There’s a new trend sweeping the NFL and it’s all Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s fault.

On Thursday night, during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, we saw two blockbuster trades involving star wide receivers.

The first deal was the Baltimore Ravens sending wide receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals. The other deal was the Tennessee Titans sending wide receiver AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles.

What do those deals have in common?

They both reunite wide receivers with quarterbacks that were either former teammates or close friends.

Marquise Brown played with Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray at Oklahoma. And AJ Brown is good friends/offseason workout partners with Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Those two moves come after the Las Vegas Raiders traded for wide receiver Davante Adams earlier this offseason. Adams and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr were teammates at Fresno State and have remained close friends since reaching the NFL.

All of these moves come after Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had the best rookie season last year that we’ve ever seen from a wide receiver.

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Nov 16, 2019; Oxford, MS, USA; ESPN talks with Louisiana State Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) after the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Chase, of course, was teammates at LSU with Burrow.

It certainly feels like the rest of the NFL saw the success that Burrow and Chase had last season in Cincinnati and decided to go for the same results.

I don’t blame them. There’s no doubt there’s a unique connection between quarterbacks and their college teammates. And if that connection can help a team find offensive success in the NFL, it’s worth a shot, right?

But if teams are hoping to find the same success that Burrow and Chase found in Cincy last year, they might be disappointed.

What Burrow and Chase did in 2021 was just an extension of what they did at LSU in 2019 (when Burrow passed for over 5,600 yards and Chase had 1,780 receiving yards). It wasn’t like their success together in the NFL came out of nowhere.

Burrow has quickly become a trendsetter in the NFL. It’s a copycat league and it’s no surprise that Burrow is the player that teams are looking to for inspiration.

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