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Joe Burrow isn’t here for your Tom Brady comparisons

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Fair, fair.

NFL: FEB 25 Scouting Combine Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Has their ever been a quarterback prospect that’s been legitimately compared to Tom Brady? Not in the idealistic sense where he’s a late-round pick that comes off the bench and becomes a star. From a pure traits, playing style and character standpoint, have we ever seen that comparison before?

We’re seeing it happen with Joe Burrow.

Last month, Greg Cossell dropped the comparison on Ross Tucker’s podcast. Two weeks later at the NFL scouting combine, Daniel Jeremiah went a step further and flat out expanded on the comparison on live TV.

Needless to say, that’s a lot to live up to, and Burrow himself attempted to shut down the dialogue when asked about it during an on-field interview at the combine.

“Please don’t compare me to the best player of all time,” Burrow said. “Let me do my own thing. Don’t do that to me, please.”

Player comparisons have their relative value to gauge an understanding of what a player does well. The simple fact is Burrow’s mechanics, footwork and arm talent resemble that of Brady himself. Does that mean Burrow is destined to achieve Brady’s level of greatness? No one knows, but it’s not the point of making the comparison.

In Jeremiah’s defense, making that comparison is only viable when talking about a really good prospect, and Burrow is indeed that. From Burrow’s perspective, there’s enough pressure on him to turn around the Cincinnati Bengals, so his answer is completely understandable.

The Bengals don’t need Burrow to become Brady, but it helps that he brings a similar playing style to the most important position in American sports.