Would the Bengals have selected Joe Burrow with the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft based on what they know now? CBS Sports re-drafted the 2020 NFL Draft and Cincinnati chose former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert who was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers and won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In summarizing each of the re-drafted 32 first-round picks of the 2020 NFL Draft, CBS stated about Herbert being selected by the Bengals “The Offensive Rookie of the Year lands in Cincinnati. His All-Pro upside is too enticing for him not to be the top pick.” Burrow and Herbert were in a battle for ROY before Burrow was hurt.
In week 11 against the Washington Football Team, Burrow suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Burrow completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Burrow ran for 137 yards and another three TDs. Herbert had an exceptional Rookie of the Year season.
After not starting until week two, Herbert completed 66.55 percent of his passes for 4,336 yards,31 TDs, 10 interceptions and 234 yards and five TDs. CBS listed five re-draft guidelines for their new selections as seen with an eye from the 32 first-round picks. Burrow wound up going fifth to the Miami Dolphins.
Some redraft guidelines (From CBS Sports):
- All rookies from the 2020 class (including undrafted free agents) have been removed from their respective NFL rosters and are free to be selected.
- If a rookie is not included in the top 32 here, they would revert back to the round in which they were originally drafted and to the team that picked them. Original first-rounders not included in this first round would stay with their current teams too.
- All veteran transactions made during the 2020 season are intact.
- The below selections are what I would do as the GM of every team (while considering coaches’ schemes, etc.), not what I think the GMs of each teams would do.
- The draft order is based on the real order on April 23, 2020, before the draft began.
CBS Sports mentioned that “The Dolphins don’t think twice about picking Burrow here.” Whether it would have been Burrow or Hebert, the Bengals would have had their franchise QB. The Dolphins who chose Tua Tagavailoa with the fifth pick in 2020, went ninth to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the ninth pick in the re-draft.
CBS said of the Jaguars choosing Tagovailoa in the re-draft “No, Tagovailoa wasn’t great as a rookie, but we can’t completely close the door on him yet.” Jacksonville fans are probably thankful that the Jaguars did not draft Tagovailoa. The Jaguars are expected to select Trevor Lawrence first in the 2021 NFL Draft.