The 2020 National Football League (NFL) Draft was the first of its kind in the history of the franchise. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was held on an online platform from April 23 to April 25 instead of the initial grand venue; Las Vegas. Players were selected via videoconferencing with coaches and general managers instead of being paraded on a revolving stage opposite the infamous Bellagio Resort and Casino.
A total of 255 earnest footballers, looking to make their name among legends, were selected, out of which the number of linebackers ranked highest at 38 followed by 35 wide receivers. Only 13 quarterbacks were picked in the Draft.
Just like the 2019 NFL Draft, the first pick of the first round was a 2019 Heisman Trophy winner. There were three quarterbacks and three offensive positions that were filled by the first ten picks while the remaining four of the top ten were all defensive positions.
2020 Draft Picks
|1||Cincinnati Bengals||Joe Burrow||QB||LSU|
|2||Washington Redskins||Chase Young||DE||Ohio State|
|3||Detroit Lions||Jeff Okudah||CB||Ohio State|
|4||New York Giants||Andrew Thomas||OT||Georgia|
|5||Miami Dolphins||Tua Tagovailoa||QB||Alabama|
|6||Los Angeles Chargers||Justin Herbert||QB||Oregon|
|7||Carolina Panthers||Derrick Brown||DT||Auburn|
|8||Arizona Cardinals||Isaiah Simmons||LB||Clemson|
|9||Jacksonville Jaguars||C.J. Henderson||CB||Florida|
|10||Cleveland Browns||Jedrick Wills||OT||Alabama|
Who were the top 10 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft?
- Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow - QB, LSU
- Washington Redskins - Chase Young - DE, Ohio State
- Detroit Lions - Jeff Okudah - CB, Ohio State
- New York Giants - Andrew Thomas - OT, Georgia
- Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa - QB, Alabama
- Los Angeles Chargers - Justin Herbert - QB, Oregon
- Carolina Panthers - Derrick Brown - DT, Auburn
- Arizona Cardinals - Isaiah Simmons - LB, Clemson
- Jacksonville Jaguars - C.J. Henderson - CB, Florida
- Cleveland Browns - Jedrick Wills - OT, Alabama
Who were the quarterbacks drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft?
1. Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Burrow - LSU
5. Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa - Alabama
6. Los Angeles Chargers - Justin Herbert - Oregon
26. Green Bay Packers - Jordan Love - Utah State
53. Philadelphia Eagles - Jalen Hurts - Oklahoma
122. Indianapolis Colts - Jacob Eason - Washington
125. New York Jets - James Morgan - Florida International
167. Buffalo Bills - James Fromm - Georgia
189. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jake Luton - Oregon State
224. Tennessee Titans - Cole McDonalad - Hawaii
231. Dallas Cowboys - Ben DiNucci - James Maddison
240. New Orleans Saints - Tommy Stevens - Mississippi State
244. Minnesota Vikings - Nate Stanley - Lowa
Who was the No.1 draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Joe Burrow was the No.1 draft pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Initially a backup at Ohio State, he transferred to Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2018, where he became the starting quarterback for the Tigers’ and led the team to record-breaking victories in the Fiesta Bowl.
Burrow won the 2019 Heisman Trophy by the largest margin in the history of the award, a whopping 1,800 votes. He is also the recipient of almost all notable awards for a college footballer, such as the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Lombardi and Walter Camp Award to name a few. His outstanding performance in the sport has earned him a reputation as one of the most challenging quarterbacks in the league.
Burrow signed a four-year rookie contract with the Bengals worth $36.1 million and an additional $23.8 million in signing bonuses. He had an impressionable rookie season. However, in his second season, he led the Bengals to a playoff win, ending the longest active drought in the NFL. Burrow led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance (LVI) since 1988. Burrow holds the Bengals franchise records for passer rating, completion percentage, and single-game passing yards and is tied with Boomer Esiason for the most playoff wins.
Who was the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Defensive end Chase Young was the overall second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Washington Commanders. He grew up in Maryland and attended Ohio State University. In his junior season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, he broke the school record for sacks in a single season with 16.5 sacks. Young received many accolades for his defensive performances in college and was also named Big-Ten Male Athlete of the Year. He was also the finalist for the Heisman trophy.
Chase Young was considered as one of the best prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. He earned a Pro-Bowl call up in his rookie season and also won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year along with being named in the PWFA All-Rookie Team. His second season was cut short due to an ACL tear in his right knee, against the Buccaneers in Week 10. He joined the Commanders with a four-year rookie contract worth $34.56 million, with a guarantee of $8.64 million.
Who was the third pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Cornerback Jeff Okudah was the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Jeff was titled to the 2019 College Football All-American team unanimously while at Ohio State University, where he defended 9 passes, had 3 interceptions and 34 tackles in his junior year in 2019. He skipped his senior year to appear for the 2020 NFL Draft where he was signed by the Lions for a four-year contract worth $33.5 million as well as a signing bonus of nearly $22 million.
How many picks were in the 2020 NFL Draft?
There were a total of 255 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Out of these, linebackers led the count, with 38, closely followed by 35 wide receivers and 27 cornerbacks.
The picks were led by the Cincinnati Bengals, who picked Joe Burrow as quarterback, while the 255th pick was linebacker Tae Crowder, drafted by the New York Giants. This was a compensatory pick, granted to the teams based on players lost or gained in free agency.
As in the 2019 NFL Draft, the top ten 2020 Draft picks consisted of defensive positions, such as 1 defensive end, 2 cornerbacks, 1 defensive and 2 offensive tackles, a linebacker and three quarterbacks.
How many rounds were there in the 2020 NFL Draft?
The 2020 NFL Draft had 7 rounds and 255 picks, instead of the usual 256 picks since the Arizona Cardinals forfeited a fifth-round pick by making a selection in last year's compensatory draft.