At 6-foot-4, 224 pounds, Love has the ideal size coaches look for in an NFL-caliber quarterback. He ran a 4.74 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and has shown the ability throughout his collegiate career to keep plays alive with his feet. Based on MockDraftable, Love’s closest comparison is former Wisconsin quarterback, Joel Stave.
He’s drawn similar comparisons to fellow 2020 draftee Cole McDonald, but the latter showed more consistency between his sophomore and junior seasons. Addressing the white elephant in the room, yes, Dak Prescott is listed as a comparison, but that’s merely their NFL Combine measurements.
While both guys have strong arms, I don’t see a direct correlation in Love’s game that puts him on a Prescott trajectory in the NFL.
Love is being overhyped because it’s a top-heavy quarterback draft class, and he also has a strong arm. I reviewed his film against LSU from last season because it’s arguably the closest thing to an NFL defense. On the day, Love went 15-of-30 for 130 yards and three interceptions. He made some encouraging throws to keep Utah State in it, but LSU was too much on their way to a National Championship.
He has a much better deep ball than some of the other quarterbacks in this draft class and can hit open receivers downfield. Last year, Love completed 68 percent of his passes between the 40s, including a season-long 56-yard pass.