By: Steve Johnson
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
6’3 4/8″ 221 lbs
9″ hands. 30 7/8″ arms
DNP 40 DNP″ Vert. DNP″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle (Updated during combine)
2015: (at Ohio St.)*redshirted
2016: (at Ohio St.) 5 games. 22/28 for 226 yards. 2 TDs, 0 ints
2017: (at Ohio St.) 5 games. 7/11 for 61 yards.
2018: 13 games. 219/379 (57.8) for 2,894 yards. 16 TDs, 5 ints
2019: 13 games. 402/527 (76.3) for 5671 yards. 60 TDs, 6 ints
Misc. Stats: 258 att, 820 yards, 13 TDs; 1 rec for 16 yards in career
Accolades: 2019 First-team All-SEC, 2019 SEC Champion, 2019 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, 2019 Unanimous All-American, 2019 Davey O’Brien Award, 2019 Maxwell Award, 2019 Heisman Trophy
History: Four-star prospect out of Athens, OH. Ohio Mr. Football as a Senior at Athens High School. Also First-team All-State point guard for the basketball team. Grew up in a football family, both his older brothers, as well as his father, played at Nebraska. His father, Jimmy, has coached college football at Iowa St., Nebraska, North Dakota St., and Ohio University. Redshirted at Ohio St in 2015, backed up J.T. Barrett in 2016 and 2017 before transferring to LSU last year.
Strengths: Ideal height. Football intelligence is off the charts. His anticipation, pre snap read, and going through progressions are all ideal. Has a quick trigger. Spins a tight spiral and very catchable ball. Pinpoint accuracy at all three levels of the field. Better athlete than giving credit for. Footwork in the pocket is excellent. Has a feel for pressure. Excellent at regaining his balance when escaping pressure. His 2019 was one of the best performances we’ve ever seen at the collegiate level.
Weaknesses: A little thin framed, that you’d like to see add some meat. Stands tall in the pocket, but isn’t going to break many sacks. Doesn’t have all world arm strength. Can get you some yards here and there, but isn’t a real dual-threat. Hands are on the smaller side.
Overview: Burrow went from unwanted to top pick. In 2019, he raised his completion 18.5% more of his pass attempts, threw 2,777 more yards, and 44 more touchdowns. Those numbers are simply astronomical. You have to question how much was it the talent around him, as well as Joe Brady taking over the passing game. It would be dumb for whatever team drafts him (presumably Bengals) to not mix in the some of the same scheme LSU ran in 2019. Burrow has the intelligence and command to start day one in the NFL. The question is how high his ceiling is with elite physical traits. With his intelligence he should be the day one starter and face of the franchise, with future pro bowl potential.
Evaluation based on games. Texas ’19, Oklahoma ’19 (Peach Bowl), Georgia 19′ (SECC), Alabama ’19, Auburn ’19
Draft Projection: Early 1st
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 7.00
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