Is Joe Burrow the next Bengals quarterback?
Joe Burrow, quarterback of the 9-0 LSU Tigers, is making his name known in the football world. On Saturday, Burrow did the unthinkable, he walked into Tuscaloosa and put up 46 points on Alabama in a thrilling 46-41 victory.
Coming into the highly anticipated matchup, all the media hype was surrounding Tua Tagavailoa, who was coming back from an ankle injury that held him out against Arkansas the previous week. Tua had an impressive performance, throwing for 418 yards and 4 touchdowns while committing 2 turnovers.
While Tua had a good showing, Burrow was nothing short of magnificent in the game, throwing completing 31 of 39 passes for 393 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also showed his mobility, running 14 times for 64 yards.
Many draft scouts have talked about Tua being the best quarterback in this draft class throughout the year. He has had a mind-boggling statistical year, passing for 2,584 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Joe Burrow has respectively had an even more impressive statistical season, passing for 3,198 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
After out-dueling Tua on Saturday, Burrow now has a firm grip on the highly coveted Heisman trophy, having analysts believe it is “his to lose” for the remainder of the college football season. Not only does it feel like Burrow dethroned Tua from a potential Heisman trophy, he may have dethroned him as the number 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Scouts across the country are re-thinking their rankings, moving Burrow up to the number 1 spot. This brings the question, should the Bengals draft Burrow over Tua?
Burrow looks like a match made in heaven for the Bengals. For starters, he’s an Ohio native. He played high school football at Athens High School in Ohio, showing out on the football field, earning him a spot with Ohio State.
He eventually transferred to LSU, where he is now making a name for himself. Burrow also offers great size at the quarterback position, listing at 6’4”, 216 lbs. The Bengals are in need of a quarterback who can implement a winning culture in Cincy, and Joe Burrow may be the person who answers the call and changes the future outlook of Bengals football.