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2020 Draft Profile: LSU QB Joe Burrow 'possesses many elite qualities'

LSU QB Joe Burrow

2019 stats: 15 games, 5,671 passing yards, 60 touchdowns, six interceptions, 76.3 completion percentage, 368 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns

Height / Weight: 6'3" / 221 lbs

Accolades: Heisman Trophy (2019), Maxwell Award (2019), Walter Camp Award (2019), Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (2019), Davey O'Brien Award (2019), Manning Award (2019), AP College Football Player of the Year (2019), Unanimous All-American (2019), SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2019), First-Team All-SEC (2019), National Champion (2019), College Football Playoff National Championship Offensive MVP (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #2

Giants current depth at QB: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney's Daniel Jeremiah: Burrow has solid size for the position and he possesses many elite qualities. He operated out of the 'gun in the LSU spread attack and he is extremely accurate, efficient and instinctive. He is very smooth in his drop and he has the ability to process through his reads at a rapid pace. He throws with anticipation and he can naturally layer the ball over and under coverage. He doesn't have top-shelf arm strength when driving the ball outside the numbers. He relies more on timing/touch. He doesn't flinch versus pressure when he sees something he likes down the field. If he needs to buy time, he can slide and climb the pocket with excellent feel/awareness. He has a nice burst when he leaves the pocket and he is more than a capable runner. Overall, Burrow lacks special arm strength, but his combination of poise, accuracy and toughness is very appealing.

View photos of LSU QB Joe Burrow.’s Lance Zierlein: People's champ with rags-to-riches story arc culminating in one of the greatest one-year turnarounds in sports history. He's self-assured and plays with competitive toughness that teammates will gravitate toward instantly. He's a rhythm passer who benefited from tempo and scheme, but his vision, touch and read recognition made the offense special. He buys time for himself inside the pocket, but creates explosive, off-schedule plays outside of it with his arm or legs. He throws with staggering precision and timing, but he recognizes his own arm-strength constraints and is forced to shrink the field accordingly. His 2018 tape and unremarkable physical traits could clutter his evaluation for some, but he appears to be an outlier who simply developed and blossomed beyond those evaluation concerns. He's a smart quarterback with special intangibles and could become a Pro Bowler if a team tailors its offense to his specific strengths and comfort level.

ESPN's Mel Kiper: Burrow's final line in his Heisman-winning season: 60 touchdown passes with just six interceptions while completing 76.3% of his passes. Those are unreal numbers. Oh, and he led 15-0 LSU to a national title. I don't think there's any doubt now that Burrow has cemented his spot as the top quarterback in this draft. His improvement was one of the greatest stories of the season after he started 2019 as a fringe NFL prospect. With a great release, much better accuracy at all levels of the field and enough athleticism to maneuver the pocket to evade rushers, Burrow reminds me of Tony Romo. Coaches rave about his leadership and toughness too. And I'm not worried about his hand size.

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