With Jordan Love, Jalen Hurts, and Justin Herbert already in the fold, the 2020 Senior Bowl will feature ample quarterback talent. That trio will have the opportunity to increase their respective draft stocks by spending a week in Mobile, Alabama in front of NFL teams and their scouts.
Joe Burrow has more to lose than to gain by going to the Senior Bowl, but the Cincinnati Bengals would still prefer if he was present while their coaching staff runs the South team.
This became evident when Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy said on the Stick to Football podcast that Bengals head coach Zac Taylor reached out to Burrow’s family in an effort to convince the Heisman winner to accept his invite.
Nagy did express his hope that Burrow will decide to accept after the College Football Playoff National Championship (Monday, 8 ET, ESPN), but said Taylor has been an additional recruiting force to get Burrow down to Mobile.
“I always enlist anyone I can to help us recruit for the game and Zac Taylor has reached out to the Burrow family,” Nagy said. “And there are some really cool Nebraska ties there...Joe’s two older brothers were (Nebraska) Cornhuskers ands obviously Zac Taylor played quarterback there...so there’s a lot of crossover there in terms of people they know and things of that nature.”
The Nebraska connection is something that hasn’t been brought up yet in regards to Burrow and Taylor, but it is potentially a useful one. Taylor did play quarterback there, his dad was an assistant coach there, and it was where Burrow wanted to play quarterback as well. Nebraska never offered Burrow a scholarship, and have probably been kicking themselves because of that after seeing how this season transpired.
Going back to the basic logic at hand, the Bengals will want to spend as much time as possible with Burrow, so it makes all the sense in the world that the head coach is making an effort to achieve that. Burrow probably wouldn’t even have to play in the actual game; just being around and talking to Taylor’s staff for the week is all they could desire from this.
If Taylor’s efforts pay off, you can probably sharpie Burrow’s name of the Bengals’ draft card after you previously wrote it in pen.