2020 NFL Draft recap: SEC dominates record-setting virtual event

Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. File Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. File Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

April 27 (UPI) -- The Southeastern Conference continued its draft dominance with 63 total picks in the virtual 2020 NFL Draft, which set all-time viewership records over the weekend.

The Cincinnati Bengals started the run by selecting LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. In total, 40 SEC players were drafted in the first three rounds of this year's draft, the most in history from a single conference.


The SEC finished with 63 selections across all seven rounds, falling just one pick short of its own record of 64 draftees in the 2019 draft. The Big Ten finished second among conferences with 48 picks, followed by the Pac-12 (32), ACC (27) and Big 12 (21), according to NFL Media.

LSU led all teams with 14 draft picks, breaking the SEC record for most by a single school and tying Ohio State's 2004 draft class for the most by any program in a single draft. Michigan and Ohio State each had 10 players selected, followed by Alabama (nine), Clemson (seven), Florida (seven), Georgia (seven) and Utah (seven).


The annual player selection event, which was conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, reached a record 55 million viewers over three days on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes and other digital channels, according to the league.

In a statement released Sunday, the NFL said each day of this year's draft set records. According to the league, an average audience of about 15.6 million viewers tuned in to Round 1 on Thursday, followed by more than 8.2 million for Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday and 4.2 million viewers for Rounds 4-7 on Saturday. Each day had at least a 30 percent increase in viewership over 2019.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced draft picks from a studio in his basement because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The virtual event featured more than 600 camera feeds in the homes of draft prospects, NFL head coaches, general managers, fans and college football coaches.

"I couldn't be more proud of the efforts and collaboration of our clubs, league personnel, and our partners to conduct an efficient draft and share an unforgettable experience with millions of fans during these uncertain times," Goodell said in a statement.

"This draft is the latest chapter in the NFL's storied history of lifting the spirit of America and unifying people. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of so many talented young men, we were pleased that this unique draft helped shine a light on today's true heroes -- the healthcare workers, first responders, and countless others on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19."


Below are the round-by-round results from this year's NFL Draft:

2020 NFL Draft Round 1 results:

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 Jr., OT, Alabama

11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa

14. San Francisco 49ers: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson


17. Dallas Cowboys: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

19. Las Vegas Raiders: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

20. Jacksonville Jaguars: K'Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU

22. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

23. Los Angeles Chargers: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

24. New Orleans Saints: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

25. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

26. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

27. Seattle Seahawks: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

29. Tennessee Titans: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

30. Miami Dolphins: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

31. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

Round 2:

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

34. Indianapolis Colts: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

35. Detroit Lions: D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia


36. New York Giants: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

37. New England Patriots: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

38. Carolina Panthers: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

39. Miami Dolphins: Robert Hunt, OG, Louisiana

40. Houston Texans: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

41. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

43. Chicago Bears: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

44. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

46. Denver Broncos: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

47. Atlanta Falcons: Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

48. Seattle Seahawks: Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

50. Chicago Bears: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

51. Dallas Cowboys: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

52. Los Angeles Rams: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma


54. Buffalo Bills: A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa

55. Baltimore Ravens: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

56. Miami Dolphins: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

57. Los Angeles Rams: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

58. Minnesota Vikings: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

59. New York Jets: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

60. New England Patriots: Josh Uche, DE, Michigan

61. Tennessee Titans: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

62. Green Bay Packers: A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State

64. Carolina Panthers: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

Round 3:

65. Cincinnati Bengals: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

66. Washington Redskins: Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis

67. Detroit Lions: Julian Okwara, LB, Notre Dame

68. New York Jets: Ashtyn Davis, S, California

69. Seattle Seahawks: Damien Lewis, OG, LSU

70. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Jones, S, Texas

71. Baltimore Ravens: Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M

72. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

73. Jacksonville Jaguars: Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State


74. New Orleans Saints: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

75. Detroit Lions: Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State

76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt

77. Denver Broncos: Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa

78. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple

79. New York Jets: Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida

80. Las Vegas Raiders: Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky

81. Las Vegas Raiders: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

82. Dallas Cowboys: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

83. Denver Broncos: Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU

84. Los Angeles Rams: Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama

85. Indianapolis Colts: Julian Blackmon, S, Utah

86. Buffalo Bills: Zack Moss, RB, Utah

87. New England Patriots: Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama

88. Cleveland Browns: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri

89. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

90. Houston Texans: Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida

91. New England Patriots: Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA

92. Baltimore Ravens: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas

93. Tennessee Titans: Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State

94. Green Bay Packers: Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati

95. Denver Broncos: McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas

96. Kansas City Chiefs: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

97. Cleveland Browns: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU

98. Baltimore Ravens: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

99. New York Giants: Matt Peart, OT, UConn


100. Las Vegas Raiders: Tanner Muse, S, Clemson

101. New England Patriots: Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech

102. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Highsmith, LB, Charlotte

103. Philadelphia Eagles: Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado

104. Los Angeles Rams: Terrell Burgess, S, Utah

105. New Orleans Saints: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

106. Baltimore Ravens: Tyre Phillips, OL, Mississippi State

Round 4:

107. Cincinnati Bengals: Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State

108. Washington Redskins: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

109. Las Vegas Raiders: John Simpson, OG, Clemson

110. New York Giants: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA

111. Miami Dolphins: Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia

112. Los Angeles Chargers: Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA

113. Carolina Panthers: Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame

114. Arizona Cardinals: Leki Fotu, DT, Utah

115. Cleveland Browns: Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic

116. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ben Bartch, OT, St. John's (Minn.)

117. Minnesota Vikings: D.J. Wonnum, DE, South Carolina

118. Denver Broncos: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

119. Atlanta Falcons: Mykal Walker, LB, Fresno State

120. New York Jets: La'Mical Perine, RB, Florida

121. Detroit Lions: Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky

122. Indianapolis Colts: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington

123. Dallas Cowboys: Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa

124. Pittsburgh Steelers: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland

125. New York Jets: James Morgan, QB, Florida International


126. Houston Texans: Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina

127. Philadelphia Eagles: K'Von Wallace, S, Clemson

128. Buffalo Bills: Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF

129. New York Jets: Cameron Clark, OT, Charlotte

130. Minnesota Vikings: James Lynch, DT, Baylor

131. Arizona Cardinals: Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU

132. Minnesota Vikings: Troy Dye, LB, Oregon

133. Seattle Seahawks: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford

134. Atlanta Falcons: Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California

135. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Dotson, OG, Louisiana

136. Los Angeles Rams: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue

137. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State

138. Kansas City Chiefs: L'Jarius Sneed, S, Louisiana Tech

139. Las Vegas Raiders: Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech

140. Jacksonville Jaguars: Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami

141. Houston Texans: John Reid, CB, Penn State

142. Washington Redskins: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty

143. Baltimore Ravens: Ben Bredeson, OG, Michigan

144. Seattle Seahawks: DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami

145. Philadelphia Eagles: Jack Driscoll, OG, Auburn

146. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin

Round 5:

147. Cincinnati Bengals: Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame

148. Seattle Seahawks: Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse

149. Indianapolis Colts: Danny Pinter, OG, Ball State

150. New York Giants: Shane Lemieux, OG, Oregon


151. Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Reed, WR, Virginia

152. Carolina Panthers: Kenny Robinson, S, West Virginia

153. San Francisco 49ers: Colton McKivitz, OT, West Virginia

154. Miami Dolphins: Jason Strowbridge, DE, North Carolina

155. Chicago Bears: Trevis Gipson, LB, Tulsa

156. Washington Redskins: Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State

157. Jacksonville Jaguars: Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn

158. New York Jets: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

159. New England Patriots: Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall

160. Cleveland Browns: Nick Harris, C, Washington

161. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota

162. Washington Redskins: Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan

163. Chicago Bears: Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern

164. Miami Dolphins: Curtis Weaver: DE, Boise State

165. Jacksonville Jaguars: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

166. Detroit Lions: Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin

167. Buffalo Bills: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

168. Philadelphia Eagles: John Hightower, WR, Boise State

169. Minnesota Vikings: Harrison Hand, CB, Temple

170. Baltimore Ravens: Broderick Washington Jr., DT, Texas Tech

171. Houston Texans: Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island

172. Detroit Lions: Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State

173. Chicago Bears: Darnell Mooney, WR, Tulane

174. Tennessee Titans: Larrell Murchison, DT, NC State

175. Green Bay Packers: Kamal Martin, LB, Minnesota


176. Minnesota Vikings: K.J. Osborn, WR, Miami

177. Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Danna, DE, Michigan

178. Denver Broncos: Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest

179. Dallas Cowboys: Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah

Round 6:

180. Cincinnati Bengals: Hakeem Adeniji, OT, Kansas

181. Denver Broncos: Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State

182. New England Patriots: Michael Onwenu, OG, Michigan

183. New York Giants: Cam Brown, LB, Penn State

184. Carolina Panthers: Bravvion Roy, DT, Baylor

185. Miami Dolphins: Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU

186. Los Angeles Chargers: Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame

187. Cleveland Browns: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

188. Buffalo Bills: Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern

189. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State

190. San Francisco 49ers: Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia

191. New York Jets: Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

192. Green Bay Packers: Jon Runyan, OG, Michigan

193. Indianapolis Colts: Robert Windsor, DT, Penn State

194. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska

195. New England Patriots: Justin Herron, OT, Wake Forest

196. Philadelphia Eagles: Shaun Bradley, LB, Temple

197. Detroit Lions: John Penisini, DT, Utah

198. Pittsburgh Steelers: Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland

199. Los Angeles Rams: Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State

200. Philadelphia Eagles: Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Mississippi


201. Baltimore Ravens: James Proche, WR, SMU

202. Arizona Cardinals: Evan Weaver, LB, California

203. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Brandel, OT, Oregon State

204. New England Patriots: Cassh Maluia, LB, Wyoming

205. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Metellus, S, Michigan

206. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech

207. Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State

208. Green Bay Packers: Jake Hanson, C, Oregon

209. Green Bay Packers: Simon Stepaniak, OT, Indiana

210. Philadelphia Eagles: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

211. Indianapolis Colts: Isaiah Rodgers, CB, UMass

212. Indianapolis Colts: Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State

213. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Glasgow, LB, Michigan

214. Seattle Seahawks: Freddie Swain, WR, Florida

Round 7:

215. Cincinnati Bengals: Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue

216. Washington Redskins: Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas

217. San Francisco 49ers: Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee

218. New York Giants: Carter Coughlin, LB, Minnesota

219. Baltimore Ravens: Geno Stone, S, Iowa

220. Los Angeles Chargers: K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

221. Carolina Panthers: Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, CB, Florida International

222. Arizona Cardinals: Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State

223. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chris Claybrooks, CB, Memphis

224. Tennessee Titans: Cole McDonald, QB, Hawai'i

225. Minnesota Vikings: Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State

226. Chicago Bears: Arlington Hambright, OT, Colorado


227. Chicago Bears: Lachavious Simmons, OG, Tennessee State

228. Atlanta Falcons: Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse

229. Washington Redskins: James Smith-Williams, DE, NC State

230. New England Patriots: Dustin Woodard, C, Memphis

231. Dallas Cowboys: Ben DiNucci, QB, James Madison

232. Pittsburgh Steelers: Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska

233. Philadelphia Eagles: Casey Toohill, DE, Stanford

234. Los Angeles Rams: Clay Johnston, LB, Baylor

235. Detroit Lions: Jashon Cornell, DE, Ohio State

236. Green Bay Packers: Vernon Scott, S, TCU

237. Kansas City Chiefs: Thakarius Keyes, CB, Tulane

238. New York Giants: T.J. Brunson, LB, South Carolina

239. Buffalo Bills: Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh

240. New Orleans Saints: Tommy Stevens, QB, Mississippi State

241. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chapelle Russell, LB, Temple

242. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami

243. Tennessee Titans: Chris Jackson, S, Marshall

244. Minnesota Vikings: Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa

245. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Raymond Calais, RB, Louisiana

246. Miami Dolphins: Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy

247. New York Giants: Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota

248. Los Angeles Rams: Sam Sloman, K, Miami (Ohio)

249. Minnesota Vikings: Brian Cole II, S, Mississippi State

250. Los Angeles Rams: Tremayne Anchrum, OG, Clemson


251. Seattle Seahawks: Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU

252. Denver Broncos: Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida

253. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Hinton, OG, Washburn

254. Denver Broncos: Derrek Tuszka, LB, North Dakota State

255. New York Giants: Tae Crowder, LB, Georgia

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