Scout Report – Joe Burrow

  • Position: Quarterback
  • College: LSU Tigers
  • GridironGuy Position Rank: 1 of 11
  • NFL Draft Tracker Position Rank: N/A

Age: 22 | Height: 6’4 | Weight: 216 lbs
NFL Size Comparison: Matt Ryan

RESUME:

  • 2nd most pass attempts in the SEC Conference (401)
  • 2nd most pass completions in the nation for the season (314)
    • Most pass completions on the season in the SEC
  • Highest pass completion percentage in the nation (78.3%)
  • 2nd most passing yards in the nation for the season (4,366)
    • Most passing yards for the season in the SEC
  • 2nd most passing touchdowns in the nation (44)
    • Most passing touchdowns in the SEC for the season
  • 10th highest career passing efficiency rating in NCAA history (168.3)
  • Best Game: @ Ole Miss (W 58-37)
    • 32/42 | 489 pass yards | 5 TD – 2 INT | 9 att | 26 rush yards
  • Played against 4 ranked opponents (as of now)
    • @ #9 Texas (W 45-38)
      • 31/39 | 471 pass yard | 4 TD – 1 INT | 9 att | 8 rush yard
    • v. #7 Florida (W 42-28)
      • 21/24 | 293 pass yard | 3 TD – 0 INT | 6 att | 43 rush yard
    • v. #9 Auburn (W 23-20)
      • 32/42 | 321 pass yard | 1 TD – 1 INT | 13 att | 31 rush yard | 1 rush TD
    • @ #3 Alabama (W 46-41)
      • 31/39 | 393 pass yard | 3 TD – 0 INT | 14 att | 64 rush yard
    • v. #4 Georgia (SEC Championship)
      • N/A
  • Played against 4 defenses that have averaged 20 or fewer points allowed
    • Florida
    • Auburn
    • Alabama
    • Georgia
  • Mr. Football Award (Ohio) (2014)
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (2019)

Strengths:

  • Excellent pocket mobility
  • Great pocket presence to sense the pressure coming
  • Effective internal clock, knows when he needs to move
  • Can be mobile when needed
  • Excellent short and medium range accuracy
  • Shows good football IQ and ability to read a defense
  • Great utilization of pass trajectories and touch
  • Good deep ball accuracy
  • Can maintain throwing ability when under pressure
  • Excellent vision to see the field and find the open man
  • Provided unparalleled consistency regardless of strength of opposing defense
  • Well disciplined eyes keep scanning the field throughout the entire play

Weaknesses:

  • Does not maintain form when throwing outside of the pocket or on the move
  • Footwork can become sloppy if rushed or needing to throw quickly
  • Underwhelming ability to sell the fake
  • Lacks evasive skills to shed sacks

Bold Predictions:

  • Draft Placement: 1st Round
  • Plays Like: N/A
  • Ceiling: NFL All-Pro
  • Floor: NFL Backup

Overview:

Burrow is easily the best QB in the 2020 draft. His vision, intelligence, and ability to throw the ball are second to none in the draft class. Fundamentals are strong, but what makes Burrow such a valuable prospect is his level of consistency against various levels of defenses. Whether playing against ranked opponents or mid tier opponents, Burrow has made it a point to not let his level of production drop or spike too much. Burrow has the ability to put the ball into tight windows and is extremely accurate at almost every distance of the field. The only major flaws to his game is his footwork, especially under pressure or when needing to leave the pocket, an his inability to sell the fake on PA or RPO. That being said, Burrow is easily the best prospect for the QB position, and it would be insane to pick any other QB before him.

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