After a well-received first week of scouting notes, I decided to get a little more in-depth this week. These are the performances from Week 2 that caught my eye.
Welcome to the draft guide, Joe Burrow
I’ll put my hand up and say I saw Burrow as a fringe prospect at best after his 2018 season for the Tigers. 12 quarterbacks made the PFF preseason draft guide, and the LSU QB was not one of them. That will be changing when the guide gets a midseason update dropping October 14th. Through two games, there’s been no more impressive quarterback in the country. Against Texas, he went 32-of-40 for 474 yards, four touchdowns and one pick off a batted pass. What’s even crazier is that LSU receivers dropped three passes on the day, meaning Burrow had a cool adjusted completion percentage of 87.5.
Burrow’s comfort level inside the pocket looks night and day from a year ago. He stepped confidently into a number of downfield throws from collapsing pockets en route to an absurd six big-time throws. On throws of 10-plus air yards, Burrow went 18-of-23 for 384 yards. Through two weeks, he has an 81.3 adjusted completion percentage on such throws. Compare that to his 53.0 adjusted completion percentage on such throws last year, and it’s easy to see why he looks like a different player altogether. Now, can he keep it up in the SEC?