The LSU Tigers completed their undefeated season and claimed a national title with a win over the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. LSU impressed in a lot of ways, but it was quarterback Joe Burrow who once again led the way. He finished off his Heisman season with 463 passing yards, 58 rushing yards, and six total touchdowns in the 42-25 victory.
Burrow has been the favorite to go No. 1 in the 2020 NFL Draft for much of the past two months since Tua Tagovailoa dislocated his hip against Mississippi State. It was looking like a potential two-player race for the top pick and maybe the Heisman Trophy, but after Tagovailoa got hurt, Burrow was locked in as “the guy” the rest of the way.
Burrow has impressed all season, but his final three game run in the SEC Championship Game, the CFP semifinal game, and Monday’s CFP National Championship is one of the greatest runs in recent history. In three games against fourth-ranked Georgia, fourth-ranked Oklahoma, and third-ranked Clemson, Burrow averaged 435 passing yards and just over five touchdown passes a game with zero interceptions.
The next three months will feature the Bengals doing all sorts of poking, prodding, and game assessment to determine if Burrow is the guy for them with the No. 1 pick. They need a quarterback, so barring something unforeseen, it’s hard to see them going in a different direction — outside of a Godfather offer for the pick.
And that will make the next three months fairly dull from a mock draft perspective — at least for the top pick. I have no doubt that some analysts will decide to play with hypotheticals for what might lead to someone else going first, but for now, a search of 2020 NFL mock drafts shows Burrow and then everybody else.
It’s hard to think of anything that would prevent him from going No. 1. Injuries or off-field incidents are the only possibilities, and those are no more than long shots. We’ll hear about his football flaws over the next three months, but nothing seems likely to derail this train.at