Updated mock draft has Joe Burrow being taken with No. 1 overall pick
With the college football season just about at the midway point, several scouting websites have begun evaluating which players have raised or lowered their NFL draft stock in the first part of the 2019 season. There can’t be any player who’s done more for his potential NFL career in the first seven weeks of 2019 than LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
In fact, the latest mock draft from Pro Football Focus has Burrow coming off the board at No. 1 to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“Burrow has sustained elite play every game for half a season,” Michael Renner wrote in his 2020 NFL Mock Draft at PFF. “He’s torched one of the best secondaries in college football. He’s got a stronger arm and quicker release that Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. We’ve never seen a quarterback with a higher passing grade through the first seven weeks of the season. He may not be at the top of boards right now, but he’s shooting his way up there.”
Interestingly, Alabama signal caller Tua Tagovailoa, who most analysts have been deeming as the top pick in the 2020 draft for almost a year, went No. 10 to the Los Angeles Chargers on Renner’s mock draft.
There’s plenty of time left for Tagovailoa to reclaim the consensus No. 1 draft pick spot, and keep in mind, there’s no guarantee the Bengals get the No. 1 pick, especially with the Miami Dolphins seemingly tanking since the beginning of the season, but with the way Burrow has played, it’s hard to argue with Renner’s assessment at the midway point of the season.
Burrow is averaging 11.6 yards per pass with almost an 80 percent completion percentage this season. He also has 25 touchdowns versus only three interceptions.