NFL Draft 2020: 5 things to know from round 1


The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is complete with rounds two and three set to resume Friday at 6 p.m. CST.

Several talented prospects are still on the board even some that Saints head coach Sean Payton says New Orleans has given first-round grades.

A few prospects from LSU's national championship winning team are still available as well.

Still, there were several noteworthy moves made on the draft's opening night. 

For the second straight season the New Orleans Saints used their top pick on an interior offensive lineman, taking Michigan center Cesar Ruiz with the 24th pick of the first round.

The Saints drafted center Erik McCoy with their top pick in 2019 (a second-rounder).

Saints coach Sean Payton said he expects one of the players to move to guard as “we weren't drafting someone that high to come in and be a backup.” 

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The draft played out as expected

Payton said the draft unfolded “exactly how we thought it would,” but added that the team discussed both trading up and trading back. 

“Heading into this draft, you kind of had these discussions and there were a couple of players that we said if they fall enough we'd have an interest to go get,” he said. “But when you say that, I'm not talking about 24 to six or eight, really more 24 to 21, within range where you're not giving up too much draft capital and the same thing then takes place relative to (the topic of) are we comfortable going back four or five spots?” 

New Orleans’ NFC South rivals were all very active during free agency and each added a talented prospect in the first round of this year’s draft.

The Carolina Panthers, who signed former Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, landed the 2020 draft class' top defensive tackle in Auburn’s Derrick Bown.

LSU broke a school record by having five players taken in the first round, the most of any school this year and just one shy of tying Miami’s all-time mark of six in 2004. 

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick; linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson (No. 20 overall by the Jaguars), wide receiver Justin Jefferson (No. 22 overall by the Vikings), linebacker Patrick Queen (No. 28 overall by the Ravens) and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (No. 32 overall by the Chiefs) comprised the record setting group. 

The previous LSU record was four set in 2007, when quarterback JaMarcus Russell, safety LaRon Landry, and wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis were all taken in the first round.

Alabama had four players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5 overall by the Dolphins), receivers Jerry Jeudy (No. 15 overall by the Broncos) and Henry Ruggs (No. 12 by the Raiders) and offensive lineman Jedrick Wills (No. 10 by the Browns. 

The Crimson Tide became the first program to have four offensive players taken in the first round since USC in 1968. Alabama also was the first to have two first-round picks at receivers since LSU’s Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis were both taken in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Ohio State’s Chase Young, Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette were all drafted in the first round. Young went No. 2 overall to Washington and Okudah went No. 3 to Detroit. 

Young and Okudah became the first pair of consecutive top-three selections since 2000 when Penn State’s Courtney Brown, No. 1 overall, and Lavar Arrington, No. 2.