Burrow Dodges Draft Day Talk, May Listen To Bengals First

Joe Burrow Feels He Has 'Leverage' Entering Draft

Bartkowski made two Pro Bowls in his tenure as starting quarterback for the Falcons, and according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he had some advice for Heisman Trophy victor Joe Burrow during an awards banquet Sunday evening - and it involves Burrow potentially refusing to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, should they draft him No. 1 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

"I do have leverage", Burrow said.

Everyone has their opinion about the entire situation, including former first overall pick Steve Bartkowski who said that he should look to pull an Eli Manning and refuse to play for the Bengals just like Manning did with the Chargers years ago. "We have the Combine. There's quite a lot of issues that occur main up to the draft and quite a lot of info gathered".

Burrow danced around the subject Monday during an interview with Mac Engel and Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram before accepting the Davey O'Brien Award. The first round of the NFL Draft is April 23 in Las Vegas.

The Heisman Trophy victor continually leaned on the well-worth athlete mantra that he's just working through the process.

With that being said, things can change over the next couple of weeks, especially if Burrow doesn't necessarily warm up to coaches and the front office of the Bengals. I said, you've got a chance to do that. Or "I don't want to go to Cincinnati?" "I'd hate to see that happen to him to be honest". "They have their process and I have my process". They have their process and I have my process. If you can;t remember, Eli was set to be picked by the San Diego Chargers, but he refused to play there and landed in NY. I spent extra time on the hospital recuperating from accidents my first three years than I did throwing touchdowns. The Bengals, who went 2-14 last season, are the proud owners of that selection. "So whoever takes me - I'm a ballplayer, I'm gonna play".

When asked if his response was meant to say he was fine joining Cincinnati, Burrow just answered bluntly. I don't have to prove myself at pro day and at the combine. "We're super focused. I've only been there a week".

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