Burrow has decided to decline his invite to participate in the Senior Bowl, per Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy.
Had a great talk with @LSUfootball QB Joe Burrow last night and he decided to forgo the @seniorbowl to spend time with family. Our staff completely respects his decision and wish Joe nothing but the best. Some NFL team and city are getting a special player, person, and leader. pic.twitter.com/LZRqI5HPi6— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 18, 2020
Very rarely is the consensus favorite to go first-overall a redshirt senior, and it’s equally rare to see that same player partake in the Senior Bowl.
Burrow’s situation does not in any way require him to go down to Mobile, since his draft stock is already as high as it can possibly get. Even if he were to accept, him playing would be highly unlike since he suffered torn rib cartilage in his final game.
The upside for Burrow attending would’ve been for him to get aquatinted with the Bengals’ coaching staff for the first time, but he’ll have plenty of time to do that at the scouting combine and the weeks afterwards. Now, the Bengals will get to evaluate the other quarterbacks who could get drafted by other teams, along with several other players they could target in April’s draft.