The Cincinnati Bengals have the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Most expect them to take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. So it’s not surprising to hear that Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has already spoken to Burrow’s father about trying to get him to play in the Senior Bowl this winter.
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy was on the “Stick to Football Podcast” with Matt Miller of Bleacher Report when he dropped this knowledge on Burrow and the Bengals.
The Bengals will be coaching one of the two teams at the Senior Bowl, so it’s understandable that they’d be interested in having Burrow play that week.
The big question we have here is why in the world would Burrow risk his health to play in an All-Star game ahead of the draft when his status as likely top pick wouldn’t change if he abstains?
As much as it would feel reassuring to Cincinnati if Burrow was so willing to spend an entire week with the Bengals coaching staff at the Senior Bowl, it really makes little sense for the young man from a business perspective.
Everyone knows that Burrow to Cincinnati is already almost a lock. Heck, he’s already been handed a Bengals helmet recently, and the video of that exchange was pretty great. So, while the Bengals and their fans would get jazzed about Burrow playing in the Senior Bowl this winter, we’d advise nobody hold their breath.