First Three Picks in 2020 NFL Draft Were Once Teammates
The 2020 NFL Draft kicked off on Thursday night, and it was the first time that the draft is being conducted virtually. The draft was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, but those plans had to be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell still announced the first-round selections, but he was doing it from his home in Bronxville, NY. Trey Wingo was hosting the draft broadcast from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and there were many other people chiming in.
The Cincinnati Bengals held the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they were followed by the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions. The first three selections were announced, and it was quickly pointed out that all three of the top picks were once teammates at Ohio State.
All players were recruited to Columbus, Ohio, by former head coach Urban Meyer, but only two of the players remained on the team for the 2019 season. The top overall pick transferred from Ohio State after two seasons and catapulted himself to a National Champion.
Burrow Goes No. 1 Overall
There wasn’t much drama surrounding the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, as the Cincinnati Bengals needed a quarterback. They selected Joe Burrow, who was the Heisman Trophy winner after a record-setting senior season at LSU. Burrow led the Tigers to a 15-0 record en route to the National Championship.
Burrow spent his first two seasons at Ohio State in a reserve role before transferring to LSU. After an average junior year, Burrow went on to set several FBS records, including most passing touchdowns in a single season.
Burrow is from Athens County, Ohio, and he was once the player of the year in the state of Ohio. Cincinnati went just 2-14 a season ago, but they believe they have found their franchise quarterback. The Bengals have not won a playoff game since 1990, but there is plenty of optimism surrounding Burrow and his unmatched talent.
Redskins Select Hometown Product Young
The Washington Redskins targeted defensive end Chase Young in the weeks leading up to the draft, and they were able to get their man. Young grew up less than 15 miles from FedEx Field, which is home to the Redskins. Young was widely considered the top overall player in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the Redskins turned down several trade offers to select him at No. 2.
Young finished the 2019 college football season with 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss in leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy vote. Young finished his standout career at Ohio State with 30.5 sacks, putting him in second place on the all-time sack leaders list.
Okudah Headed to Detroit
The Detroit Lions had the third pick in the draft, and this was the first interesting decision of the night. The Lions selected cornerback Jeff Okudah with this selection to shore up their secondary. It wasn’t a shock to see Okudah selected with this pick, but this was the first pick that didn’t appear to be known before the draft.
Okudah was the top-ranked cornerback headed into the 2020 NFL Draft after a standout career with the Ohio State Buckeyes. The 6-1, 205-pound defensive back is a solid tackler that has excellent ball skills. Detroit needed a cornerback after trading away veteran Darius Slay, and they became the third straight team to pick a player with ties to Ohio State.
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