NEWS OF THE DAY: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said he’ll play for whatever team drafts him, including the Cincinnati Bengals, who have the No. 1 pick.
“I’m not going to not play,” he said. “I’m a ballplayer. Whoever takes me, I’m going to go show up.”
Bengals coach Zac Taylor said they’ll use “every second” before deciding what to do with the No. 1 pick.
A GOOD CAUSE: LSU receiver Justin Jefferson said he donated the money Browns receiver and LSU alum Odell Beckham Jr. gave him on the field after the national championship win over Clemson. Beckham had giants stacks of cash.
“We had a talk but I just gave that money back to my church,” Jefferson said. “I just donated my money to them. It just shows that the money didn’t mean that much to me.
“He shouldn’t have done it but it was really just the heat of the moment.”
MODELING CAREERS: Arizona State receiver Brandon Aiyuk said he models his game after Beckham’s. Ohio State’s K.J. Hill said the same about Browns receiver Jarvis Landry.
“I love Jarvis Landry,” he said. “I feel like me and him got similar type games. He’s just got that dog in him. He’s not always perfect, but he always comes down with the ball, so I definitely model my game after Jarvis.”
KIND WORDS: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman spent the past 14 years with new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski and said he’s a strong leader.
“He’s grown in that role,” Spielman said. “I went and sat in the offensive meetings, and from where he’s a young pup to where he is now, though it’s calm, cool and collected there is a presence in front of a group. When I saw him present to the offense last year in that room, he grabs their attention. You can usually tell by the players, if they’re nodding off, and they had all eyes on him and listened to his message. I think he’s going to be a phenomenal in that way.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My last name, Jeudy, people sometimes call me Jeu, like one Jew. So I got a Jewish star. I’m not Jewish, though.” — Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy on wearing a Star of David necklace.