LSU quarterback Joe Burrow finished up his collegiate career with yet another brilliant performance in a blowout win over the Clemson Tigers in Monday night’s National Championship Game.
It’s now time for the highly-regarded signal caller to turn his attention to the pre-draft process and the annual event in Las Vegas this coming April.
It’s also time for the downtrodden Cincinnati Bengals to pretty much close up shop on their big board for the No. 1 overall pick. Select Burrow, and don’t think twice.
The short of it: Cincinnati has pretty much been in quarterback purgatory since Carson Palmer suffered an elbow injury in 2008 and never really returned to form. Sorry, Andy Dalton was the definition of quarterback purgatory during his career.
There’s a lot of high-level prospects heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. None of them will make the same franchise-altering impact as Mr. Burrow. And that’s the biggest key.
Don’t make the mistake: There has to be some draw to selecting Ohio State product Chase Young No. 1 overall. We’re here to say that makes absolutely no sense.
Some experts believe that Young will be a better pro than former OSU teammates Nick Bosa. While that’s debatable, we know he won’t have the same impact as a quartrback. The draw here would be to go with a player who dominated in Ohio over the past couple seasons. A way to cater to Bengals fans. What? A PR clinic when fans in Cincinnati have not seen this team win a playoff game since George H.W. Bush was manning the White House and Bengals head coach Zac Taylor a mere seven years old. Come on, now!
The Zac Taylor dynamic: Cincinnati hired an offensive-minded head coach who worked wonders with Jared Goff in Los Angeles. The fit is perfect.
It’s all about not overthinking his. Taylor was brought on to bring the Bengals to the modern era of the NFL. That’s an offensive-minded coach with an ability to get the most out of a quarterback. Taylor’s ability to be a head coach is still in question after a two-win 2019 campaign. Prior to 2019, the 36-year-old had never been even a full-time coordinator at the NFL level. In order for Cincinnati’s brass to make this work, Taylor needs to get that one quarterback under center to help him out. It would be akin to Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco and the Patrick Mahomes-Andy Reid relationship in Kansas City.
We’re not talking about your average quarterback: What Burrow did this past season for the Tigers is historical. It’s unprecedented.