Cincinnati Bengals head coach makes bold prediction after drafting Joe Burrow

Former LSU football QB Joe Burrow (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Former LSU football QB Joe Burrow (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor made a bold prediction after the selection of LSU football’s Joe Burrow.

To the shock of absolutely no one, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU football’s Joe Burrow with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

There wasn’t much drama leading up to the pick. Everyone knew Burrow was the best player in the draft. The only question was whether or not a team would be able to make a strong enough offer for the Bengals to give up the No. 1 overall pick.

The Miami Dolphins made some attempts (though it’s not clear what they offered), but ultimately the Bengals made the wise to decision to keep the pick and take Burrow.

After the pick was made, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor hopped on a conference call to discuss Burrow with reporters.

And he made a very bold prediction.

When Taylor was asked how big of a moment picking Burrow was for the franchise, he replied “We will never pick No. 1 again. We don’t want to pick in the top 10 again.”

I think he’s probably right… long as Burrow is in town.

There’s no doubt the Bengals need a lot of work. There’s a reason they were in a position to select Burrow in the first place.

But Burrow has the talent and the confidence to make the Bengals relevant in the AFC. Burrow elevates the play of those around him, which is something that Cincinnati loved about him during the pre-draft process.

“He (Burrow) pushes everybody to their limits just because that’s the standard he’s set for himself”, said Taylor.

“That’s just expectation for everybody around him. And that’s why he played for a state championship in high school, and that’s why he played for a National Championship at LSU.”

Taylor said Burrow would be competing for the Bengals’ starting job this summer, but he wouldn’t reveal whether or not he thought the former Tigers quarterback would be Cincinnati’s opening day starter.

I wouldn’t expect Taylor to say otherwise, but we all know teams don’t pick a player with the first overall pick unless they’re expecting that player to start from day one.

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If Burrow isn’t under center for the Bengals in September (or whenever the season starts), barring injury, I’d be shocked.