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Former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner likes comparisons to No. 1 pick Joe Burrow

May 22, 2020, 3:06 PM
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An NFL.com draft profile compared this year’s No. 1 overall pick, Joe Burrow, to a former Arizona Cardinals quarterback.

The NFL comp for Burrow, who went to the Bengals, was Kurt Warner in Lance Zierlein’s pre-draft analysis.

“I actually had seen that a couple times out there, people making that comparison. And I kind of like it, based on what I’ve seen,” Warner told Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf during this week’s QB1 show.

“If you go back and look at what they did at LSU, like 80% of the time, they went five out. Five-man protection, get everybody out, put it in the quarterback’s hands, deal the football. The accuracy part of it, the ability to make the throw down the field. But where he thrived was quick decisions, accuracy and decision-making. And that, to me, is exactly how I played the game.

“If you gave me one thing on the field and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to play the whole game this way,’ I’m saying, ‘We’re going five out, and we’re going to block five and we’re going to put the pressure on the defense and you leave it up to me to make those decisions and get the ball to my playmakers,’ which is very much what LSU did in that great season that he had last year. So I like the comparisons.”

Carson Palmer and Warner both had the chance to talk about Burrow, who has a franchise on his shoulders as he takes over the quarterback spot in Cincinnati.

“The best thing he can do is go in there and work his butt off,” Palmer said when asked what advice he’d have for Burrow. “He’s a hometown kid. He grew up an hour northeast of downtown Cincinnati. That city’s in his blood. He’s got family and high school teammates and teachers and so many people pulling for him. He’s going to have a ton of support.

“If you get shellacked in Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, just keep fighting. Because they are a couple steps behind, personnel-wise. There’s a reason they’re drafting number one, it’s because they’re a couple years away. So just come in and know that it’s gong to be a rough start from the jump. But coming off a national championship, coming off all the success he’s had at the collegiate level, maybe his work ethic can come in and create a culture there that there’s a certain level of commitment, a certain level of work ethic and expertise and professionalism that he can bring in and I hope to see that rub off on all the guys around him.”

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