LSU quarterback Joe Burrow put together a strong performance against Florida, and his NFL Draft stock continues to ascend.
Burrow and the Tigers outlasted the Gators 42-28 in what was one of the more thrilling games so far this season (especially if you had LSU +13.5).
He put together a turnover-free performance and completed 21 of his 24 pass attempts for 293 yards and three touchdowns.
For as strong as the passing attack was, the Tigers leaned on a strong running game to help secure the game.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire put together a 134-yard , two-touchdown performance and Burrow got to show off his wheels for the second week in a row. Most of his damage on the ground came from rolling out and tucking it under pressure, but he was able to make a few crucial plays with his feet and displayed impressive speed doing so.
Burrow was tremendous from the pocket and impressive evading pressure. He had a few throws where he effectively climbed the pocket and delivered a strike downfield and he was consistently able to extend plays when things broke down.
LSU’s play-calling all season has allowed Burrow to show off his arm, and this game was no different.
The Gators did their best to clamp down on the LSU’s receivers but Burrow was consistently on target. He was able to place it into tight windows when necessary in the short and intermediate passing games.
Burrow displayed NFL-caliber ball placement on a few deep balls and he’s erasing any questions remaining about his arm talent.
Burrow’s first deep-ball was placed perfectly to his target’s back shoulder on a 34-yard throw with a defender staying tight with outside leverage.
He found success on a few corner routes as well, but one of Burrow’s best passes of the night came to seal the game late for the Tigers.
Joe Burrow making it look easy 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KeyA42fmNY
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 13, 2019
Burrow has been an early-riser on NFL Draft boards this season, and this performance further solidifies that he’s a legitimate first-round caliber prospect.
He’s been productive and the face of LSU’s offensive evolution, but he put together an efficient performance against a defense littered with future NFL players. It’s hard to find a throw that he can’t make and Burrow displays the intangible leadership qualities necessary for success at the next level.
It can be easy to over-react to flashy performances like this, but Burrow has been playing at a high-level all season and the Tigers look like a legitimate College Football Playoff contender.
A November 9th matchup looms against Alabama, but Burrow leads a passing attack that might be capable of their first win in the rivalry since 2011.