LSU QB Joe Burrow has been the overwhelming favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals ever since Zac Taylor’s team secured the top overall pick. But there are a lot of conflicting opinions as to what kind of QB the Bengals are getting from the record-setting signal caller.
In a recent piece on comparisons to NFL players, CBS Sports’ analysts compared Burrow to former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck. The analysts pointed to his combination of football IQ, progressions, accuracy and arm strength in the comparison.
Luck is tremendous company to be in. The former Colts QB was a consistent presence in the Pro Bowl, averaging over 60-percent completion for more than 275 yards per game.
Were it not for a litany of injuries that prompted him to retire last year, Luck would likely be well on his way to being one of the all-time greats.
However, there is one element to Andrew Luck’s game that wasn’t addressed in the comparison: Mobility. As close as Luck and Burrow might be in terms of arm and intelligence, Luck was a threat outside the pocket as well.
Between college and the NFL combined, Luck consistently rushed for four to five yards per carry or more each year. Burrow, on the other hand, averaged just 3.2 yards per carry in college.
But even if Burrow is only able to replicate Luck’s throwing ability, the Bengals could be looking at a bonafide franchise QB.
Who would you compare Joe Burrow to at the NFL level?