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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Joe Burrow

Big Board ranking: #4

Positional ranking: #2



Position: QB

College: LSU

Class: Senior (RS)

Age: 23



Height: 6’3 1/2”

Weight: 221 lbs.

Arm length: 30 7/8”

Hand size: 9”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: N/A

Vertical jump: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

Bench press: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A



Traditional and repeatable passing mechanics. Great intermediate/deep accuracy. Excellent ball placement and touch at all levels. Showed mastery distributing the ball to his playmakers in an NFL system. Consistently hits receivers in stride so they can run after the catch. Throws guys open against zone coverage. Has an innate ability to feel pressure and step up in the pocket. Doesn’t panic. Moves very well in and out of the pocket. Very accurate throwing on the run both to the right and left. Shows ideal ball security as a scrambler. Will gain chunk yardage on the ground when given space. Can make spectacular “second chance” throws when the play breaks down. Sells play-action fakes. Plays with supreme confidence and competitiveness. Routinely made clutch plays in big moments/games.



Arm strength is simply adequate. Had a lot of half-field reads. Not quite as decisive working through progressions against press coverage.


NFL comparison

Tony Romo



Overall, Burrow is a very accurate distributor that throws with great touch/anticipation at all levels of the field, and he can also beat a defense with his legs—both as a passer and runner—in big moments. The supporting cast at the next level will be key after he benefitted from LSU’s top-notch receivers, protection, and play-calling.


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