2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU QB Joe Burrow

Brian Lamb
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Joe Burrow Scouting Report

Height: 6’4

Weight: 216 lbs.


Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist – 2019
Maxwell Award Semifinalist – 2019
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist – 2019


Joe Burrow is a two-year starter for LSU after transferring from Ohio State.  Burrow has had a breakout season in 2019 after head coach Ed Orgeron converted the offense to a spread-style play.  Joe Burrow was a four-star recruiting prospect per ESPN and 247 Sports.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown Joe Burrow’s mechanics and predict his future as an NFL quarterback in this scouting report.

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What I Like:

Downfield Accuracy

Joe Burrow drops a dime on this play against the University of Texas.  The receiver does a nice job of holding the red line to give Burrow the space towrope this ball where only the receiver can get it.  This throw has nice velocity on its well, but ultimately it’s just an elite placement from Joe Burrow here.



What I Dislike:

Poor Decisions On Throws Downfield

Joe Burrow typically works within the short intermediate range of field, but decides to take a shot on first down here.  This ball is slightly under thrown, and into double coverage, resulting in an interception.  Joe Burrow doesn’t make a ton of bad decisions, and this game was by far his worst this season, but I do have concerns with his velocity on throws downfield or across the field.



Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Ability To Escape The Pocket For Additional Yards

Joe Burrow does a nice job of picking up the broken protection on the right side of the offensive line and climbing the pocket to escape.  Burrow has good athleticism and acceleration to get upfield quickly and shows a nice ability to read the field quickly and find an open running lane upfield.  He isn’t able to run for the first down, but it’s these types of plays from Joe Burrow that have him so high on our draft boards.



Overall Breakdown

Has solid height and weight for the quarterback position.  Displays solid acceleration to escape the pocket and get upfield quickly.  Shows to have good balance to shed tackles inside the pocket and remain upright with eyes downfield.  Has solid balance to remain upright when making cuts a or quick change of direction when out in space eluding defenders.  Displays a good ability to reach his top end speed quickly when climbing the pocket to escape pressure.  Has a solid ability to manipulate coverage through head movements and pump fakes.  Displays good ability to throw accurate passes and with anticipation on slants and plays in the flats.  Displays a good ability to throw accurate fades and corner routes in the redzone.  Shows to have a solid ability to make quick reads and throw accurate passes on intermediate throws across the middle of the field.  

Displays solid to good accuracy on balls deep downfield.  Displays a good ability to place the ball where only the receiver can make a play on deep fade routes into the endzone.  Has solid arm strength on short and intermediate throws.  Has solid athleticism to run bootlegs and play action plays efficiently.  Displays solid throwing mechanics on passes outside of the pocket.  Shows to have a good ability to sense that the pocket is collapsing and to climb the pocket to escape the pressure.  Displays a good ability to escape a muddy pocket while still keeping his eyes downfield.  Has a good ability to remain in a collapsing pocket to throw accurate passes.  Shows a solid ability to progress through his reads quickly and efficiently.  Displays a solid ability to drop accurate passes on routes along the sidelines.

Has adequate arm strength on throws deep or across the field as throws tend to flutter.  Displays an adequate ability to pickup broken protection from his blind side.  Shows to have an adequate ability to escape the pocket once protection has broken down, especially from the outside inwards.


2020 NFL Draft Projection

Top-Fifteen Overall Pick

Joe Burrow has taken huge strides in his development as LSU has switched to a spread offense.  Burrow is considered by most to be a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, which could provide a boost for his draft stock.  If he participates in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, look for his draft stock to increase even more.  With a season-ending injury to Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow could end up being as high as a top-five or top-ten overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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