They are definitely a machine. It feels like the rest of the GMC is starting to catch up. 6 teams from the conference made the playoffs last year, there is a ton of division 1 talent coming from several schools, and the win margins aren't as big as they used to be for the Cards.
No problem. Nice article by the way!
His grandfather was as well.
He turns 24 this year. That is older than your average NFL prospect. I'm not saying he's Brandon Weeden, but it's a fact he's older than most. To claim there are no weaknesses is naive. Just google "Joe Burrow Draft Analysis". You'll see many list age, need of a friendly system, arm strength, and the 2018 season as his weaknesses. Andrew Luck has the highest draft grade of any prospect ever by many experts, and many struggled to come up with any weaknesses. Again, I am not saying that Burrow will not be great. He absolutely has that potential. My point is, if teams are offering several first round picks to a team full of holes, you can make your team better and reduce the chances and damages of whiffing.
While I love the guy and see his potential to be a great quarterback, I don't think Burrow is enough of a future pro-bowler lock to ignore the amount of draft capital people are reportedly throwing at the Bengals. There are questions surrounding his age and if he is somewhat a product of a good system/surrounding talent. Also, he really only has 1 season of great production. I agree that he is the best QB in the draft. I just don't put him in the Andrew Luck category where there was no doubt he was going to be great. I think it would have made sense to get a bunch of picks for him. There are a ton of holes to fill. Then they would have some margin of error to gamble a little more with one of the next tier QB prospects or wait until next year to draft a QB/get a veteran FA. The best QB of each draft is rarely the first one taken.
That sucks for Hafley.