22 Sep 2020

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Stock Up: QB Joe Burrow, LSU Vs Clemson

Let’s just be real. Joe Burrow was absolutely incredible last night. Rumors are that he broke a rib on the final play of the first half when he took a devastating hit from Clemson linebacker James Skalski as he threw a touchdown pass to Thaddeus Moss.

Even if that isn’t true, Joe Burrow just completed the most prolific season in college football history. Burrow completed 76.3% of his passes all season, passed for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns while compiling a 202.0 efficiency rating. All of those marks are NCAA FBS records.

Let’s break down some film now, shall we?

Accuracy and Placement

People talk about accuracy all of the time when talking about a quarterback. It’s funny to me because not many people know how to assess accuracy. A large part of accuracy is placement. I’ve talked about how there are two styles of accuracy when you watch quarterbacks.

The first style of accuracy is what I call pinpoint accuracy. Pinpoint is when the quarterback places the football with precision into a circular area around the receiver. Most great quarterbacks have this style.

The other style of accuracy is what I call box accuracy. The ball is “accurate” per se, but the placement lands anywhere within a rectangular area around the receiver. It’s still effective, as quarterbacks such as Carson Wentz and Trevor Lawrence have this accuracy style.

Joe Burrow’s ability to place the football

Burrow throws his receivers open on an overwhelming majority of his throws. His placement of the football allows his receivers to create separation while the ball is in the air. If you look at this touchdown to JaMarr Chase, you are going to see very tight coverage by AJ Terrell. However, late in the route as Chase locates the football, he separates from Terell because Burrow places the football outside of the cornerback and Terrell just doesn’t have a chance.

Do you not believe me? Then look at this one.

Mobility and Running Threat

There are a few aspects of mobility to the quarterback position. Normally, when people think of mobile quarterbacks, people think of Lamar Jackson or Michael Vick. Well, mobility isn’t all about athleticism or speed.

The biggest part of mobility is being able to move in the pocket. Whether the quarterback is moving to run or to extend the play, defenses are all about penetrating the pocket and creating pressure. So the quarterback cannot be stiff in the pocket and needs to be able to move with it, feel the pressure and extend the play.

Joe Burrow does this flawlessly.

Joe Burrow’s Mobility

If you want to talk about a player and his ability to extend plays, look no further than Joe Burrow. He isn’t looking to run with the football until he has to but instead creates extended play opportunities. In the play above, you can clearly see that he is about to be stopped for no gain. However, he keeps his eyes downfield and waits for the safety, #12 K’Von Wallace to commit to tackling him and stop covering Justin Jefferson. Then the lob pass to Jefferson in space is a huge gainer.

That’s not to say that Joe Burrow can’t run it too, as he is very athletic for someone in his position and for someone his size. He’s lethal in the open field with his legs and LSU showed how much they trusted him by calling a quarterback draw in that situation.

Skills that translate

Joe Burrow has a very special skill set. I don’t think that I have ever seen a quarterback in college so mentally prepared to perform at the next level. Joe Burrow is going to be a franchise-changing player for someone in this draft. Everything that he does well is translatable traits to the NFL. Last night was the end of a wonderful journey that we have been a witness to, and the legend of Joe Burreaux.

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