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Bengals coaches already hinting at impressive Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow, Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals possess the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and the assistant coaches in Cincinnati are making it obvious who they are interested in. With three months to go until the draft, Cincinnati coaches are gushing over the possibility of selecting Joe Burrow, per the team’s own official website.

“He definitely checks off a lot of boxes early on in the evaluation process,” said [quarterbacks coach Alex] Van Pelt Wednesday via Geoff Hobson. “He obviously looks like a very intriguing guy.”

“He’s got natural pocket feel. He feels it,” [offensive coordinator Brian] Callahan said. “It seems like he never takes his eyes off down the field. He extends the play really, really well. He’s a lot faster than you might assume when you see him running away from all those SEC guys. He’s got incredible up-field accuracy. The ball hardly ever hits the ground in a game, which is rare. He just naturally puts the ball in places where those guys can make plays.”

For the majority of the season, it’s been a predetermined notion that the Bengals would select Burrow. Andy Dalton likely played his last down in Cincinnati and the Bengals are in dire need of a franchise quarterback.

In his final season at LSU, Burrow completed 76.3 of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Burrow, an Ohio native, also led LSU to a national championship over Clemson in his second graduate-transfer season.

When holding the first overall pick, the first position to consider is a quarterback. Luckily for the Bengals, Burrow seems to be a home run option and someone who can turn around a franchise.

The Bengals still have plenty of time to decide what they want to do with their first-round selection. But in the end, selecting anyone but Burrow doesn’t seem like a plausible choice.