At the combine on Tuesday, the LSU quarterback told reporters that he'll play for "whoever drafts" him.
"[Cincinnati is] 2 hours, 15 minutes from my house. I'm here now, I just want to show why I was invited", he said. Fortunately, the Heisman Trophy victor seems like he is going to be able to take the criticism in stride. "That's every kids' dream", Burrow said. "I've worked really, really hard for this opportunity, and I'm blessed to be in this position", Burrow said.
Burrow said he had been reluctant to speak openly about playing for Cincinnati because he didn't want to seem presumptuous about being the No. 1 pick. "I'm going to try to find a veteran that's done it for 10-plus years and try to just mimic what he does". It's the draft. You guys have been covering it for a long time. "As I've said, our goal is to sign as many of our guys as we can sign, but I'm not going to get into commenting, going down each player". Ryan Tannehill and Jared Goff, the others with that hand size, were both instructed by current Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor. "We looked at the kickoff", he said. "Now that we're here, we're going to make the best decision we can for this franchise". But it sounds like the Bengals may have only eyes for Burrow.
Burrow embraced a question about his confidence level being similar to Mayfield by saying that he hopes his ability to know what was coming on Saturdays in college football translates to Sundays in the NFL.
Tobin said the Bengals have spoken to a lot of people who know Burrow about his personality. Honestly, I just want to be able play again.
"Coming from southeast OH, it's a very impoverished area and the poverty rate is nearly two times the national average", Burrow said in his speech.
He won't rock out until April 3 at his pro day at LSU, 20 days before the draft. And why should he? After his measurements surfaced, Burrow hilariously announced that he's considering retirement.
The Cowboys have a bonafide quarterback in Dak Prescott, who passed for 4,902 yards last season, but enters free agency this offseason.
Burrow said on Dan Patrick's radio show last month that it was important for him to keep winning in the National Football League and that while he wanted to be the first overall pick, "you also want to go to a great organization that is committed to winning".