The Case for A Rookie (Jordan Love):
Now if the Titans did want to bring in a longer-term solution at quarterback, they might be able to find their guy in this year’s draft.
This year’s class is loaded with talent at the quarterback position and a potential franchise player might fall through the cracks with Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa getting all the attention. Leaving a player like Jordan Love to potentially fall a bit come draft night.
Now, expecting Love to fall into Tennessee’s lap with the 29th pick might be a touch too optimistic. Love is typically listed as the fourth-best quarterback in this year’s draft, behind Burrow, Tagovailoa, and Oregon’s Justin Herbert, but Love is still projected by most to be taken somewhere in the top 15.
But Jon Robinson has never shied away from an aggressive draft-day trade for a player that he likes. And despite a down junior season that saw the Utah State product throw 17 interceptions, there is still plenty to love about Love.
Love is not the same 6’ 4” quarterback prospect that Marcus Mariota was back in 2015, but they do share a degree of athleticism to their game.
While he probably won’t be seen flying by defenders for 87-yard touchdown runs in the pros, Love’s 4.74 40-yard dash time gives him a level of quickness to escape pressure and make plays with his feet if need be.
But the biggest asset to Love’s game is his strong arm. He’ll need to cut back slightly on the “gunslinger mentality” that got him into turnover trouble in college, but with his arm strength, he would give the Titans a deep ball threat unlike anything they’ve had recently.
The most important factor to the Titans drafting Love as a starter would be potential. We have seen what Tannehill can do with Tennessee, and we have 20 seasons worth of NFL tape on Brady, but Love is an unknown at this point. He could bust, for sure, but a talent like him has the potential to give the Titans an elite answer at quarterback now, and for the distant future.