INDIANAPOLIS - Joe Burrow, LSU's Ohio-bred Heisman Trophy winner, made it clear Tuesday morning he'd have no problem staying home and playing for the Bengals if they take him with the first pick in the draft.
"Two hours, 15 minutes from my house," said Burrow, the Athens High School grad, during his media availability at the NFL scouting combine. "I could go home for dinner if I wanted to. Not a lot of pro athletes can get that."
Burrow appeared surprised that his cautious comments surrounding the Bengals the past month have been construed that he doesn't want to play in Cincinnati. The presumptive No. 1 doesn't want to be presumptuous.
"I'm just not going to be presumptuous about what they want to do," Burrow said. "It's the draft. You guys have been covering it for a long time. You never know what's going to happen."
But he's coming if chosen and he'd love for A.J. Green to join him.
"A.J.'s been one of the best receivers for a long time," he said. "I'm not going to not play. I'm a ball player. If the Bengals pick me, I'm going to play."
Citing LSU's 15-game schedule en route to the national title, Burrow said he won't work out here, preferring to train for another month to get ready for his April 3 pro day in Baton Rouge.