The first round of the NFL draft will be held Thursday night, giving millions of Americans a chance to watch a major sporting event, albeit not an actual game, live for the first time in weeks after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements across the country. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be announcing draft picks from a TV studio set up in the basement of his home outside New York City instead of from a stage in Las Vegas.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is widely expected to be the first name Goodell calls when the Cincinnati Bengals make the top overall selection in the draft. Burrow also tops the mock draft CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards posted on CBSSports.com as a cheat sheet for the draft’s first two rounds.
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell, a member of the executive committee for the players’ union, told “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Dana Jacobson that health is a concern for players. Campbell’s close friend Von Miller is one of two NFL players who have tested positive for COVID-19.
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“It’s pretty scary, and that goes into going back to work,” Campbell told Jacobson. “We could all be sick and not even know it. Some of us might not have symptoms, and that’s pretty scary.”
Draft order for the first round of the 2020 NFL draft:
1. Cincinnati 2. Washington 3. Detroit 4. NY Giants 5. Miami 6. LA Chargers 7. Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Jacksonville 10. Cleveland 11. NY Jets 12. Las Vegas 13. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) 14. Tampa Bay 15. Denver 16. Atlanta 17. Dallas 18. Miami (from Pittsburgh) 19. Las Vegas (from Chicago) 20. Jacksonville (from L.A. Rams) 21. Philadelphia 22. Minnesota (from Buffalo) 23. New England 24. New Orleans 25. Minnesota 26. Miami (from Houston) 27. Seattle 28. Baltimore 29. Tennessee 30. Green Bay 31. San Francisco 32. Kansas City