2020 NFL Draft grades: Bengals earn an ‘A’ for taking Joe Burrow with No. 1 overall pick

The Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday. The CBS Sports NFL Draft team breaks down the pick below, including a grade for the pick, how it affects fantasy leagues and more on Burrow, including his strengths and weaknesses, his NFL comp and more.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: A

Pete Prisco: He will be a star. This kid has all the tools to be a big-time NFL quarterback. The Bengals will be winners soon.

Fantasy impact

Dave Richard: Fantasy managers should be elated with Burrow’s arrival in Cincinnati. I can’t think of a better quarterback prospect I’ve seen since Andrew Luck in 2012. Burrow is poised, strong-armed, accurate and fearless. He should be impactful as a rookie the same way Luck was in Indy back in the day. The difference is that Burrow is on a team with really good receiving talent, an improving offensive line (last year’s first-round pick Jonah Williams will be back) and an aging defense. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Burrow forced to throw plenty as a rookie. Could he match Luck’s 4,300 yards and 23 touchdowns from his first year? He may exceed it. Burrow should be a late-round pick in every 2020 Fantasy draft as a speculative bench player, but he also merits a top-70 pick in dynasty/keeper formats and a back half of Round 1 selection in rookie-only drafts.

NFL Draft profile

NFL comp: Andrew Luck 
Best trait:
Processing abilities/smarts
QB skills breakdown: Where he ranks

LSU 6-3 4/8 221 9 30 7/8 74


  • Football IQ is second to none
  • Keeps eyes downfield in face of rush, goes through progressions
  • Incredibly accurate to every level
  • Consistently fits ball in small windows


  • Only has average arm strength
  • Average size for NFL QB
  • Just one year of production

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