AFC North quarterback rankings – No. 3: Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)
As much as I’d love to put Burrow higher on these rankings, I can’t do it. He’s played in just 10 games and while he showed potential as a rookie, 10 games played isn’t enough to put him over Mayfield. The good news, however, is that Burrow could certainly pass Mayfield this year, as Mayfield isn’t the reason the Browns were so good last year.
Bengals fans feel good about the future with Burrow at the helm, and why shouldn’t they? He threw for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, and five picks while rushing for 142 yards and adding three more touchdowns with his legs. The kid was on pace for an impressive rookie season but unfortunately, he was injured and that cut the rookie campaign short.
The reason there’s any optimism surrounding the Bengals this year is because of Burrow. He’s been listed as a dark-horse MVP candidate by several different people this offseason and it’s not farfetched at all that he could leap up the quarterback power rankings by season’s end.
As far as the AFC North goes, Burrow isn’t getting to No. 1 anytime soon, but he could most definitely climb to No. 2 if all goes according to plan.