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NFL Draft 2020 Primer: Start times, TV broadcasts, rules, first round order, & more

Get ready for this week’s all-virtual NFL Draft with our primer on the event.

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The 2020 NFL Draft is nearly here. The annual event is merely days away, and with it comes all of the excitement of the final and most impactful player acquisition phase of the NFL offseason.

This year’s draft is full of question marks, however — far more than the multitude that normally appear for the event. Some of those swirl around questionable decisions by the NFL to adjust the schedule at this year’s Scouting Combine, which are reportedly leading some teams to effectively ignoring the agility drill times from the event. Then there’s the lack of Pro Days and private visits or workouts, which was caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. That robbed teams of opportunities to scout players in person and let their own medical staffs evaluate prospects.

Finally, the big question is about the logistics of the draft itself. With the event going all-virtual, the personnel departments for the 32 NFL teams have found themselves in difficult positions. Stay-at-home orders across the country and from the NFL itself put all teams on a level playing field, with scouts and executives alike grinding tape and interviewing prospects via videoconference.

The actual mechanics of the draft will be intriguing to follow. The league says that it will reserve the ability to pause a team’s draft clock if there are technical difficulties. Teams are getting paranoid about videoconferencing security flaws, while

Of course, maybe Giants GM Dave Gettleman has it right — if you minimize your digital platform and keep everything on paper, nobody can hack you!

Here is the schedule for this year’s three-day event, along with broadcast information, the first round draft order, and the list of prospects who will be participating virtually in the draft.

As a new feature in this year’s draft coverage, Acme Packing Company is working on plans to host a live stream event during the first round on Thursday. APC writers and guests will participate in a live video stream to comment on the events of round one and interact with readers and community members live. Stay tuned for more details!

2020 NFL Draft Schedule


Round 1
Start time: 8:00 PM Eastern
Time per pick: 10 minutes


Rounds 2 & 3
Start time: 7:00 PM Eastern
Time per pick: 7 minutes (round 2), 5 minutes (round 3)


Rounds 4 through 7
Start time: 12:00 Noon Eastern
Time per pick: 5 minutes (rounds 4-6), 4 minutes (round 7)

TV Broadcast Details

The 2020 NFL Draft will be aired on three networks this year. Due in part to COVID-19 restrictions, ESPN and NFL Network will simulcast the same broadcast featuring analysts and personalities from both networks.

On the first two days of the draft, ABC will also host a separate broadcast, which will focus more heavily on the college football aspects of the event. ABC will then simulcast the ESPN/NFL Network broadcast on Saturday.

ESPN/NFL Network Simulcast

Host: Trey Wingo
Analysts: Mel Kiper, Jr., Louis Riddick, Booger McFarland, Daniel Jeremiah, Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner
Other hosts/reporters: Rich Eisen, Suzy Kolber, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter

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ABC Broadcast

Host: Rece Davis
Analysts: Todd McShay, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack
Other hosts/reporters: Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor, Tom Rinaldi

Radio Broadcasts

Westwood One Sports
ESPN Radio and TuneIn App

2020 First Round Draft Order

Pick Team 2019 Record
Pick Team 2019 Record
1 Cincinnati Bengals 2-14
2 Washington 3-13
3 Detroit Lions 3-12-1
4 New York Giants 4-12
5 Miami Dolphins 5-11
6 Los Angeles Chargers 5-11
7 Carolina Panthers 5-11
8 Arizona Cardinals 5-10-1
9 Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10
10 Cleveland Browns 6-10
11 New York Jets 7-9
12 Las Vegas Raiders 7-9
13 San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts) 13-3
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9
15 Denver Broncos 7-9
16 Atlanta Falcons 7-9
17 Dallas Cowboys 8-8
18 Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers) 5-11
19 Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears) 7-9
20 Jacksonville Jaguars (from LA Rams) 6-10
21 Philadelphia Eagles 9-7
22 Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills) 10-6
23 New England Patriots 12-4
24 New Orleans Saints 13-3
25 Minnesota Vikings 10-6
26 Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans) 7-9
27 Seattle Seahawks 11-5
28 Baltimore Ravens 14-2
29 Tennessee Titans 9-7
30 Green Bay Packers 13-3
31 San Francisco 49ers 13-3
32 Kansas City Chiefs 12-4

Players Participating in 2020 Draft

Player Position College
Player Position College
Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State
Mekhi Becton OT Louisville
Ross Blacklock DT TCU
Derrick Brown DT Auburn
Joe Burrow QB LSU
K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE LSU
Chase Claypool WR/TE Notre Dame
Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
Lloyd Cushenberry IOL LSU
Grant Delpit S LSU
Trevon Diggs CB Alabama
J.K. Dobbins RB Ohio State
Jacob Eason QB Washington
A.J. Epenesa EDGE Iowa
Jake Fromm QB Georgia
Kristian Fulton CB LSU
Neville Gallimore DT Oklahoma
Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE Penn State
C.J. Henderson CB Florida
Justin Herbert QB Oregon
Tee Higgins WR Clemson
Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma
Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn
Austin Jackson OT USC
Justin Jefferson WR LSU
Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
Jaylon Johnson CB Utah
Josh Jones OT Houston
Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina
Cole Kmet TE Notre Dame
CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma
Terrell Lewis EDGE Alabama
Jordan Love QB Utah State
Justin Madubuike DT Texas A&M
Xavier McKinney S Alabama
Denzel Mims WR Baylor
Thaddeus Moss TE LSU
Zack Moss RB Utah
Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma
Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State
Julian Okwara EDGE Notre Dame
Patrick Queen LB LSU
Jalen Reagor WR TCU
Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
Cesar Ruiz IOL Michigan
Laviska Shenault WR Colorado
Isaiah Simmons S/LB Clemson
D'Andre Swift RB Georgia
Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
A.J. Terrell CB Clemson
Andrew Thomas OT Georgia
Josh Uche LB Michigan
Prince Tega Wanogho OT Auburn
Jedrick Wills OT Alabama
Antoine Winfield, Jr. S Minnesota
Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
Chase Young EDGE Ohio State