Because Slim isn’t easily won over by new shiny objects. Or Johnny Comelately’s.Putting Love above Burrow is interesting. Based on physical skills, I can see that.
But can Love match Burrow in decision making, reading defenses, intangibles etc. That is his challenge moving forward.
These folks bitching about Burrow’s ranking surely didn’t have him top 3 before last season began. So they are basing it off this ONE season. Yet pretending as if it’s the same sample size of a 3 or 4 year performer.
Could Burrow be better than those rated above him? Sure. But I’m pretty sure Slim is judging it like a marathon rather than a sprint. One great season with all the talent LSU had doesn’t make up all the ground created over the previous 4 years.
Circling back to LSU’s talent, they arguably had top 5 talent at most every position. Just look at most player rankings and you’ll find a LSU player in the top 5.
Tua naysayers always mention the talent surrounding him yet conveniently ignore what Burrow had surrounding him.
And excuses are made why Burrow did nothing for 4 years prior to 2019. Whatever the reasons, it is truth and reality.
Lastly, people laughed at the hand measurements but they might well play a factor in his career. If he ends up in a cold weather city and cold weather division, those kinds of things just might matter.
All in all, Burrow is a one-year wonder right now. That’s truth, not opinion. Now, that truth doesn’t prevent him from continuing the same level of play or even becoming better. But it also doesn’t prove him to be great either.
Most folks tend to want to see a larger sample size of great play until they are completely sold.
For those reason’s, I believe Slimm’s evaluation and ranking is justified — even if it ends up being proven wrong in hindsight. It’s about judging in the here and now IMO. Although Slimm probably bases some on the potential he sees in each prospect too.