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Joe Burrow Believes He Has ‘Leverage’ Over Bengals

Over the last few weeks, former LSU standout quarterback Joe Burrow has continued to make headlines. All of which has come from his comments concerning potentially becoming the first overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Burrow appears to be distancing himself a bit from the team with the growing sense that he doesn’t want to be taken by the franchise in the draft. The 2019 Heisman trophy winner looks to have upped the ante a bit with his most-recent stance.

Joe Burrow’s stance on the 1st overall pick

Following an impressive senior campaign that saw him throw 60 touchdown passes while leading LSU to a national championship, Burrow has been touted as being the clear-cut No.1 overall pick in this year’s draft.

That put the Bengals in the position to snag him with the top selection, but a growing hesitation from the 23-year-old seemingly has developed. That began with some interesting comments during his interview on the Dan Patrick Show days ahead of Super Bowl 54, where sounded cautious about wanting to be the No.1 overall pick by the Bengals.

“You want to go No. 1, but you also want to go to a great organization that’s committed to winning, committed to winning the Super Bowl. There’s a lot of factors that go into it. My dream always has been to play in the NFL. And the fact that I’m sitting on here, being in the conversation as the No. 1 pick, is honestly crazy to me. Watching the draft growing up – watching the guys walk out and hold their jerseys. There’s a lot of things that go into it, but it’s a huge honor.

His stance has given off the vibe that he may not want to be selected by the franchise, given his hesitations about their commitment to competing for the Super Bowl. Burrow has now doubled down on the vantage point that has further cemented that notion around him.

Joe Burrow feels he has “leverage” over Bengals

As the 2020 NFL Draft continues to draw closer, Burrow has become more vocal about his feeling around possibly being taken first overall by the Bengals.

He has remained grateful for that opportunity but has continued to voice statements that suggest he doesn’t want to wind up in Cincinnati. During a recent interview with Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Burrow stated that he has “leverage” in the situation.

“I do have leverage,” Burrow said. “They have their process and I have my process. We haven’t even gotten to the (NFL) combine yet. There’s a lot of things that happen leading up to the draft and a lot of information gathered.

“Right now, I’m focused on being the best football player I can be. I’m in this unique spot. You can go watch my film. I don’t have to prove myself at pro day and at the combine, so I’m in a unique spot where I can focus on getting ready for the year.”

Burrow didn’t explain further what he meant by that, but it’s easy to connect the dots with that being voicing his desire not to be taken first overall. That could range from various situations that involve him making it difficult for the Bengals.

It’s still a fluid situation, but it hard to believe he will wane in his stance that looks more and more like he doesn’t want to be selected by the Bengals.

Bengals have control of the situation

As much as Burrow’s underlying desire appears to be not playing for the Bengals, it’s a situation that’s out of his hands.

Cincinnati has a strong desire to make him their franchise quarterback to build around for the long haul. The team may have many areas of needed improvement, but there are no doubts about them wanting to take him in this year’s draft.

It things play out in the manner as expected, it will be interesting to see if Burrow could go to the extent Eli Manning did when the then-San Diego Chargers took him with the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Only time will tell how things will unfold.