No one knows yet where Joe Burrow will get drafted, but the LSU Tigers quarterback — who just had a season for the ages in college football — is presumed to be the top prospect heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. Considering the Cincinnati Bengals have the No. 1 selection, and are (probably) looking for a new signal-caller as they prepare to turn the page on the Andy Dalton era, it’s a safe bet that Burrow ends up back in his home state of Ohio.
Hell, if there’s any doubt the Bengals are gushing over the possibility of drafting Joe Burrow, just look at what Cincy’s offensive coordinator, Brian Callahan, had to say about the reigning Heisman Trophy winner when asked for the team’s website.
“He’s got natural pocket feel. He feels it,” Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said. “It seems like he never takes his eyes off down the field. He extends the play really, really well. He’s a lot faster than you might assume when you see him running away from all those SEC guys. He’s got incredible up-field accuracy. The ball hardly ever hits the ground in a game, which is rare. He just naturally puts the ball in places where those guys can make plays.”
If that’s not a ringing endorsement of the kid, what is? But could it all be a smokescreen for the Bengals to acquire more assets from other teams? Would they really play the entire league and consider trading down? According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it could be.
Recently talking on Get Up!, Schefter said that two notable teams could be interested in trading up to snag Joe Burrow — Chargers and the Panthers — which would be a major curveball when it comes to the NFL Draft in a few months. Here’s what the longtime NFL insider had to say.
It’s inevitable for any team holding the No. 1 pick to get calls from other teams, but Schefter’s report makes plenty of sense given the teams he mentioned, the Chargers and Panthers. Both franchises are nearing the end of the road for two all-timers in Philip Rivers and Cam Newton, respectively, and exploring a swap with the Bengals to have the right to draft Joe Burrow is a no-brainer. Does that mean something gets done? We’ll have to wait and see.
With the Panthers rumored to be looking to trade Newton sometime this offseason, and Rivers all but expecting his run with the Chargers to be over, either team would be wise to take a long look at the LSU quarterback.
While many believe Burrow is the undisputed leader when it comes to being drafted No. 1 overall, there are some who think a guy like Chase Young of Ohio State could be the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, Colin Cowherd of FS1’s already proclaiming Burrow to be a better quarterback than Baker Mayfield, so it’ll be interesting to see where Joe Burrow will get drafted when all is said and done.