The Bengals were the NFL’s worst team in 2019. With just two wins in Zac Taylor’s inaugural season, Cincinnati secured the No. 1 overall selection in the draft prior to Week 17.
That pick should be used on Joe Burrow.
Burrow led the LSU Tigers to a national championship just a few weeks ago. The Heisman winner was so much more than just the quarterback on the nation’s best team though. He had arguably the best season of any player in college history.
He threw for 5,671 yards and an insane 60 touchdowns. What was even more impressive was his first half against the No. 4-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Burrow accounted for seven touchdowns in the College Football Semifinal performance.
A talent you can’t pass up on, Burrow becomes even more special to Cincinnati when you realize that he’s from just a few hours northeast. Originally at Ohio State, Burrow has some desire to stay close to home, making Cincinnati the perfect professional destination.
Former Bengal great Boomer Esiason would agree. He tweeted out, in a few words, everything I just wrote. On top of that, he gave the Bengals a little warning, calling it “corporate suicide” to not draft him.
Here’s exactly how Boomer put it.
Ohio kid,Heisman winner, greatest single college season ever by a QB and the Bengals don’t draft him? That would be corporate suicide! UNLESS they got a MAJOR haul— Boomer Esiason (@7BOOMERESIASON) January 31, 2020
back for Burrow. These are special circumstances... ♂️ #Thelostfranchise
Esiason was a Bengal from 1984-1992, notching six straight 3,000-yard seasons. He’s easily one of the best quarterback to have come through Cincinnati, and his opinion on the future of the organization should hold some weight.
Everyone in the Queen City is expecting Burrow to start Week 1 in 2020, and if that isn’t the case, the team, led by owner Mike Brown and head coach Zac Taylor, may start to lose some of their loyal, diehard fans.