The 2020 NFL Draft will be the 85th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players. The draft is expected to be held from April 23 to 25, based on prior draft dates. It will be held in Paradise, Nevada.
|2020 NFL Draft|
|Date(s)||April 23–25, 2020|
|Time||8:00 PM ET|
|Network(s)||ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network|
|256 total selections in 7 rounds|
The host city for this draft would have been chosen from among finalists Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Cleveland/Canton in May 2018 during the NFL Spring League Meeting, when Nashville was chosen to host the 2019 draft. However, the host city for 2020 was deferred. After Denver withdrew, citing scheduling conflicts, Las Vegas was chosen as the host on December 12, 2018. The 2020 Draft being hosted in Las Vegas coincides with the scheduled arrival of the former Oakland Raiders in the city during the same offseason.
In the explanations below, (PD) indicates trades completed prior to the start of the draft (i.e. Pre-Draft), while (D) denotes trades that took place during the 2020 draft.
The 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama", or "The Tide") will represent the University of Alabama in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This season marks the Crimson Tide's 127th overall season, 86th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and 28th within the SEC Western Division. They will play their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and will be led by 13th-year head coach Nick Saban.2019 American Athletic Conference football season
The 2019 American Athletic Conference football season is the 28th NCAA Division I FBS Football season of the American Athletic Conference (The American). The season is the seventh since the former Big East Conference dissolved and became the American Athletic Conference and the sixth season of the College Football Playoff in place. The American is considered a member of the "Group of Five" (G5) the other groups are Conference USA, (C–USA) the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Mountain West Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. The entire schedule was released on February 7, 2019.2019 Arizona Wildcats football team
The 2019 Arizona Wildcats football team will represent the University of Arizona in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This season will mark the Wildcats 120th season. They play their home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona (for the 91st year) and competed members of the South Division (9th season) in the Pac-12 Conference (42nd overall season). They were led by second-year head coach Kevin Sumlin.2019 Big 12 Conference football season
The 2019 Big 12 Conference football season represents the 24th season of Big 12 conference football, taking place during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season will begin with non-conference play on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Big 12 Conference will begin on Saturday September 21, 2019. The Entire schedule was released on October 18, 2018.The 2019 season will be the eighth for the Big 12 since the 2010–13 Big 12 Conference realignment brought the Big 12 membership to its current form.
As a ten–team league, the Big 12 will play a nine-game round-robin conference schedule and each member will play three non-conference games – one of which must be against Power Five conference foe. The regular season will be followed by a conference championship game played between the regular-season champion and the regular-season runner-up. The 2019 Big 12 Championship Game will be held on Saturday December 7, 2019.2019 Big Ten Conference football season
The 2019 Big Ten conference football season is the 124th season of college football play for the Big Ten Conference and is part of the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season.
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The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles season will be the franchise's 87th season in the National Football League and will be the fourth season under head coach Doug Pederson.
The Eagles will try to improve on their 9–7 record from 2018 where they made the playoffs, but lost in the NFC Divisional game against the New Orleans Saints. On top of making the playoffs last season, the Eagles will try to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season and win their 2nd Super Bowl title.2019 Washington Redskins season
The 2019 Washington Redskins season will be the franchise's 88th season in the National Football League and their sixth under head coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins are looking to improve on their 7-9 record from the previous two seasons and make the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season.2020 in sports
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The 2021 NFL Draft will be the 86th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players. The draft is expected to be held from April 29 to May 1, based on prior draft dates. It will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.2023 NFL Draft
The 2023 NFL Draft will be the 88th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players. The draft is expected to be held from April 27 to 29, 2023 based on prior draft dates. It will be held in Kansas City, Missouri.A. J. Epenesa
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The National Football League Draft, also called the NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting, is an annual event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment. Each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last place team is positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof. The round is complete when each team has either selected a player or traded its position in the draft.
Certain aspects of the draft, including team positioning and the number of rounds in the draft, have been revised since its creation in 1936, but the fundamental method has remained the same. Currently the draft consists of seven rounds. The original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, ideally, be able to choose the best player available. In the early years of the draft, players were chosen based on hearsay, print media, or other rudimentary evidence of ability. In the 1940s, some franchises began employing full-time scouts. The ensuing success of these teams eventually forced the other franchises to also hire scouts.
Colloquially, the name of the draft each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing. For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season. However, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception. The location of the draft has continually changed over the years to accommodate more fans, as the event has gained popularity. The draft's popularity now garners prime-time television coverage. In the league's early years, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, the draft was held in various cities with NFL franchises until the league settled on New York City starting in 1965, where it remained for fifty years until 2015. The 2015 and 2016 NFL drafts were held in Chicago, while the 2017 version was held in Philadelphia and 2018 in Dallas. The 2019 NFL Draft was held in Nashville and the 2020 NFL Draft will be in Las Vegas. In recent years, the NFL draft has occurred in late April or early May.
|Early era (1936–1959)|
|AFL and NFL era (1960–1966)|
|Common draft (1967–1969)|
|Modern era (1970–present)|