MAQB: Do the Packers Believe Jordan Love Is Ready?

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Still working through my notes from the last few days …

• I don’t know how big a part of the equation this would play in the Packers’ decision-making, but I can say that I’m not convinced, based on a few things I’ve heard, the Packers believe Jordan Love is ready to be at the wheel for a championship team. Remember, for all this noise, Green Bay was a better fourth quarter away from the Super Bowl in January, and I do think when you’ve got a team like that, if you’re a GM like Brian Gutekunst or a coach like Matt LaFleur, it’s your responsibility to protect said team’s ability to compete for a title. And right now, I don’t get the sense that throwing Love out there would do that.

• I think it’s fair now to say that the class of player most affected by this year’s funky predraft process was the player carrying medical concerns. Tennessee G Trey Smith’s issue with blood clots from a few years back that nearly ended his football career wound up being a difficult one for team doctors to sign off on clearing—so a guy with great football character and a lot of on-field production, who may have been a Day 2 pick otherwise, slipped all the way to the sixth round. (One issue was that his play slipped a bit, which may have been in part because the medication he was on for the blood clots limited how much he could practice during the week.) Alabama LB Dylan Moses is another example. Now, the once-highly-touted Moses’s play flatlined after a promising freshman year, so that was a factor too. But just as big was the fact that he needed to get his knee shot up before every game just to be able to play last year. He wound up going undrafted, and signed with the Jaguars as a college free agent. Now, if this year there had been “30” visits, during which players can meet with team doctors, would it have made a difference? It’s hard to know for sure in individual cases. But what we can say is missing the opportunity to go on those trips sure didn’t help guys like Smith and Moses.





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