LSU quarterback Joe Burrow holds the national championship trophy in January. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY 

The worst-kept secret in the NFL right now is that the Cincinnati Bengals will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow atop the 2020 NFL Draft.

While the team has yet to confirm this, the Bengals have spoken in glowing terms about the Heisman Trophy winner. Additionally, you’d be hard-pressed to find a mock draft that doesn’t have Burrow going No. 1 overall to Cincinnati.

Now comes a report from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report indicating the Bengals have already decided on selecting Burrow. Miller also shared a quote from a coach indicating it’s going to take nothing less than a Ricky Williams-type trade to get the Bengals to do anything other than select Burrow.

If you remember, the Williams trade absolutely ruined the New Orleans Saints, who gave up eight draft picks to move up seven spots to No. 5 overall during the 1999 NFL Draft. The Bengals would have to take that kind of trade if any team were desperate enough to give up so much draft capital.

That’s not likely to happen. So this news will certainly settle down a Bengals fan base that has threatened to riot in the streets if their team goes with any other player.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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While many quarterbacks have thrown passes for the Cincinnati Bengals over the years, this quiz only lists the signal callers who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. 

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1968
John Stofa
1969
Greg Cook
1970-1971
Virgil Carter
1972-1984
Ken Anderson
1985-1992
Boomer Esiason
1993
David Klingler
1994-1997
Jeff Blake
1998
Neil O'Donnell
1999
Jeff Blake
2000
Akili Smith
2001-2003
Jon Kitna
2004-2007
Carson Palmer
2008
Ryan Fitzpatrick
2009-2010
Carson Palmer
2011-2019
Andy Dalton

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