NFL draft is on(line) despite COVID-19

The 2020 NFL Draft is one of the rare sporting events happening during the coronavirus pandemic. There are many details that had to be adjusted due to the coronavirus, including the date, start time, location, TV channel, how to watch it, the draft order, mock drafts and more.

The NFL Draft 2020 began Thursday, April 23 and ended Saturday, April 25. The first round took place Thursday with rounds two and three airing Friday. The last four rounds happened Saturday. The first round of the draft started at 8:00 p.m. and went on until approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday’s TV coverage of the NFL Draft started at 7:00 p.m, Saturdays began at 12:00 p.m. Originally the 2020 NFL Draft was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada to coincide with the Las Vegas Raiders’ arrival in the city, but the draft was held remotely due to COVID-19. 

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the names of this year’s first-round draft picks from his home in New York. In addition, NFL teams made their selections from home, making this year’s show a fully virtual draft. The players were also at home, with cameras sent to 58 of the top prospects to capture their reaction. Television coverage was based out of ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut. The 2020 NFL Draft consisted of 32 picks. The Cincinnati Bengals had the first overall pick and started off the year’s fully virtual NFL Draft.