NFL 2020 First Round Draft Summary

OFFENCE RULES THE FIRST: The 2020 NFL Draft featured 18 offensive players selected in the first round, tied for the fourth-most in the common draft era, trailing only the 1968, 2004 and 2009 NFL Drafts (19).

HEISMANS GO FIRST: The Cincinnati Bengals selected Heisman-winning quarterback JOE BURROW with the first-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Along with the first-overall selections of KYLER MURRAY (Arizona, 2019) and BAKER MAYFIELD (Cleveland, 2018), it marks the first time in the common draft era that a Heisman winner was chosen with the No. 1 pick in three consecutive NFL Drafts.

With his selection at No. 1, Burrow joins CAM NEWTON (Carolina, 2011) as the only quarterbacks to win the Heisman Trophy, National Championship and be selected with the first-overall pick in the same calendar year in the common draft era.

BUCKEYES AT THE TOP: Washington selected Ohio State defensive end CHASE YOUNG with the second-overall pick while Detroit picked Ohio State defensive back JEFF OKUDAH third-overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Along with the selections of DENZEL WARD (Cleveland, No. 4 overall in 2018) and NICK BOSA (San Francisco, No. 2 in 2019), Ohio State becomes the first school to have a defensive player selected in the top-five in three consecutive Drafts in the common draft era.

Young and Okudah are the first pair of college teammates to be chosen with consecutive top-three selections since the 2000 NFL Draft, when Penn State saw COURTNEY BROWN (Cleveland, No. 1) and LAVAR ARRINGTON (Washington, No. 2) chosen at the top of the first round.

In addition to Okudah, Ohio State defensive back DAMON ARNETTE was selected No. 19 overall by the Las Vegas Raiders. It marks the fifth time that a school has had two defensive backs selected in the top-20 in the common draft era and the first time since 2017 [Ohio State – MARSHON LATTIMORE (New Orleans, No. 11) and MALIK HOOKER (Indianapolis, No. 15)].

TOP-TEN QBs: With the selections of quarterbacks JOE BURROW (Cincinnati, No. 1 overall), TUA TAGOVAILOA (Miami, No. 5) and JUSTIN HERBERT (Los Angeles Chargers, No. 6), 2020 is the sixth NFL Draft since 1967 and second in the past three years (2018) to have three quarterbacks selected in the top-10.

The 2020 NFL Draft marks the seventh consecutive draft with at least two quarterbacks chosen in the first round, the second-longest such streak in the common draft era (2002-12: 11 consecutive drafts) and the fifth consecutive draft with at least three quarterbacks selected in the first round, tied for the longest such streak in the common draft era (2002-06: five consecutive drafts).

TRENDING UP FRONT: Four offensive linemen – ANDREW THOMAS (New York Giants, No. 4 overall), JEDRICK WILLS (Cleveland, No. 10), MEKHI BECTON (New York Jets, No. 11) and TRISTAN WIRFS (Tampa Bay, No. 13) – were chosen among the top-15 selections of the 2020 NFL Draft.

2020 is the third NFL Draft since 2000 in which at least four offensive linemen were selected in the top-15 picks, joining the 2013 Draft (six offensive linemen) and 2008 Draft (four).


ROLL CALL: Four offensive players from Alabama – quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA (Miami, No. 5 overall), wide receivers JERRY JEUDY (Denver, No. 15) and HENRY RUGGS (Las Vegas, No. 12), and offensive lineman JEDRICK WILLS (Cleveland, No. 10) – were chosen in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Alabama joins USC [1968 – Pro Football Hall of Famer RON YARY (Minnesota, No. 1), MIKE TAYLOR (Pittsburgh, No. 10), MIKE HULL (Chicago, No. 16) and EARL MCCULOUGH (Detroit, No. 24)] as the only schools to have four offensive players selected in the first round of a single Draft in the common draft era.

DUO OUT WIDE: Alabama wide receivers JERRY JEUDY (Denver, No. 15) and HENRY RUGGS (Las Vegas, No. 12) were each selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jeudy and Ruggs became the fifth pair of wide receiver teammates to be drafted in the first round of the same draft since 1967 and the first pair to both be chosen in the top-15.




Alabama 2019 Henry Ruggs Las Vegas 12
Jerry Jeudy Denver 15
LSU 2007 Dwayne Bowe Kansas City 23
Craig Davis San Diego 30
Ohio State 2007 Ted Ginn Jr. Miami 9
Anthony Gonzalez Indianapolis 32
Miami (FL) 2001 Santana Moss New York Jets 16
Reggie Wayne Indianapolis 30
Florida 1997 Ike Hilliard New York Giants 7
Reidel Anthony Tampa Bay 16

Along with the selection of quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA (Miami, No. 5) in the first round, Alabama became the second school to have a quarterback and two wide receivers chosen in the first round of the same NFL Draft since 1967, joining LSU in 2007 [quarterback JAMARCUS RUSSELL (Oakland, No. 1 overall) and wide receivers DWAYNE BOWE (Kansas City, No. 23) and CRAIG DAVIS (San Diego Chargers, No. 30)].


RAIDING THE FIRST: The Las Vegas Raiders selected wide receiver HENRY RUGGS (No. 12) and defensive back DAMON ARNETTE (No. 19) in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. ​

Along with their three first-round selections in the 2019 NFL Draft [CLELIN FERRELL (No. 4), JOSH JACOBS (No. 24) and JOHNATHAN ABRAMS (No. 28)], the Raiders are the 10th team since 1967 and first since the Cleveland Browns (five from 2017-18) to make at least five first-round picks in a two-year span.

Earlier in the evening during the 2020 NFL Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the NFL will be recommitting to Las Vegas for the 87th annual NFL Draft in 2022. This comes after the 2020 public Draft events in Las Vegas were cancelled due to COVID-19.

“I’m pleased to announce that Las Vegas will host the 2022 NFL Draft, where we look forward to holding an even bigger and better event than we could have ever imagined this year,”

said NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL, “Congratulations to Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Raiders’ organization and Raider Nation.”

“We’re thrilled the NFL has given us the opportunity to host the Draft in Las Vegas in 2022. While disappointed we were unable to bring this exciting event to life this year,” said STEVE HILL, Chief Executive Officer and President, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), “We plan to make the 87th annual NFL Draft an ONLY VEGAS experience football fans will never forget.”

The location plans previously announced for the 2020 Draft will remain in place for 2022. Additional elements and plans for the 2022 Draft will be revealed at a later date.

Caesars Entertainment, as the Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL, will host the NFL Draft Main Stage which will be constructed next to the CAESARS FORUM Conference Center.

CAESARS FORUM, located adjacent to the High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip, will be host to Selection Square.

Located adjacent to the NFL Draft Main Stage, the NFL Draft Experience will be a free, three-day football festival highlighted by interactive games, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with NFL players and Legends, brand activations, giveaways and the NFL Shop presented by Visa.

The previously announced plans for the Draft Red Carpet remain in place for 2022, with prospects ferried to and from the stage via boat on the famed FOUNTAINS OF BELLAGIO.