The Cincinnati Bengals, in just a week and a half, will be on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. While the virtual delivery will take away some of the excitement, the Bengals are expected to draft their franchise quarterback, Joe Burrow.
Coming off an NCAA Championship and a Heisman Trophy, Burrow was easily college football’s best quarterback. And, although he doesn’t have the biggest cannon in the draft, Burrow is still widely expected to be the top pick.
For a two-win Bengals, that’s excited, especially given Burrow track record for success. It wasn’t just his few seasons at LSU that Burrow led a thriving team. He’s been doing it his entire athletic career.
Hoping on The Big Podcast with Shaq, Burrow said “I’ve never had a losing season in sports from the moment I was five years old. I’m not a loser.” His track record speaks for itself, and it backs Burrow’s claim.
That said, he’s facing his biggest challenge yet — taking the two-win Bengals from a team at the bottom of the AFC North to one competing for a playoff spot. But, he’s not along in his quest.
The Bengals have bolster their defense with Trae Waynes, D.J. Reader and Vonn Bell. They franchised-tagged A.J. Green; they still have Joe Mixon leading the backfield. This team will be dynamic, and it will be up to Burrow to take them to the next level.
In his final season at LSU, Burrow threw for 60 touchdowns and over 5,600 yards. While Burrow didn’t throw at the combine, Bengals’ scouts should have all they need in order to make an accurate decision on who they want leading their team for the long-term future.
As it currently stands, all signs around the Queen City point to Burrow being their guy, and with that comes renewed and hopefully spirits, something the team entered last season with as well.
Over the last four seasons, the Bengals have gone 21-42-1.