rookie season with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Mahomes went on to be named the NFL MVP in 2018 and Tremendous Bowl MVP final season as he led the Chiefs to glory.
“Very attention-grabbing, I can rank this as each and a nasty choose,” stated Cooperson.
“It is fairly fascinating whenever you have a look at Love’s unusual 2019 season, 17 interceptions, it was probably the most in FBS [Football Bowl Subdivision] and but he was drafted within the first spherical. There is a good comparability to make with Mahomes.
“In Mahomes’ final two seasons at Texas Tech, he threw 25 interceptions. That was fourth-most in FBS over these two seasons, 2015 and 2016.
“So what did the Chiefs do once they drafted him? Introduced him in, had him sit out virtually the whole 2017 season behind Alex Smith.
“Love goes to do this for a 12 months, two years, behind Rodgers. What’s comparable between Smith and Rodgers? They do not throw interceptions.
“Smith is eighth in NFL historical past for lowest interception proportion, Rodgers is first. So on this sense, this makes plenty of sense.
“Mahomes has are available and he is been an MVP and a Tremendous Bowl MVP. So possibly Love is available in and he learns the specifics of defending the soccer, not throwing interceptions.
“He follows the trail of Mahomes in an ideal world for the Packers. So in that sense, it’s transfer.”
— Inexperienced Bay Packers (@packers) April 27, 2020
Cooperson’s foremost considerations over the choose are whether or not or not it was a smart use of premium draft useful resource that might have been used to enhance on key weaknesses.
He added: “Inexperienced Bay has made the playoffs in 10 of the final 11 years wherein Rodgers has been wholesome and began not less than half of their video games. Final 12 months they reached the Convention Championship recreation.
“If Rodgers is wholesome, Inexperienced Bay is in rivalry. Why would not you, for those who’re the Packers, focus your draft on bettering your run protection?
“Final 12 months they allowed 4.7 yards per carry within the common season, allowed 285 yards and 4 dashing touchdowns within the Championship recreation.
“Are Inexperienced Bay pondering to the longer term too early? Wanting on the numbers, whereas not everyone seems to be Tom Brady, quarterbacks can play up till they’re 40 and nonetheless be among the many best possible.
“Taking a first-round choose and pondering that he will sit for greater than two years behind Rodgers… it does appear very unusual for a workforce that very effectively might be able to win now.”