What We Saw: Round 1 of the NFL Draft

QB List staff recaps round one of the #NFLDraft, focusing on the #FantasyFootball outlooks of each of the skill position players drafted on Thursday night.


Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals


Player Profile

Joe Burrow was always expected to be the number one overall pick, and Cincinnati held up their end of the bargain. Burrow had an elite season last year at LSU, throwing for an NCAA record 60 touchdowns en route to a national championship. He is a smart decision-maker and has proven no moment is too big for him. He throws an accurate ball, and has experience with NFL talent in an NFL-style system. Burrow’s biggest weakness is probably his arm strength: he can throw for distance, but he struggles to put enough velocity into the ball at times. Still, he is clearly of the two best passers in the class (alongside Tua) and he warranted the first overall pick

Fantasy Outlook

Burrow is the future in Cincinnati, and they are committed to him as long as he wants to be there. For redraft, Burrow is an interesting QB2 with streaming upside once he proves he’s ready to play on Sundays. In superflex leagues, Burrow is a great building block with some good weapons (AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, John Ross) in place around him.

Effect On New Team

I don’t think there are any downgrades from Andy Dalton, right? Joe Burrow should be a near-immediate upgrade over last year’s passers, and I expect a value bump for each WR on the team. Still, temper expectations until we see this offense in full swing. We are hoping to get guys at the proper ADP with room to grow if we see a fast-developing rookie.


-Mike Miklius