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Bengals take Burrow first overall

NFL Draft
Posted at 7:26 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 20:26:11-04

As expected the Cincinnati Bengals welcome Ohio native Joe Burrow back home, making him the school's third number one overall selection, and first since 2007 when the Raiders drafted quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

Burrow led LSU to a perfect season and national championship, he won the Heisman by a landslide, and had long been pegged as the first overall selection. The only question was really who would make the pick, or really, could anyone pry it away from the Bengals.

Reports leading up to the draft said that Miami was doing whatever it could to move up to number one. One report called the Dolphins offer a "Godfather" offer. But the Bengals were all in on Burrow. A full day before the draft and the Bengals had already welcomed him to the team according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Cincinnati Bengals have ridden with quarterback Andy Dalton since drafting him in 2011. He's made three Pro Bowls and led the team to team to the playoffs five times, but the team has yet to win a postseason game since 1990.

The Bengals hope by taking Burrow, the quarterback who diced up the SEC record book and broke the college football record for passing touchdowns and total touchdowns, the team can hit reset and chase the team's first NFL championship.

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