Raiders draft options to watch in the CFP Championship game

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

Moxy, poise, confidence. Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow has put these three traits on display all season long, and capped off his Heisman Trophy winning season with a National Championship.

Burrow's amateur career culminated in an a spectacular performance Monday night, leading his Tigers to the national championship over Clemson. He has all but solidified himself as the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Bengals. While the 2020 salary cap has yet to be finalized, the contract signed by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in last year's draft, provides a glimpse at what Burrow can expect to earn. Burrow crushed the final few records he didn't own, accumulating over 500 yards and six total touchdowns. Burrow's parents are arguably the state's biggest fans of purple and gold, and often fly out all season to watch their son play.

An Ohio native, Burrow is nearly a surefire lock to head back to the Buckeye state and hope to lead Zac Taylor and the Bengals out of their evident rebuild.

As for the Bengals, they were outscored by an average of nine points per game during a 2-14 season.

The possibility of endorsement deals, which were forbidden for college players during Burrow's time at LSU, will vastly increase his earning potential at the professional level.

By Tuesday afternoon, shirts featuring Burrow smoking his post-game cigar were already popping up in Cincinnati.

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