After the 2018 season, Love was considered a 1st round talent, not a mid rounder.
We have guys at all kinds of college games, it's what hey are paid to do. We actually have guys devoted to college scouting, and specific guys devoted to multiple regions.
Matt Terpening Assistant Director of College Scouting
Mike Derice Area Scout
Chad Henry Area Scout
Byron Lusby Area Scout
Chris McGaha Area Scout
Jamie Moore Area Scout
Anthony Coughlan College Scouting Coordinator
Mike Lacy NFS Scout
Tyler Hughes Area Scout
Zerick Rollins Scouting Assistant
Anthony Foyt IV Scouting Assistant
I have no doubt that CB wasn't all in on JB early, and was scouting all kinds of QBs. The only difference, is when you go to Utah St, it's pretty obvious who you're there to see. When our scouts go to LSU, Bama, or Oregon for example, there are a bunch of players from their teams and likely from the opposing team, that we "could" be there to see. And scouts are mainstays at those schools so nobody cares of has a second though. Bama and LSU even have suites IIRC dedicated for pro scouts. Utah St however, small, and in the middle of nowhere, it's noticeable and big news.
No because that defeats the purpose of having rivers help groom a QB. With AC back we can get that QB at 13 if he is sold on one. We can even draft a OT in the second maybe with that 44th pick. Then we have a guy to groom and a good backup. Look for Trey Adams maybe. He has a injury history but has a history with the oline coach. But if we don’t think there is one there at 44 at least AC back we can put it off until next year. With AC back I think it puts QB first at 13 if they can get the one they want.
Unless the plan is to sign a veteran like Rivers and have Kelly be the backup and future. They did make him the highest paid practice squad player in the NFL last year. Why do that after you signed Hoyer for a couple of years. They must see a high upside. Rivers might be the perfect mentor for Kelly. Who knows but I guess anything is possible in this QB landscape.
Just an "effect".. Ok lol. And you didn't answer the question about how JB would look with all new starters along the OL, RB, WR, and TE... How many times did we listen to people saying JB just needed good WRs, while still having a top 5 OL, top 10 running game, and two of the better TEs in the league. We even had to listen to some blame the OL which was the hot take of the year...
Out of Love's top 3 WRs, two had zero stars (247 recruiting composite), and the only one to have any stars was the transfer from Utah who couldn't manage to start in 4 years... One of his top 3 WRs ran a 4.96 40 time (Nathan) lol.... Another, Thompkins, ran a 4.71 lol... Both are horribly slow for a WR. And both were small as hell (5-7, and 5-8)... An "effect" lol... Pascal, our slowest WR runs a 4.55.... That alone is huge, and that doesn't even begin to weight the OL, RB, D, coaches, scheme, etc..