It’s finally here. The wait for the 2020 NFL Draft is over. Though tonight’s draft will be different than any before because of the virtual format, Big Blue View will be covering it with live updates and analysis just the same.
The first round of draft will start live at 8:00 pm and go until approximately 11:30 p.m. Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the names from his home in New York. Teams will make their selections from home and cameras will be sent to 58 of the top prospects to capture reactions.
The draft will broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.
The first round of the NFL Draft will start live at 8 p.m. and go until approximately 11:30 p.m. ET. Friday’s TV coverage of the NFL Draft will start at 7 p.m. ET while Saturday’s will begin at noon ET.
This post will provide updates, including surprising picks and trades, throughout the evening. The New York Giants will be on the clock with the No. 4 overall pick.
[12:00 a.m.] And the defending Super Bowl champs select LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire to close out the first round of the draft. Edwards-Helaire is the only running back to be drafted in the first round.
There was a record-breaking 14 SEC players drafted in the first round tonight.
And that’s a wrap on night one! Thanks for watching with us.
[11:25 p.m.] In what was the most surprising move of the night, the Packers traded up from 30 to get the No. 26 pick from the Dolphins. Green Bay also gave Miami a fourth-round pick.
In a move that I don’t think anyone saw coming, the Packers selected Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Last season, Love threw 20 interceptions and an FBS-leading 17 interceptions. He’s a controversial choice on and off the field and it will be interesting to hear Aaron Rodgers’ reaction in the coming days.
[11:13 p.m.] The Vikings traded with the 49ers and San Francisco used the No. 25 pick to draft wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk out of Arizona State.
[11:00 p.m.] Another trade!
The Patriots traded out of the first round, giving the Chargers the No. 23 overall pick in exchange for the No. 37 and No. 71 picks.
The Patriots will not be drafting Tom Brady’s replacement tonight.
The Chargers selected linebacker Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma. Murray is a three-down linebacker who has elite speed for his position.
[10:45 p.m.] The conference-rival Eagles filled their dire need for a wide receiver, but not in the way people expected. Philly chose Jalen Reagor out of TCU to give Carson Wentz a much-needed weapon on offense.
I expected the Eagles to select LSU’s Justin Jefferson, but Philly must think Reagor is a better fit. Reagor was projected to go in the second round, but perhaps the Eagles are trying to mimic the Chiefs by adding a smaller and quicker receiver.
[10:30 p.m.] After the Dolphins added some protection in Austin Jackson up-front for Tagovailoa, the Raiders selected cornerback Damon Arnette with their second pick.
A surprising choice as Arnette was predicted to go in the second or third round...
Mock drafts had Utah State quarterback Jordan Love going to the Raiders. He continues to fall further.
[10:20 p.m.] The Giants’ conference-rival Dallas Cowboys selected wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.
Dallas spent most of its offseason focusing on the offense, using its franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott and signing wide receiver Amari Cooper to a blockbuster five-year, $100 million contract. Many expected Dallas to work on its defense in the draft, particularly by adding depth to the cornerback position.
It appears Lamb was too good to pass up on. Prescott will now have both Cooper and the former Oklahoma Sooner to target on offense.
[10:10 p.m.] Further analysis from Big Blue View on the Giants’ decision-making process.
Why did the Giants draft Andrew Thomas? GM Dave Gettleman, coach Joe Judge explain https://t.co/sKh5GGpHFp— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 24, 2020
[10:00 p.m.] A reminder as we get deeper into the first round that a list of all the picks can be found at the bottom of this thread.
After the 49ers picked Javon Kinlaw at No. 14, the Denver Broncos chose the second wide receiver of the night: Jerry Jeudy. You knew he wouldn’t go un-drafted much longer...
Jeudy worked a lot from the slot at Alabama and demonstrated strong foot work and smart route running. Only Amari Cooper caught more touchdown passes in an Alabama uniform.
[9:45 p.m.] Finally a trade!
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up one spot to No. 13 with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Bucs select offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa. Makes sense that the Bucs wanted a tackle to protect new QB Tom Brady up-front.
[9:40 p.m.] The Oakland Raiders dipped the first toe into this highly-talented wide receiver class by selecting Henry Ruggs at No. 12.
It was believed by many that Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy would be chosen first but the Raiders clearly thought Ruggs was the best option out of the many choices in this year’s class.
[9:35 p.m.] The Giant’s cross-town rival New York Jets selected offensive tackle Mekhi Becton with the No. 11 overall pick.
[9:27 p.m.] To close out the top 10, the Cleveland select Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills. He will absolutely provide some much-needed protection to former No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield up-front.
[9:20 p.m.] Cornerback CJ Henderson sticks close to home as he is selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 9 overall pick.
[9:15 p.m.] And linebacker Isaiah Simmons is off the board, heading to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 8 overall pick.
When asked what position he plays, Simmons has famously replied, “Defense.”
He’s a versatile player that will be able to wear many hats in Arizona.
[9:09 p.m.] Former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule’s first pick at the NFL level for the Carolina Panthers is defensive tackle Derrick Brown out of Auburn.
The Panthers pass up on Isaiah Simmons to add depth to depth to their interior.
[9:03 p.m.] And the Los Angeles Chargers select Oregon QB Justin Herbert. Great story for the former the sixth-stringer from Eugene.
So far, save for the Giants, this draft is playing out pretty much as expected.
[9:01 p.m.] Big Blue View’s instant analysis:
NFL Draft results: Giants pick OT Andrew Thomas at No. 4 https://t.co/UGmDRd8DTO— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 24, 2020
[8:55 p.m.] The hip injury did drop Tua Tagovailoa’s stock as the Miami Dolphins selected the star Alabama QB with the No. 5 overall pick.
Only time will tell if the Dolphins choose to medically redshirt the rookie or start him right away. With Tom Brady no longer with the New England Patriots, the AFC East is more wide open in the coming 2020 season than it might normally be.
[8:45 p.m.] Meanwhile, the New York Giants took their time getting their pick in. It was no surprise that the Giants were going to select an offensive lineman but choosing Andrew Thomas might surprise some. Thought they might go with Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs or Alabama’s Jedrick Wills...
Check out Big Blue View’s draft profile of the All-American tackle out of Georgia.
[8:40 p.m.] The Giants are on the clock!
[8:37 p.m.] The Detroit Lions’ pick was in very quickly. Rumors about a trade with the Miami Dolphins or Los Angeles Chargers have dominated this offseason but the speed in which the pick was in suggested that they were not interested in trades.
The Lions selected cornerback Jeff Okudah, proving he was the guy they wanted from the beginning.
The the top three picks in this draft all played at Ohio State together in the 2017 season.
[8:33 p.m.] Chase Young is taken by the Washington Redskins with the No. 2 overall pick, officially silencing any rogue trade rumors. The nation’s leader in sacks last season is sure to make an immediate impact in Washington and will pose a challenge to the Giants’ offensive line in upcoming NFC East matchups. The pairing of Young with defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera has to have Redskins fans excited.
A Cheltenham Md, native, Young is returning home.
[8: 25 p.m.] And the pick is in! The Bengals select Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, making him the ninth QB taken with the top pick since 2009.
Bengals president Mike Brown officially welcomed LSU QB Joe Burrow to Cincinnati on Wednesday, one day before the Draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brown sent Burrow a letter that said that he looks forward “to building championship football teams with you for many years to come.”
Brown also sent Burrow and his parents No. 9 Bengals jerseys - which will now be the number that the Heisman Trophy winner officially wears in Cincinnati.
[8: 16 p.m.] And the Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock. Anyone else have chills looking at Joe Burrow stare at his phone while sitting alongside his parents? There is excitement around this pick even with the virtual format.
[8:03 p.m.] No better way to kick off the 2020 NFL Draft during these uncertain times...
[7:58 p.m.] Well no changes so far here...Bud Light and Roger Goodell team up in a commercial for a ceremonial “booooo” to kick things off.
[7:33 p.m.] It should come as a surprise to no one that the Washington Redskins are reportedly not trading the No. 2 pick, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. They have received calls from teams about trading for the pick, but it looks like they are going to stick with the guy that many believe is the best player in the draft, Chase Young.
[7:13 p.m.] It appears the Cincinnati Bengals are not waiting any longer when it comes to star LSU QB Joe Burrow...
Report: Bengals told Joe Burrow he's the pick https://t.co/Del6QsZ0WF— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 23, 2020
[7:02 p.m.] Officially less than one hour to go until the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off!
No. 1 Joe Burrow - Cincinnati Bengals
No. 2 Chase Young - Washington Redskins
No. 3 Jeff Okudah - Detroit Lions
No. 4 Andrew Thomas - New York Giants
No. 5 Tua Tagovailoa - Miami Dolphins
No. 6 Justin Herbert - Los Angeles Chargers
No. 7 Carolina Panthers - Derrick Brown
No. 8 Isaiah Simmons - Arizona Cardinals
No. 9 CJ Henderson - Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 10 Jedrick Wills - Cleveland Browns
No. 11 Mekhi Becton - New York Jets
No. 12 Henry Ruggs - Oakland Raiders
No. 13 Tristan Wirfs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 14 Javon Kinlaw - San Francisco 49ers
No. 15 Jerry Jeudy - Denver Broncos
No. 16 A.J. Terrell - Atlanta Falcons
No. 17 CeeDee Lamb - Dallas Cowboys
No. 18 Austin Jackson - Miami Dolphins
No. 19 Damon Arnette - Oakland Raiders
No. 20 K’Lavon Chaisson - Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 21 Jalen Reagor - Philadelphia Eagles
No. 22 Justin Jefferson - Minnesota Vikings
No. 23 Kenneth Murray - Los Angeles Chargers
No. 24 Cesar Ruiz - New Orleans Saints
No. 25 Brandon Aiyuk - San Francisco 49ers
No. 26 Jordan Love - Green Bay Packers
No. 27 Jordyn Brooks - Seattle Seahawks
No. 28 Patrick Queen - LSU
No. 29 Isaiah Wilson - Tennessee Titans
No. 30 Noah Igbinoghene - Miami Dolphins
No. 31 Jeff Gladney - Minnesota Vikings
No. 32 Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Kansas City Chiefs