NFL freak ‘most athletic human alive’
JOE Burrow has joined some very exclusive company after the LSU Tigers quarterback went No. 1 overall to Cincinnati in Friday's NFL Draft.
Burrow joins Cam Newton (2011) as the only quarterbacks since 1967 to become the NFL's first overall draft pick right after winning both the Heisman Trophy and the national championship.
NFL reporter Ian Rapoport said on Twitter Burrow's selection at No. 1 was the "biggest no-brainer in years".
It didn't take long for America to start making quips about Burrow being the new Tiger King - a reference to the popular Netflix docu-series - after graduating from college superstar to No. 1 pick.
Joe Burrow officially the new Tiger King. Tiger to Bengal. #NFLDraft2020— Brendyn Wayne (@BrendynWayne) April 24, 2020
Fellow quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was selected by the Miami Dolphins at pick No. 5, which earned Jarryd Hayne's tick of approval as the former NRL and NFL star responded to the news with a series of fire emojis.
Tampa Bay traded up to pick 13 and took monster 140kg offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, described by US sportscaster Trey Wingo as a "freakish athlete". His job will be to look after the franchise's new quarterback Tom Brady after the GOAT moved from New England.
The clip below shows just how athletic Wirfs is.
Tristan Wirfs is arguably the most athletic human alive pic.twitter.com/ahGwk1Bcup— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 24, 2020
WHAT ABOUT THE AUSSIES?
Australian punters Arryn Siposs, Dane Roy and Joel Whitford will have a nervous wait.
The Aussie punting trio, products of Prokick Australia, will likely have to wait for the third day (Sunday AEST) to hear their names called out or hope to be signed as undrafted free agents.
Ex-St Kilda player Siposs said the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets are among the teams that have shown interest and Roy has fielded calls from the Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
Rounds 2-3: Saturday, April 25th, 9am AEST
Rounds 4-7: Sunday, April 26th, 2am AEST
DRAFT ORDER (FIRST ROUND)
1. Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow
The Bengals will be hoping their newly acquired gun quarterback can turn the franchise's fortunes around after winning just two games last season.
The #Bengals pick the consensus No. 1 pick: Joe Burrow from LSU. Biggest no-brainer in years.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2020
Congrats To The Tiger King @Joe_Burrow10 Much Love Big Bro 🤠🙏🏾🏕— DEVIN WHITE 4️⃣0️⃣ (@DevinWhite__40) April 24, 2020
2. Washington Redskins - Chase Young
The versatile defensive end was widely regarded as the best overall prospect in this year's draft class.
I've talked to several talent evaluators who have compared Chase Young to Bradley Chubb with more freakish athletic ability. Chubb had 12 sacks with the Broncos as a rookie before getting injured last year. A more freakish Bradley Chubb is a no-brainer.— Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer) April 24, 2020
3. Detroit Lions - Jeff Okudah
The most complete cornerback on the table boasts a scary mix of size and speed.
Detroit in 2019:— Phil Murphy (@Phil_Sports) April 24, 2020
• 284.4 pass yds/game allowed (last)
• 400.4 total yds/game allowed (31st)
• 28 sacks (31st)
Long build corner who plays both sides — Jeff Okudah — who’s very good in man ... right call#NFLDraft
4. New York Giants - Andrew Thomas
A surprise pick this high, Thomas' character played just as important a role as his football ability in going inside the top five. Not the finished product yet but at 196cm and 140kg, Thomas has the potential to develop into an NFL wrecking ball.
Andrew Thomas might be the safest of top OT options: durable, strong fundamentals, can play either side of the line, LONG arms...— Phil Murphy (@Phil_Sports) April 24, 2020
But I don’t think his ceiling matches Wirfs, Wells or Becton
Daniel Jones got obliterated last year, so it’s the right positional pick#NFLDraft
5. Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa
The second quarterback to be chosen in the draft, the Dolphins have recruited a high-quality play-caller many pundits are confident will be a genuine star at the highest level.
Great pick for the @MiamiDolphins. Finally found their franchise QB. Tua could be an absolute star!— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) April 24, 2020
6. Los Angeles Chargers - Justin Herbert
Another quarterback makes it three in the top six picks. Herbert's got strong arm and can play inside and outside the pocket, but there are question marks over whether he has the authority to command an offence and really lead a team.
Justin Herbert's accuracy worries me. He's also really tall, which hasn't traditionally been a great thing at the position. I've got my concerns but the #Chargers are swinging for the fences.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) April 24, 2020
You need a QB and you're drafting this high, this is kind of what you do.
7. Carolina Panthers - Derrick Brown
The defensive tackle can do some serious damage in the pocket.
Derrick Brown once came to Athens to play against Cedar Shoals High School. It was one of the top three prep performances I have ever covered in my career. Man among boys? Nah. Looked more like a man among drunk toddlers.— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) April 24, 2020
8. Arizona Cardinals - Isaiah Simmons
A linebacker with all the physical attributes you want in a defender. He's big, fast and great in coverage.
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) April 10, 2020
The XFL epitomized that quote. Tremendous leaders and teammates. Boundless creativity and work ethic.
XFL was my life for the last 19 months. And I'm proud of what the league did and represented.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars - CJ Henderson
Henderson is a naturally gifted cornerback with nimble feet and lightning speed.
CJ Henderson, super talented. Love his athleticism and how technical he is. Play man and he is going to thrive all day.— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) April 24, 2020
10. Cleveland Browns - Jedrick Wills
The 140kg right-side tackle isn't afraid to throw his weight around, but may be switched to the left by the Browns.
Browns made a splash in free agency at right tackle and now add one of the best tackles from a loaded class of them.— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) April 24, 2020
Welcome to Cleveland, Jedrick Wills Jr.https://t.co/7AkwRY6mg8 pic.twitter.com/JnKPBKbyF3
11. New York Jets - Mekhi Becton
Another big bopper will add some serious size to the Jets' defence.
I didn’t want to jinx anything but Becton has been my guy. I am so fired up. He’s going to be a cornerstone for this franchise and everything you want in an OT. #Jets— Chris Cappella (@C_Cappella) April 24, 2020
12. Las Vegas Raiders - Henry Ruggs
The first receiver to hear his name called out, Ruggs adds some strike power to the Raiders ahead of their first season in Las Vegas.
Can’t say I saw Ruggs being the first WR off the board. But you can’t blame the Raiders for going with that speed and big-play ability.— Chris Hagan (@ChrisHaganTV) April 24, 2020
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tristan Wirfs
Tampa Bay traded up to 13 and added Tristen Wirfs to its roster. The 140kg offensive tackle will provide more protection for new quarterback Tom Brady after he made the move from New England.
BUCS trade to keep Tom Brady smiling.— Ron Jaworski (@JawsCEOQB) April 24, 2020
Wirfs is a Beast!
14. San Francisco 49ers - Javon Kinlaw
A solid pick-up by the Niners, Kinlaw is a dominant defensive tackle but still has some inconsistencies to iron out in his game.
The @49ers were able to trade back w the @Buccaneers and still draft a top notch IDL to replace DeForest Buckner after trading him to the Colts for their 1st. Kinlaw can win any rep 1v1, using quickness to beat blockers. He has pass rush upside and covers ground between LOS & QB pic.twitter.com/NPbfEgyHuh— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) April 24, 2020
15. Denver Broncos - Jerry Jeudy
The best route-runner in this year's class, the wide receiver is expected to form a devastating combination with Courtland Sutton.
Jeudy and Sutton is such an incredibly fun WR duo for the Broncos. The ceiling for those two is outrageously high too.— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) April 24, 2020
16. Atlanta Falcons - AJ Terrell
A cornerback with an impressive college career at Clemson, Terrell has got great arm length but has to improve his tackling tecnhique.
I like AJ Terrell's game. His head, hips and feet are always in unison. He has, and plays with good length. #Falcons are like the Jags and had to retool that defensive perimeter— Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan) April 24, 2020
17. Dallas Cowboys - CeeDee Lamb
The chips fell perfectly for Dallas as they got the receiver they wanted. Lamb has safe hands and is difficult to tackle when he sets off after a catch.
I LOVE THE QUOTE FROM ONE EXEC: "CeeDee Lamb just catches the crap out of the ball." CeeDee is no Lamb after catch. He's a LION. Just hard to get on the ground. Plays bigger and stronger than he is. Michael Irvin ... Dez ... CeeDee.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 24, 2020
18. Miami Dolphins - Austin Jackson
The addition of a huge offensive lineman will be music to the ears of newly drafted Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but came as a shock to many pundits.
Austin Jackson is a big reach. He won’t help the Offensive line problems the Dolphins have for a few years. #NFLDraft2020— Ted Schuster (@Tedschuster) April 24, 2020
19. Las Vegas Raiders - Damon Arnette
Another surprise first-round pick, Arnette will be hoping to add value as a rugged cornerback.
Raiders definitely needed secondary help... I wasn't expecting Damon Arnette to go first round, though...— Law Murray ❌ (@LawMurrayTheNU) April 24, 2020
20. Jacksonville Jaguars - K'Lavon Chaisson
The linebacker had a stellar end to his college season and is as versatile as they come.
I thought Chaisson could be in the Saints hopper if he somehow fell to 24, I think he's a huge bargain at 20.— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) April 24, 2020
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Jalen Reagor (wide receiver)
22. Minnesota Vikings - Justin Jefferson (wide receiver)
23 Los Angeles Chargers - Kenneth Murray (linebacker)
24. New Orleans Saints -Cesar Ruiz (guard)
25. San Francisco 49ers - Brandon Aiyuk (wide receiver)
26. Green Bay Packers - Jordan Love (quarterback)
27. Seattle Seahawks - Jordyn Brooks (linebacker)
28. Baltimore Ravens - Patrick Queen (linebacker)
29. Tennessee Titans - Isaiah Wilson (offensive tackle)
30. Miami Dolphins - Noah Igbinoghene (cornerback)
31. Minnesota Vikings - Jeff Gladney (cornerback)
32. Kansas City Chiefs - Clyde Edwards-Helaire (running back)