Okay, we had to have a little bit of fun with this one.
Let’s just say for the moment that the Patriots paid whatever price required to get the 199th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and they ended up taking Joe Burrow, a former Ohio State transfer who had one so-so year as the starter at LSU in 2018.
Burrow came on towards the end of his 2018 campaign at LSU, but it was nothing compared to the 60-touchdown onslaught we saw in 2019. After a few September starts in the 2019 season, Burrow had drawn plenty of attention with the way he was playing but even then, no one was talking about the first round for him.
Burrow was a day three pick at best heading into his senior season at LSU, and then he absolutely exploded and showed incredible development in his overall game.
He may not have lasted to the sixth round of the draft, but then again he might have.
Burrow didn’t really have to do anything in the offseason circuit because the Bengals had pretty much already made up their minds.
Without his senior season at LSU, the narrative would have been vastly different.