Former LSU Football quarterback Joe Burrow was hit with the ultimate disrespect this week.
Burrow, the first overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft, was ranked far too low in NFL.com’s quarterback rankings.
According to NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, Burrow is the 26th best quarterback in the NFL.
Here’s what he had to say about Burrow:
I worry about the offensive line. I worry about the arm strength Burrow showed as a rookie. I worry about Zac Taylor. I worry about Burrow missing the offseason coming off a torn ACL. I worry he’ll take a step back in the areas of his game that are his calling cards — accuracy and uncanny confidence — coming off surgery.
That ranking is bad enough. But when you look at some of the quarterbacks ranked above Burrow, it’s even worse.
NFL.com’s ranking of Joe Burrow is laughable
Ranking Burrow at No. 26 is ridiculous, considering he was on pace to break Andrew Luck’s rookie passing record before an injury prematurely ended the former LSU star’s season.
But then there are the quarterbacks that NFL.com ranked above Burrow — that’s what makes these rankings particularly disrespectful.
Rosenthal has Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa ranked No. 25.
Tagovailoa, for the record, passed for 1,814 yards in 10 games (compared to Burrow’s 2,688 yards in 10 games) last year.
Rosenthal has New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones at No. 22, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence at No. 21, and New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson at No. 20.
(Fun fact: Burrow beat Tagovailoa and Lawrence while at LSU in 2019.)
How can three rookie quarterbacks be ranked above Burrow when they’ve never even played in a regular-season game?
Burrow proved last season that he has what it takes to be a top-tier quarterback in the NFL. Putting up over 2,600 yards in 10 games with a team coming off a 2-14 record the previous season is incredibly impressive.
But apparently, it wasn’t impressive enough for Rosenthal to view Burrow as a better option than a couple of quarterbacks who haven’t even played a down in a regular-season NFL game yet.
A year ago, Burrow was the most hyped rookie in the NFL.
Now, Rosenthal is basically viewing him as a bust.
Completely ridiculous. Rosenthal will undoubtedly regret sleeping on Burrow.