Joe Burrow was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft three years ago this week.
And so far, Burrow has been as advertised.
The former LSU standout led the Bengals to the Super Bowl in his second season with the franchise. Burrow nearly did it again this past season as Cincinnati reached the AFC Championship game for the second straight season, but they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in another classic game between the two powerhouses.
Burrow has pretty much entered superstardom with his play over the last three seasons (plus that magical season he had at LSU in 2019). And it seems like nearly everyone associated with the NFL agrees.
Former No. 2 overall draft pick Chris Long, a defensive end who spent 11 seasons in the NFL, recently made some strong (in a positive way) comments about Burrow. Long made the comments during a recent episode of his “Green Light Podcast”.
“When he first came out, I was one of the first people to say this, and people called me crazy — he reminds me of Tom Brady,” said Long. “Watching Tom Brady move in the pocket, and there’s no wasted movement he’s always in a position of strength, and Joe’s athletic as f—. Like he can get out and run…These subtle shifts and like his eyes are always downfield. It’s like watching a magician work back there. Everything he does, there’s no wasted movement.”
“He’s the perfect marriage of like perfect technique, but also just he’s got that dog,” added Long.
Burrow is what every NFL franchise that needs a quarterback is looking for. He has ideal NFL size, he has a good enough arm to make all the throws, and he’s extremely competitive.
Combine all of that with the way that he’s able to win over a locker room and you have the recipe for a superstar. And that’s exactly what Burrow has quickly become in the NFL.