NFL Draft Order 2020: Complete List of First Round Picks, Top-Rated Prospects

In the recent history of the NFL Draft, rarely has a first overall pick looked more straightforward than the Cincinnati Bengals selecting LSU quarterback Joe Burrow on Thursday night.

The Bengals hold the first overall selection in the draft after finishing with an NFL-worst 2-14 record last season, and bar a major plot twist, the man who set college football alight last season will be the first name off the board.

Last season, Burrow became the first player in SEC history to throw for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the same season and setting a new school and conference record with 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns.

Burrow, who grew up in Ohio, steered LSU to a perfect 15-0 season and the national title, adding the Heisman Trophy—which he won by a landslide—to his personal trophy cabinet.

Behind the Bengals, the Washington Redskins have a number of holes to fill on both sides of the ball but are expected to use the second overall pick on Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, who many consider to be the best football player of the 2020 draft class.

Chase Young, Ohio State
Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Young is expected to be the second overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. Jamie Sabau/Getty

If the first two picks are almost set in stone, the same cannot be said of the three teams picking next. The Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Miami Dolphins have different needs and could all be active in the trade market leading up to Thursday night.

Albeit for different reasons, neither the Lions nor the Giants need a quarterback. Following the injury that prematurely ended his involvement last season, Detroit will have Matthew Stafford available when the 2020 campaign eventually gets underway, while the Giants selected Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick last year and were committed to make him their franchise quarterback.

Earlier this week, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman admitted the team had closely monitored Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, but the suggestion the Giants could emulate the Arizona Cardinals and select two quarterbacks in the first round in consecutive drafts—the Cardinals picked Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick last year after using the 10th overall pick on Josh Rosen 12 months earlier—seems unlikely, particularly given the G-Men have bigger holes to fill.

Most mock drafts have the Lions picking Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah and the Giants selecting Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, need a quarterback but their belief in Tua Tagovailoa appears to be wavering. The former Alabama quarterback was spoken of as a potential first overall pick before suffering a season-ending hip injury in November, less than a month after recovering from surgery on his ankle.

Travel restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic have prevented teams from carrying out a medical on Tagovailoa and NBC's Peter King suggested concerns over his fitness could see the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up fall down the board on Thursday night.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama looks on during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Some experts have suggested concern over his fitness could see Tagovailoa fall down the order in the NFL Draft. Joe Robbins/Getty

The Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns round up the teams picking in the top 10 in the first round.

Herbert, Auburn and South Carolina defensive tackles Dustin Brown and Javon Kinlaw are all rated as top-10 prospects, along with Clemson star Isaiah Simmons and Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton.

Like Miami, Jacksonville is among the five teams holding multiple first round picks. The Dolphins will pick at No. 5 and No. 26, while the Jaguars have the ninth and 20th selection and the Las Vegas Raiders will pick at No. 12 and No. 19.

Despite reaching Super Bowl LIV in February, the San Francisco 49ers also hold two picks—the No.13, which they acquired from the Indianapolis Colts last month and the No. 31—while the Minnesota Vikings hold picks No. 22 and 25.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots will pick at No. 23 in the first draft of the post-Tom Brady era. With 12 overall picks, the Patriots have the second-highest number of selections in the draft, behind only the Dolphins, who own 14 picks.

The New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs are tied for the fewest amount of picks with five, with the latter picking last in the opening round after triumphing in Super Bowl LIV in February.

Unlike in previous years, the 2020 draft will see only 255 picks instead of the usual 256, as the Cardinals forfeited a fifth-round pick in the supplemental draft.

Here's the complete draft order for teams picking in the first round.

2020 NFL Draft order

  1. Cincinnati Bengals
  2. Washington Redskins
  3. Detroit Lions
  4. New York Giants
  5. Miami Dolphins
  6. Los Angeles Chargers
  7. Carolina Panthers
  8. Arizona Cardinals
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars
  10. Cleveland Browns
  11. New York Jets
  12. Las Vegas Raiders
  13. San Francisco 49ers (via Indianapolis Colts)
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  15. Denver Broncos
  16. Atlanta Falcons
  17. Dallas Cowboys
  18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers)
  19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago Bears)
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams)
  21. Philadelphia Eagles
  22. Minnesota Vikings (via Buffalo Bills)
  23. New England Patriots
  24. New Orleans Saints
  25. Minnesota Vikings
  26. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans)
  27. Seattle Seahawks
  28. Baltimore Ravens
  29. Tennessee Titans
  30. Green Bay Packers
  31. San Francisco 49ers
  32. Kansas City Chiefs