2020 NFL Draft: Joe Burrow goes No. 1 overall as SEC sets record with 15 first-round picks
No. 19 — Ohio State CB Damon Arnette, Las Vegas Raiders
Arnette was a veteran defensive back for the Buckeyes, starting 38 games over his four-year career.
The senior had one interception last season, returning the ball 96 yards for a touchdown against Indiana. He finished his career with 27 passes defended, breaking up 22.
#BIA ‼️ @damon_arnette goes to the @Raiders & becomes the latest 1st-round Buckeye DB 🔥#GoBucks #DevelopedHere pic.twitter.com/STeV6nA5fe— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 24, 2020
No. 20 — LSU LB K'Lavon Chaisson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chaisson saved his best season for last in Baton Rouge.
The redshirt sophomore spent plenty of time in opposing backfields, recording 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. Both numbers are three times higher than any previous season for the LSU linebacker.
Chaisson was named first team All-SEC in 2019 before earning Defensive MVP honors in the Tigers' Peach Bowl victory.
𝗠.𝗩.𝗣@LSUfootball | #CFAPeachBowl pic.twitter.com/80OzRzc6Gt— Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (@CFAPeachBowl) December 29, 2019
No. 21 — TCU WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor's quickness showed in three years at TCU as he averaged at least 14 yards per catch in every season.
As a sophomore, he surpassed 1,000 yards on 72 catches. While his numbers dipped in 2019, he continued to lead the Horned Frogs in catches and receiving yards, which landed him on three All-America teams.
Reagor also flashed his skills as a returner, leaving TCU with the program's top punt return average (17.8 yards).
FLY @Eagles FLY!!@jalenreagor is heading to The City of Brotherly Love...😈🐸🦅#ProFrogs #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/6tn6Swr2dT— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) April 24, 2020
No. 22 — LSU WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson was a key part of an LSU offense that set numerous offensive records in 2019.
After emerging as a sophomore, he paired with Ja'Marr Chase to provide a formidable, record-setting duo in the SEC. Jefferson earned second-team All-SEC honors after pulling in a school-record 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. His yardage and touchdowns rank second and third in LSU history.
No. 23 — Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray, Los Angeles Chargers
Murray provided experience at the center of Oklahoma's defense. The linebacker started all 42 games he appeared in and made an impact each season.
He earned co-Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year before reaching all-conference status the following year and eventually was named an All-American. As a junior, Murray had over 100 tackles for a second straight season in addition to a career-best 17 tackles for loss and four sacks. Murray was a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Butkus Awards.
Lightning in a bottle‼️— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 24, 2020
1️⃣st Rd, 2️⃣3️⃣rd overall@KennethMurray ➡️ @Chargers#NFLDraft #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/DrK3kFnD06
No. 24 — Michigan C Cesar Ruiz, New Orleans Saints
Ruiz is the first center to be drafted after a three-year career at Michigan.
The junior was named an All-Big-Ten selection twice during his time in Ann Arbor. Ruiz started 26 games at center as well as another five at right guard.
🙌 CESAR RUIZ GOES TO NEW ORLEANS! @_OverCees— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 24, 2020
The @Saints have selected him with the No. 24 pick in the #NFLDraft. #ProBlue
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No. 25 — Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers
Aiyuk played two seasons with the Sun Devils, earning All-American honors in his second year.
The wide receiver had close to 1,200 yards on 65 receptions. He recorded more than 700 of those after the catch, the second-highest mark in the FBS. Aiyuk is the second ASU wideout taken in the first round in as many years.
BA ➡️ bay 🌉— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) April 24, 2020
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No. 26 — Utah State QB Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers
Love took over the starting quarterback role midway into his freshman season at Utah State. He went on to lead the Aggies to three consecutive bowl appearances.
As a sophomore, he won 11 games and was named a semifinalist for the O'Brien Award after throwing for over 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes.
Love leaves Logan as a two-time All-Mountain West selection in possession of three Utah State career records and eight single-season records.
Greatness is a choice 💙💙— USU Football (@USUFootball) April 23, 2020
Good luck @jordan3love 1️⃣0️⃣!#AggiesAllTheWay pic.twitter.com/UsLmmjDecn
No. 27 — Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks, Seattle Seahawks
Brooks' senior year was one of the more statistically impressive campaigns by a Texas Tech linebacker.
He led the team in tackles for a third time in four seasons, breaking the 100-tackle marker for the first time in his career. Brooks also had more TFL last season (20) than he did in the previous three (13). The four-year linebacker was one of three players at his position to rank in the top 15 in tackles per game, solo tackles per game and TFLs per game.
Brooks was named a Butkus Award finalist and became the first Texas Tech linebacker to be named an All-American in 25 years.
FIRST. ROUNDER.— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) April 24, 2020
Lubbock ➡️ Seattle.
Let’s go, @JordynBrooks_!😤
No. 28 — LSU LB Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens
Queen only started 16 of 41 games while at LSU, but played some of his best football down the stretch of his college career.
The junior had a career-high 85 tackles while registering 7.5 TFL and three sacks over the Tigers' final seven games. Queen was named Defensive MVP of the 2020 CFP National Championship Game.
Hold That Tiger@Ravens select @Patrickqueen_ #NFLDraft | #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/GA28TK8gKl— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) April 24, 2020
No. 29 — Georgia OT Isaiah Wilson, Tennessee Titans
Wilson is the second member of Georgia's offensive line to be drafted in the first round.
The redshirt sophomore made 24 starts in 25 games, primarily receiving snaps at right tackle. He was a freshman All-American before being named second team All-SEC last season.
The selection of Wilson gives the SEC 13 of the first 29 picks as the conference breaks its own record for players drafted in the opening round. It had 12 first round picks in 2013 and 2017.
Our big man is off to the Music City‼️ That's two offensive linemen in the first round of the #NFLDraft 💪 Congratulations, @_LayZay_‼️— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) April 24, 2020
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No. 30 — Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene, Miami Dolphins
Igbinoghene played two seasons in the Tigers' secondary after converting from wide receiver.
The junior logged two years as a starting cornerback, registering 18 passes broken up and and a combined 92 tackles. He also handled kickoff duties, returning one for a touchdown during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Auburn ➡️ MIA— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) April 24, 2020
The @MiamiDolphins select Noah Igbinoghene with the No. 30 overall pick!#AUNextLevel | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/Gt0dZkIm1o
No. 31 — TCU CB Jeff Gladney, Minnesota Vikings
Gladney started 42 games in the Horned Frogs' secondary, starting more games than any of his teammates last season.
The senior matched a career-high with 15 passes defended — tied-eighth nationally — while earning All-Big 12 honors for a second straight season. Gladney moved up to the first team in his final year while also picking up All-America nods.
SKOL!! SKOL!! SKOL!!— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) April 24, 2020
Jeff Gladney is joining the @Vikings...😈🐸🔒#ProFrogs #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/pgFPxwJl8S
No. 32 — LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs
With the final pick of the first round, Edwards-Helaire comes off the board as the first running back taken and the 15th SEC player of the round — breaking the record for the most players from a single conference drafted in the first round.
The junior tailback became the starter in 2019, complementing the Tigers' electric passing attack. Edwards-Helaire started 14 games, rushing for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns, winning SEC Player of the Week after scoring four total touchdowns in win over Alabama. He was later named first team All-SEC and a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, given to college football's most versatile player.
Hold That Tiger— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) April 24, 2020
The Super Bowl Champions select @Clydro_22 #NFLDraft | #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/xAjwrvHkmf
2020 NFL Draft — First round recap
The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off the 2020 NFL Draft by selection Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. The LSU quarterback was the first of 15 SEC players drafted in the opening round, a new single-conference record. Here are the colleges and conferences with the most draft selections from Thursday.
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Colleges with the most first-round picks
- LSU — 5 (Burrow, K'Lavon Chiasson, Justin Jefferson, Patrick Queen and Clyde Edwards-Helaire)
- Alabama — 4 (Tua Tagovailoa, Jedrick Wills Jr., Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy)
- Ohio State — 3 (Chase Young, Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette)
- TCU/Georgia/Auburn/Oklahoma — 2
First-round picks by conference
- SEC — 15
- Big Ten — 5
- Big 12 — 5
- Pac-12 — 3
- ACC — 3
- Mountain West — 1