Because the best choice of the 2020 NFL Draft, Joe Burrow joins Cam Newton as the one gamers to win the Heisman, nationwide championship and be the No. 1 decide within the NFL Draft in the identical yr.
Joe Burrow changing into the primary decide within the draft places him in an unique membership.
Burrow was drafted first general by the Cincinnati Bengals throughout the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 23. The previous LSU Tiger took the NCAA by storm capping his profession by profitable the Heisman and a nationwide championship. These three accomplishments in a single yr put him in a triple crown membership the place he joins solely Cam Newton.
In Newton’s yr at Auburn, he had received the Heisman, Nationwide Championship Recreation and was drafted first general by the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Newton grew to become the quick starter for the Panthers and was the primary rookie quarterback to throw for 400-plus yards in his first two begins. He went on to win Rookie of the 12 months in 2011 and rushed for a quarterback-record of 14 touchdowns.
Newton went on to turn into a franchise quarterback for the Panthers from 2011-19. In 2015, he led a franchise-best 15-1 Panthers workforce to a Tremendous Bowl look the identical yr he received league MVP.
Seeing all that Newton achieved ought to carry pleasure to a Bengals fanbase. The Bengals want a franchise quarterback who can carry them to the postseason after which some. In spite of everything, the Bengals haven’t been to a Tremendous Bowl because the 1988 season and have but to win a postseason sport on this Millennium. With Burrow, the longer term appears brighter. Particularly if he continues the trail Newton took.
On the subject of the triple crown membership it’s value noting that now free agent Jameis Winston achieved all of these issues as effectively. Whereas Winston isn’t a member of that unique membership as a result of he didn’t do all of it in the identical yr. He received the Heisman and Florida State received the nationwide championship the yr earlier than he was the No. 1 decide after his redshirt sophomore yr. When evaluating this membership, it’s value noting because the Bengals would hope Burrow seems to be their man as Winston wasn’t the case in Tampa Bay.
Winston had some success within the NFL however simply didn’t pan out for the Buccaneers. He was a Rookie of the 12 months winner, a Professional Bowler in 2015 and led the league in passing yards in 2019. The place Winston fell quick was his management and turnovers. With teaching turnover and suspensions for off the sector troubles, Winston was by no means in a position to be the man for the Buccaneers.
The 2019 season, Winston’s fifth yr, was symbolic of his tenure there. They fell wanting the playoffs and whereas main the league in passing, he was the primary participant to throw for over 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the identical season. For each good, there was at all times a destructive.
Now they’ve changed Winston with Tom Brady.
The Bengals need their man for the longer term to final greater than 5 years. Burrow has the instruments to achieve success. He has a robust arm and could have two receiving threats in A.J. Inexperienced and Tyler Boyd. As a right away starter, he does have the weapons to be a Rookie of the 12 months winner like Newton and Winston. Extra importantly, Bengals want to provide him a basis so he’s arrange for achievement for years to return.
There’s no denying the tripe crown membership is a particular set accomplishment for a participant earlier than their first NFL snap. Nonetheless, the place will this result in with Burrow would be the burning query in Cincinnati. Along with his closest counterparts being Newton and Winston, the comparisons are on the market. The Bengals will probably be betting that Burrow can take the trail of Newton after which some.
Now that the Bengals have drafted their man, they’re actually betting on him being nearer to Newton than Winston.