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Gil Brandt ranks Joe Burrow as top prospect in NFL Draft, compares him to Peyton Manning

“Burrow has enough ability to start and take a team to the playoffs.”

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Joe Burrow is widely viewed as the top quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.

But because of Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, Burrow isn’t widely viewed as the draft’s top prospect. Some rankings even have him behind names like Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, and Clemson defender Isaiah Simmons.

However, NFL scouting legend Gil Brandt thinks Burrow is the best of all the 2020 prospect, even comparing him to all-time great Peyton Manning.

Burrow reminds you of Peyton Manning. Burrow is faster than Manning, but his arm strength is equal — it’s good but not great. Burrow played on a team with lots of talent in 2019, including excellent receivers and a good running back who could catch the ball. Auburn tried to confuse Burrow with a new defense in Game 8 of the 2019 season, but he made adjustments quickly. Burrow finished the year with 60 touchdown passes and only six interceptions, competing 76.3 percent of his throws. He started 28 games at LSU with a 25-3 record. He’s an athlete who was an all-state basketball player in Ohio in high school. His dad and two brothers played at Nebraska, but Nebraska did not make an offer to him when he was coming out of high school. Very smart and aware, Burrow has enough ability to start and take a team to the playoffs. Note that he completed 66.4 percent of his passes under pressure. He’s also said to have good work habits.

That’s what Bengaldom likes to hear.