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Report: Bengals have no intention of trading No. 1 pick in 2020 NFL Draft

Joe Burrow, Bengals

Welcome to the Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Burrow.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bengals have no intention of trading the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. They are widely speculated to choose LSU’s Burrow with that pick.

Barring an unforeseen change of circumstances, Burrow will be a Bengal in 2020 and beyond. For the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers and other NFL teams that may show interest in trading up to get him, that will not happen.

Cincinnati will likely draft a quarterback prospect coming off of one of the greatest seasons in college football history. In 2019, Burrow won the Heisman Trophy, a national championship and set the NCAA record for passing touchdowns in a season (60), all while going undefeated against a brutal schedule.

Burrow, an Ohio (Athens) native, has already spawned rave reviews from coaches within the Bengals’ organization.

He’s got natural pocket feel. He feels it,” [offensive coordinator Brian] Callahan said on Thursday, via the team’s official website. “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.”

If the Bengals draft Burrow as most expect them to do, the AFC North would have three of the last four Heisman Trophy winners starting at quarterback for their respective teams, as Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield lead the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, respectively.