Several NFL analysts believe Joe Burrow is the correct choice for the Cincinnati Bengals this upcoming draft. However, there are concerns that he might refuse to play for the franchise due to their lack of success.
Burrow had a season for the ages with LSU. Not only did he win the Heisman Trophy, he led the Tigers to dominant wins over Clemson and Oklahoma en route to a national championship. He finished the season with 5,671 passing yards and 60 touchdown passes.
Even though fans in Cincinnati might be nervous that Burrow could refuse to play for the team, former LSU star and Super Bowl champion Tyrann Mathieu doesn't sound too concerned about that. When speaking with TMZ Sports, he said Burrow is so competitive he'd embrace the challenge of playing for the Bengals.
"I think he really put Louisiana on the map and did a lot of good things for LSU. I expect him to be the No. 1 pick in the draft," Mathieu told TMZ. "Joe is going to embrace the opportunity. He's super competitive and he knows he can be the guy. He'll have a great opportunity to change Cincinnati as a franchise."
Mathieu has known Burrow for the past couple of years, so it's wise to listen to his words.
We haven't seen many prospects refuse to play for teams in the past, but it's always a possibility. Eli Manning refused to play for the San Diego Chargers back in 2004.
Being the first overall pick in the draft is a major honor for any athlete. That alone could be enough to make Burrow happy about potentially going to Cincinnati.
Do you think Burrow would embrace the Bengals, or refuse to play for the franchise?