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NFL Draft 2020

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2020 NFL Draft


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2020 NFL Draft
General information
Date(s) April 23–25, 2020
Location Bristol, Connecticut (broadcast origination)
Various locations via videoconferencing (draft activity)
Network(s) ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Overview
255 total selections in 7 rounds
League NFL
First selection Cincinnati Bengals
Most selections (14) Miami Dolphins
Fewest selections (5) New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs
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The 2020 NFL Draft will be the 85th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players. The draft is scheduled to be held from April 23–25, 2020. The NFL originally planned to hold the event live in Paradise, Nevada before all public events related to it were canceled due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Instead, all team selections will take place via videoconferencing from their homes. The Cincinnati Bengals have the first overall pick in the draft, their first time doing so since the 2003 NFL Draft.

Contents
1 Format
2 Player selections
3 Trades
4 Forfeited pick
4.1 Notes
5 Media coverage
6 References
Format
The host city for this draft was chosen among finalists Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Cleveland/Canton in May 2018 during the NFL Spring League Meeting,[1] when Nashville was chosen to host the 2019 draft. However, the host city for 2020 was deferred. After Denver withdrew, citing scheduling conflicts,[2] Las Vegas was chosen as the original host on December 12, 2018, coinciding with the Las Vegas Raiders’ arrival in the city.[3] Plans were announced for a main stage near the Caesars Forum convention center, and a “red carpet” stage for arrivals on a floating platform in front of the Bellagio resort, with players being transported to and from the stage by boat.[4] However, due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the NFL announced on March 16 that it had cancelled all public festivities associated with the event.[5]

The draft will instead be held remotely, with team coaches and GMs conducting it via online conferencing software such as Microsoft Teams, due to team facilities also being closed.[6][7] NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will announce first-round picks from his home in Bronxville, New York.

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