We usually only get about 5 months of football before eagerly filling the next 7 months with roster changes, offseason workouts, and eventually training camp. The NFL Draft has always been one of the highlights of the offseason; a way to shake off the final months of winter and embrace the new beginnings of the next football season.
This year is different.
The 2020 NFL Draft will kick-off with commissioner Roger Goodell officially starting the clock from his basement. Fifty-eight prospects will be logging on and participating in the league’s first virtual draft and teams will be handling their big boards remotely.
Fans have no idea what to expect, and I am, admittedly, intrigued with how the new setup will jump start my excitement for an offseason and regular season that continue to remain questionable.
This was finally the year that the Eagles had more than just a handful of picks, and Howie Roseman had the draft capital to either make big moves (again) or load the team with a lot of young talent. But, with limited Combine performances, no Pro Days or in-person interviews and try-outs, not to mention a lack of medical checks, this year’s draft class is more of a gamble than in years past.
The Eagles scouting department is skilled in finding diamonds in the rough, and their record of in-season additions means they work well with somewhat limited film and information. Even still, there’s a lot more mystery surrounding this year’s haul, and the group will have an interesting offseason, to say the least.
So, while all the physical attributes are important, and whether they fit into the locker room culture is still at the top of traits to look for, I am far more interested in how well these players study film and take initiative. It’s all the things these rookies will do off the field and away from the facility over the next few months that will likely matter most in the midst of a global pandemic.
Everything might look different when the NFL Draft opens Thursday night, but the one thing I can count on is thousands of people booing the commissioner from their couches while donning their finest (and probably most comfortable) Eagles gear.
How to Watch Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft
- Rounds 2 and 3 — 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 24
- Rounds 4 thru 7 — 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 25
- Round 1 — 10 minutes per pick
- Round 2 — Seven minutes per pick
- Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks — Five minutes per pick
- Rounds 7, including compensatory picks — Four minutes per pick
- Round 1 — No. 21
- Round 2 — No. 53
- Round 3 — No. 103 (compensatory)
- Round 4 — No. 127
- Round 4 — No. 145 (compensatory)
- Round 4 — No. 146 (compensatory)
- Round 5 — No. 168
- Round 6 — No. 190
NFL Draft Order (First Round)
10) Cleveland Browns
11) New York Jets
15) Denver Broncos
16) Atlanta Falcons
17) Dallas Cowboys
18) Miami Dolphins
19) Las Vegas Raiders
20) Jacksonville Jaguars
21) Philadelphia Eagles
25) Minnesota Vikings
26) Miami Dolphins
27) Seattle Seahawks
28) Baltimore Ravens
29) Tennessee Titans
31) San Francisco 49ers
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