Joe Burrow was an easy pick for the Bengals with the first overall selection. He was the best prospect in the class, coming off the best season at quarterback that Pro Football focus had seen since they started grading college games in 2014. His 94.1 passing grade in 2019 was over three points higher than any other qualifying SEC quarterback over these past six years. “He demolished college football in a way we’ve never seen before. Burrow is easily the most accurate quarterback we’ve ever scouted and looks NFL ready in every regard,” said PFF. There were all kinds of options available to Cincinnati at the top of the second round, and Tee Higgins at that selection makes a lot of sense, both as A.J. Green insurance and as a target for Burrow. Higgins caught passes from Trevor Lawrence the past two seasons and will now be on the receiving end of the top pick in this year’s draft. And LB Logan Wilson from Wyoming led the FBS over the past three seasons in tackles and interceptions and was almost on LSU’s Patrick Queen’s level in terms of pass-coverage potential. To read more on the Bengals draft and the grades from 4 of the leading football authorities in the nation click here.
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: New Florida Atlantic coach Willie Taggart inherits a team that ranked No. 116 in the nation in Most Penalties last year. That’s noteworthy considering his last three teams (FSU in 2019 and 2018, Oregon in 2016) finished No. 129, 129, and 126 in Most Penalties. Five of FAU’s six road games this season comes against foes that were in a bowl game last season.
Grinding Out The Profits
The Athletic reports the last time the NFL did not play a regular season game in London was 2006. George W. Bush was president, the first smartphone was still a year away, America was embroiled in Iraq. Thirteen years later, with 28 games played in London and plenty of rumors of a team moving across the Atlantic, the NFL has created a solid fan base in the UK. Four games were scheduled this year, with the Jacksonville Jaguars to play in two of them, building on its once a year excursions since 2013. But as expected, the NFL this week formally announced its “international series,” which comprises the London games and one in Mexico City, won’t occur this season because of COVID-19. Clearly the NFL made the right decision. Predicting the immediate future of international travel as well as whether the United Kingdom will allow large gatherings in the fall is a fool’s errand.