A track star and four-star recruit out of Wake Forest, N.C., Love totaled 1,008 yards and five touchdowns on just 140 carries (7.2 average) from 2015-16 as an uber-efficient complement to Christian McCaffrey. As a starter in 2017, he erupted for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns on 263 carries (8.1 average) to become a Heisman finalist. He returned to school despite being a possible first-round pick but struggled through injury in 2018 (739 yards on 166 carries, 4.5 average) and tore his ACL in the regular-season finale.
Few home-run threats can match Love, who popped a run of at least 30 yards in all 13 games in 2017 and a run of at least 50 in 11 of 13. His blazing speed erases pursuit angles and quickly puts points on the board. He has a good feel for running lanes and above average agility, both in subtle movements and sharper jump cuts. He's tough, high character and a viable receiver despite limited usage in college.
Love's stock plunged in 2018 as he battled injury and inconsistent blocking, and he doesn't have the size (5-foot-9, 200 pounds) to be a sustaining back. His vision is inconsistent, and he isn't quite as fluid as his speed and agility would suggest. His lack of experience as a receiver and susceptibility as a blocker could keep him off the field on third downs, but he should at least be a change-of-pace weapon.
Projection: Fourth Round
--Field Level Media
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