Barring a major surprise, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow will be the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals have the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and they need a quarterback.
Insert LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
It’s abundantly obvious — unless there’s a trade — that Cincinnati will take Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in April.
But the Bengals aren’t quite ready to tip their hand just yet.
Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor recently spoke with Bengals.com and was of course asked about Burrow.
We’ve started the process of evaluating him. We certainly have a long way to go before making decisions on what we’re doing with the first pick. That’s been exciting.
I mean, surely they’ve been watching him all season. The entire sports world has been watching Burrow.
And while I get that Cincinnati wants to do their due diligence, they’re not fooling anyone by being coy.
Bengals quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt was a little more forthcoming when discussing Burrow. He wouldn’t explicitly say that Cincinnati is taking him with the first pick, but Van Pelt was still quite complimentary, telling Bengals.com that Burrow is “as advertised”.
Van Pelt added “He definitely checks off a lot of boxes early on in the evaluation process….he obviously looks like a very intriguing guy”.
Yeah, I’d say passing for over 5,600 yards and 60 touchdowns (while only throwing six interceptions) is more than intriguing. It’s mesmerizing.
Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, in the same interview, pointed out that Burrow is “faster than you might assume”. He also said that Burrow has “incredible up-field accuracy”, while noting “the ball hardly ever hits the ground in a game”.
It sounds to me like Cincinnati is enamored with Burrow, they just don’t want anyone to know it.
Though I’m not sure why. The fact that Burrow is returning to Ohio in 2020 is the worst kept secret in the world.
Cincy might as well pencil Burrow in on their depth chart — he’s all but a Bengal at this point.