Joe Burrow Wrote Notes When Peyton Manning Gave Him Advice: 'It's an Honor'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2020

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning as former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is inducted during a Colts Ring of Honor ceremony during the halftime of an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said he took notes during a conversation with future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning ahead of the 2020 NFL draft.

Burrow told ESPN's Adam Schefter "it's an honor" Manning was willing to talk with him and provide some advice:

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is expected to follow in the five-time NFL Most Valuable Player's footsteps as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Manning was taken first by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. Burrow is the presumptive selection of the Cincinnati Bengals when this year's draft kicks off Thursday night.

The former Colts and Denver Broncos standout, who won two Super Bowls and set numerous passing records, provided some background about the discussion Sunday on SportsCenter:

"He called me about some of the things that I tried to do as a rookie that maybe he can apply to his NFL career. Looks like it's going to be for the Cincinnati Bengals. What I told him, 'Look, Joe, if you're the first pick in the NFL draft, you are going to a team that has earned the first pick in the NFL draft. There are going to be some holes there. There's a reason the Colts were picking No. 1 that year. There's a reason the Bengals are picking No. 1 this year.'"

He also joked about one of the records he'd like to pass on to the next generation of signal-callers.

"I threw 28 interceptions my first year. That's still an NFL record," Manning said. "If Joe wants to break that, I'd be OK with that. We'd still be friends."

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Burrow is coming off a monster final season with the Tigers. He completed 76.3 percent of his attempts for 5,671 yards with 60 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading the program to an undefeated record (15-0) and a national championship.

Manning's assessment is accurate, however, as the Bengals roster has holes beyond QB. The offensive line is going to need work in the years ahead, and there are also needs for playmakers on offense and in the defensive front seven.

Getting a franchise quarterback in place is the most important step, of course, and Burrow should check that box for Cincinnati.