Details have emerged from Joe Burrow’s first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Burrow, the likely No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, calmed Bengals fans nerves earlier this week when he confirmed he wouldn’t sit out if Cincinnati selected him. Some had suggested Burrow “pull an Eli Manning” and sit out.
“I’m not going to not play,” Burrow told reporters at the NFL Combine on Tuesday morning. “I’m a ballplayer. Whoever takes me, I’m going to go show up.”
Burrow met with the Bengals today. Cincinnati had a strong group in town for the meeting with the LSU Tigers star.
Per the team website, Bengals owner Mike Brown joined the group from Cincinnati for today's visit with Joe Burrow here in Indy. https://t.co/rAqTbigNeg
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) February 27, 2020
The Bengals released some details from the meeting on their team website:
During the 18-minute interview session, Burrow, looking more and more like he could be the Bengals’ next franchise quarterback, reportedly had an engaged give-and-take with everybody from Bengals president Mike Brown, head coach Zac Taylor, director of player personnel Duke Tobin and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan. One club official not among that group said it was the best interview he had ever attended.
Brown, whose last two first- or second-round quarterbacks have accounted for five Pro Bowls, four AFC North titles and 230 starts for the Bengals, apparently broke the ice with some general pleasantries as the coaches delved into the football side of it in a meeting chaired by director of college scouting Mike Potts and aided by quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher running the tape.
Burrow will not be working out at the NFL Combine, but he went through physical measurements and he’ll meet with teams.
The NFL Combine is set to run through Monday.