5 potential Vikings 2020 NFL Draft targets to know

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Jordan Love
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(Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Jordan Love
(Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Jordan Love /

Jordan Love – QB (Utah State)

Jordan Love is the quarterback from Utah State that caught the eyes of many during his sophomore season last year. He threw for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He averaged 44 completions to every one interception in 2018, which was pretty impressive for a young signal-caller.

Coming into his junior season this year, expectations were very high. Love had rumors swirling around him that with a strong season in 2019, he would be a top-10 selection in the upcoming draft.

Unfortunately, his numbers haven’t been too great during his 2019 campaign so far. He’s thrown nine interceptions, which is the most in his college football career, and just eight touchdowns to go with 1,620 yards through seven games.

So why would the Vikings consider drafting Love in the first round next year? Well first off, he’s a different type of quarterback than Kirk Cousins. Love is mobile, he can move around in the pocket well, and he’s very good at sensing pressure. Not only that, when he gets pressured on the edge, he slides up in the pocket nicely and can deliver a strike.

Love is very athletic and he possesses good size. Looking at his current 59.8 completion percentage, you might think he’s inaccurate when in fact, that isn’t the case. It would be nice to see more consistency from Love, but he has many traits that make him a desirable quarterback of the future for Minnesota. The Vikings could have him sit for one year behind Cousins and then he could take the reigns once Cousins’ massive contract is up in 2021.

With Cousins currently in the second season of his three-year, fully guaranteed contract, Minnesota isn’t going to move on from him after 2019. They’ll need to find a quarterback in the incoming draft class who will be able to fill the void when he’s gone as well as pick up the team’s offense. Sitting on the sidelines during his rookie season would be good for both Love and the future of the Vikings.