LSU’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to be the first player selected when the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
That means college football’s player of the year would be headed to the 2-14 Cincinnati Bengals, after a an undefeated national championship campaign.
Burrow transferred from Ohio State prior to the 2018 season and led LSU to a national championship the following year. If the Bengals do indeed make him the No. 1 overall pick, he would certainly face high expectations from a fan base that hasn't watched their franchise have a winning season since 2015.
But according to his last head coach, Ed Orgeron, that wouldn’t bother Burrow.
“Joe has not had a silver spoon in his mouth all his mouth all his life,” Orgeron said. “I think Joe has had to fight all his life and I think that if he does have to fight and, it's maybe Cincinnati, he's willing to fight for that and he's willing to build a team.
“He’s willing to go through adversity if he has to. Nothing was promised to him here. He came here and with faith and built a championship team and I don't see why he couldn’t do it at Cincinnati.”