The Cincinnati Bengals’ affinity with former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow quickly went from presumed to heavily implied.
Initial comments from various assistant coaches back in January then turned into higher praise after interviewing the Heisman trophy winner at the NFL combine. As everyone predicted, the Bengals have been locked in on Burrow.
Per The Cincinnati Enquirer, Burrow has not been moved from the top spot of the Bengals’ draft board since sometime in 2019.
Bengals sources told The Enquirer Burrow was at the top of the team’s draft board before the NFL regular season ended. Bengals brass were reaffirmed of their thoughts when they met Burrow for the first time at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine during an 18-minute formal interview.
Team sources who were part of the interview told The Enquirer Burrow was “smart” and “will be ready” for the NFL. Another source said Burrow is “the real deal.”
There’s nothing more for Burrow to do in terms of proving himself worthy of being the first-overall pick in the draft. The only reason why the Bengals wouldn’t pick him is if they felt another quarterback was better, and that’s simply not the case.
Like the other signal-callers in this class, Burrow isn’t the perfect prospect. His perceived issues, however, aren’t of any concern to the Bengals, including offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.
“Everything that I’ve seen on tape, there’s been nothing on there that says he can’t make any throw that you’re asking him to make,” Callahan said. “I have no reservations about his ability to throw the ball at every spot on the field in the NFL.”
Head coach Zac Taylor sees the same player Callahan does, and that’s why Burrow will be the pick. If there are no reservations about the No. 1 player on your board, and there’s a palpable sense of support from everyone in the organization and the fanbase, what’s left to discuss?
To the Miami Dolphins: good luck trading up to the top spot. To say it’ll be impossible is an understatement.