The Cincinnati Bengals have already begun doing their homework on Joe Burrow — and they like what they see.
Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan told the team website he admires the Heisman Trophy winner's pocket feel while quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt added, "He definitely checks off a lot of boxes early in the evaluation process."
Burrow, a Southeast Ohio native who spent three years at Ohio State before transferring to LSU, is invited to the Senior Bowl, but it is unclear if he will be there only a week after finishing a 15-0 senior season with a win in the College Football Playoff Championship game over Clemson.
The Bengals have the No. 1 pick in the draft, and they are widely expected to select Burrow as part of a franchise reset under second-year head coach Zac Taylor.
Taylor, Callahan and Van Pelt are all former quarterbacks, and they will have plenty of signal-callers to evaluate as coaches for the South team in Mobile even if Burrow skips the Senior Bowl.
They’ve been assigned Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Colorado’s Steven Montez white the North squad coached by the Detroit Lions staff will include Michigan’s Shea Patterson, Washington State’s Anthony Gordon and Utah State’s Jordan Love.
Players for the South team will get a preview of the Bengals playbook, a West Coast offense that Callahan said bears some similarities to what Burrow ran at LSU.
Players report Monday with practices slated to begin Tuesday.
The game will be held Jan. 25 and telecast by the NFL Network.