The last few weeks have turned things a bit on their head regarding former LSU standout quarterback Joe Burrow’s comments about possibly going first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Cincinnati Bengals. Burrow hasn’t exactly angled himself to be all in for that possibility as his stance on it has left the impression that he may not want to play for the Bengals. He has followed that up with even more puzzling statements that further brought attention to that notion ahead of this year’s draft. However, Burrow may have finally brought some clarity to that front about his desire to join Cincinnati.
Joe Burrow’s puzzling comments about the Bengals
It has been a whirlwind of rumors around Burrow since his comments on the Dan Patrick Show in the days leading up to Super Bowl 54.
The 23-year-old has drawn much attention to himself after he voiced some uncertainty about his desire to be the first overall selection by the Bengals in this year’s draft. During that now-infamous interview, Burrow stated that there was still has a process to go through and wants to go a team that is committed to winning the Super Bowl.
He added to the noise around him by voicing that he has “leverage” in the situation, which only ramped up the chatter that he could make things quite tricky if Cincinnati drafted him.
“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.”
All of that makes it difficult to draw any other conclusion than him wanting to be selected by another team aside from the Bengals. That said, Burrow has finally gotten the chance to straighten the narrative around him.
Joe Burrow clears the air
It has been a rough past few weeks for Burrow’s reputation as the notion grew towards that he had no desire to play for the Bengals.
The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner finally got his chance to clear things up on Tuesday morning at the Scouting Combine by stating that he will play for any team that selects him in this year’s draft. (H/T Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk)
“Yeah, I mean I’m not going to not play,” Burrow said. “I’m a ball player. Whoever picks me, I’m going to go show up.”
Burrow also downplayed his leverage comments, which he voiced were a reference to going through the Combine process, where he has elected not to throw. Despite the numerous tossed his way on Tuesday morning, he continued to voice that he will play whatever team takes him in April.
It was an opportunity for Burrow to shut down those discussions, and he may have done just that moving forward.
What’s next for Joe Burrow?
Although Burrow has declined the chance to throw at the Scouting Combine this week, there will be a significant focus on the interview process.
That is the lane that most teams get their true intel on the football knowledge and feel from the game for any player. Burrow will meet with the Bengals next week, which should provide more clarity on where things stand between both sides in the months ahead of the draft.
It may lead to an individual workout down the line in the next few weeks. If things remain the course, Burrow will be in line to become the first overall pick come April.