Joe Burrow vs Patrick Mahomes: Chiefs Rookie Sees Similarities Between the Two

With the exception of reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, few quarterbacks have commanded the same share of attention across the NFL and college football than Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow have done over the last couple of years.

In three seasons in the league, Mahomes has already captured an MVP crown, rewritten records at a rate of knots and guided the Kansas City Chiefs to a first Super Bowl title in 50 years. Burrow, meanwhile, was the first overall pick of the NFL Draft back in April after a season in which he set college football alight, winning the Heisman Trophy by a landslide and piloting LSU to a perfect 15-0 record and the national title.

As the only man to have so far played with both quarterbacks, Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire is in a better position than most to judge the similarities and differences between Mahomes and Burrow and he believes the two share many traits.

"They always seem like they're just chilling," the running back, who was a crucial cog in LSU's high-octane offense, told FanSided on Tuesday.

"The way they carry themselves, the way they make calls or see things in pressure moments is something I've ultimately grateful I've been able to be around."

Before he established himself as arguably the best quarterback in the league, Mahomes left his mark on college football. In his junior year at Texas Tech, he led all FBS quarterbacks in passing yards and total touchdowns with 5,052 and 53 respectively, before being selected with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chiefs.

In 2018, his first season as a starter, Mahomes threw for 50 touchdowns and 5,097 yards, capturing the MVP and becoming only the third quarterback in league history along with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to throw for at least 50 touchdown passes in a season and the only player alongside Manning to have at least 50 touchdown passes and 5,000 passing yards in the same season. He also became the only player in history to have a season with a least 5,000 passing yards both in college football and in the NFL.

A knee injury that sidelined him for almost three games prevented Mahomes from reaching the same lofty standards last season, but he more than made amends by leading the Chiefs to their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in half a century.

Mahomes orchestrated a series of memorable comebacks in the playoffs last season, rescuing the Chiefs from a 24-0 hole early in the second quarter against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round and erasing a 10-point deficit against the Tennessee Titans a week later.

With the San Francisco 49ers up by 10 points in the final period of Super Bowl LIV, Mahomes led the Chiefs to score 21 unanswered points as the franchise clinched a 31-20 win and he was named Super Bowl MVP.

While it may be premature to compare Burrow to Mahomes and expect him to follow the latter's meteoric rise, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback ticks all the boxes to be considered a generational talent.

In his senior year at LSU, Burrow became the first player in SEC history to throw for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the same season and setting a new school and conference record with 5,671 yards—which ranks third all-time in an FBS season—and 60 touchdowns.

Like Mahomes, Burrow has a cannon arm and is just as dangerous with his legs.

Like Mahomes, the bigger the occasion, the brighter Burrow seems to shine.

In the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma in December last year, he threw an astonishing seven touchdown passes in the first half, adding another score on the ground as LSU thrashed the Sooners 63-28. Burrow delivered a similar commanding performance in the national title game against Clemson, when he was named MVP after throwing five touchdowns and adding one rushing as the Tigers defeated Clemson 43-25.

Burrow has made a losing start to his NFL career with the Bengals 0-2 after two games, but on Thursday Night Football last week he broke a series of NFL records for a rookie.

He may have plenty of catching up to do, but the future is bright for the first overall pick.

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Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals in action against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 17 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jamie Sabau/Getty