Joe Burrow is about to have an terrible lot thrust onto his shoulders if he will get chosen with the primary general decide within the NFL draft on Thursday night time, together with having to regulate to a brand new scheme whereas being counted on to offer the Cincinnati Bengals with a brand new id.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron definitely believes his Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback can deal with it. He noticed Burrow make the identical transformation in Baton Rouge.
“You already know, Joe did not play in three years, and he got here right here and he earned the respect of the soccer staff,” Orgeron mentioned Tuesday of Burrow, who started his faculty profession as a backup with Ohio State earlier than transferring to LSU in 2018 and ultimately main the Tigers to the nationwide championship.
“Joe wasn’t the Heisman Trophy winner when he obtained right here. He developed, he obtained higher, he saved his mouth shut. Clearly all of us heard the tales [of other No. 1 picks] going to this staff or that staff, they have not had a very good document or no matter. I believe that Joe has not had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life. I believe Joe has needed to combat all his life. And I believe if he does need to combat — and it could be Cincinnati — he is keen to combat for that. And he is keen to construct a staff. And he is keen to undergo adversity if he has to.
“Nothing was promised to him right here [at LSU]. He got here right here with religion and constructed a championship staff. And I do not see why he could not do it at Cincinnati.”
The Bengals’ state of affairs is clearly a bit totally different. LSU wasn’t coming off of a 2-14 season when Burrow arrived. And the Tigers received two nationwide championships within the earlier decade, whereas the Bengals have by no means received a Tremendous Bowl and have not received a playoff recreation in practically 30 years.
However Orgeron mentioned Burrow’s mixture of “work ethic, perspective and smarts” will translate and “make him an amazing participant.”
“The way in which he labored each day, the best way he earned the suitable to be the beginning quarterback at LSU, the best way he obtained higher, the best way he captured the soccer staff, the best way he led,” Orgeron mentioned when requested what offers him confidence Burrow could make one other constructive transition, this time to the NFL. “Joe might be essentially the most centered soccer participant I’ve ever been round. We gave him the staff, together with different guys. They took management.”
Burrow will not be the one LSU standout looking for NFL success, because the Tigers might probably have eight gamers chosen among the many prime 50 picks.
LSU has an opportunity to shatter the document of 14 gamers taken in a seven-round draft, which was set by Ohio State in 2004. The Tigers might even threaten the 12-round document of 17 gamers from Texas being chosen in 1984.
“That and 50 cents will get you a cup of espresso tomorrow,” Orgeron joked. “No, it means loads. It means growth. It means recruiting great-character children. It means loads with recruiting.
“The rationale you come to a faculty like LSU is you wish to win a nationwide championship, you wish to graduate and also you wish to get drafted. … I believe it provides validity to your program. I believe it lets you recruit throughout the nation. Clearly we have now a nationwide model proper now. We wish to keep within the state of Louisiana with our nice gamers, and we’ll wish to proceed to win championships.”
Orgeron, who has been a number one voice within the state of Louisiana’s efforts to maintain individuals protected and following state pointers through the coronavirus pandemic, mentioned he’s desirous to get again to work when it is protected.
“I have been watching an excessive amount of tv,” mentioned Orgeron, including that Peyton’s Locations on ESPN+ is a private favourite. “Hey, I am finished with the tv. I am able to go to work!”
Orgeron mentioned he was not sure, nevertheless, how a lot time there might be for coaching camp and scrimmages earlier than a season would probably kick off.
“We’re unsure of that but. I believe there might be some [time to prepare],” Orgeron mentioned. “Clearly I believe we’re gonna have camp. I believe that come August, we should always have camp. You need to have camp to prepare for the season. I believe that June and July remains to be up within the air.
“There’s some speak about this stuff, get understanding or perhaps getting a bit time on the soccer area. We’ll simply see. Clearly it is out of our management. However I do consider that you simply want a number of weeks in the summertime of conditioning. I believe you want a number of weeks in the summertime of some kind of soccer. After which give them a bit break and are available again to camp and prepare.”