BATON ROUGE, LA — Thanks to a stellar 297-yard and three touchdown performance in a 42-28 win over Florida, LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow is playing himself into both Heisman and NFL first round conversation.
Burrow, a native of Athens, OH and a former Mr. Ohio Football quarterback at Ohio State, transferred to LSU via the transfer portal following the elevation of current Washington Redskins first round pick, Dwayne Haskins at the Buckeyes starting quarterback.
So far, that decision is looking really smart for the graduate transfer from up north.
Through six games, Burrow has completed 79.6 percent of his passes for 2,157 yards, 25 touchdowns and three interceptions.
In helping transform LSU into a modern-day spread passing type of offense, Burrow has also played himself into a potential NFL first round prospect.
With names such as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Ohio State’s Justin Fields already on the radar of many NFL scouts and Heisman voters, the 6’4 216-pounder has the perfect size and build to be a traditional pure pocket passer at the next level. In addition, he also has enough mobility and confidence to make next-level type of throws that will wow front office personnel.
While LSU is not known for quarterbacks–except for perhaps the second biggest bust in NFL history in JaMarcus Russell–the Tigers may have unearthed a real gem in Burrow, as he has been lighting up SEC defenses with the greatest of ease.
With upcoming games vs. Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama, not only will Burrow have the chance to add to his growing Heisman campaign but also make a case for being a first round pick–and maybe the top overall one–next April.