2020 NFL Draft: By the Numbers

David Fernandez
A freelance writer with more than 10 years experience, David is based in sunny Miami, FL. He holds a master's degree in English and Creative Writing, and teaches Journalism. As a freelance writer, David concentrates on sports, health, education and entertainment.

Three days. Seven rounds. 255 picks. The 2020 NFL Draft was unlike any of the 84 that proceeded it. With the world turned on its head thanks to the coronavirus, NFL fans flocked to their TVs to take in a bit of normalcy. And they flocked to the tune of over 55 million viewers.

The event was simulcast across four networks and various digital channels. And according to a press release from the NFL, the average audience for the three days was over 8.4 million.

15.6 million viewers took in Round 1 on Thursday. Over 8.2 million watched Rounds 2 and 3 Friday, while another 4.2 million witnessed Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.

The virtual draft also served as a fundraising “Draft-A-Thon” through NFL.com. According to commissioner Roger Goodell, the 2020 NFL Draft raised more than $100 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.

2020 NFL Draft: By the Numbers

0 – Prior to drafting Patrick Queen, the Baltimore Ravens had never selected a player from LSU. 

1 – The Bengals made the first pick in every round of this year’s draft, marking the third time Cincinnati has done so (2003, 1994). No other NFL team has done that even once in the common draft era (1967 on).

2 – The selections of Joe Burrow (No. 1 to Cincinnati) and Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5 to Miami) marked the first time two quarterbacks from the same conference were selected in the top-5 of a draft.

2 – Burrow joined Cam Newton (2011) as the only players to be the No. 1 pick after winning the National Championship and Heisman Trophy

3 – Three teams took three WRs (Denver, Philadelphia, Las Vegas), and one school had three selected (UF).

4 – Four schools have had at least one player drafted every year in the Common Draft Era (since 1967). Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, USC. Nebraska qualified for this list up until 2019.

4 – Alabama has had 4 players selected in the top 20 for the first time in school history. It joins USC in 1968 as only schools in common-draft era to have 4 offensive players selected in the 1st round of a single draft.

4 – With the Jets’ selection of QB James Morgan in the fourth round, FIU is now 1 of just 4 schools to have multiple QBs drafted since 2018 (Oklahoma, LSU, Washington St).

5 – The Miami Dolphins selected QB Tua Tagovailoa with the 5th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s the fifth 1st-round QB the Dolphins have chosen in franchise history. Two of the previous four became Hall of Famers. Hall of Famer Dan Marino was the last Dolphins QB to make a Pro Bowl (1995 season). Miami has the longest active QB Pro Bowl drought in the NFL.

5 – Ohio State has five Top-5 selections since 2016, most of any school. (Young, Okudah in 2020; Nick Bosa, 2019; Denzel Ward, 2018; Joey Bosa, 2016).

6 – Only 6 FCS players were selected, far and away the lowest total. Previous low was 12 (2003). The high is 29 (1996).

6 – Six University of Miami football players were chosen in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. That is a record that still exists.


7 – The seven Clemson selections in the 2020 NFL Draft pushed Clemson’s number of draft picks over the last five years to 31, adding to what is now the most-prolific five-year stretch of drafts in school history.

8 – 8 WRs were taken inside the first 35 selections. (Most all-time.)

9 – Only nine teams didn’t draft a WR. Green Bay was among those, despite the fact that 54 percent of their WR snaps in 2019 came from undrafted free agents. Nine WRs drafted came from the SEC (most by any conference).

10 – Michigan and Ohio State each had 10 selections in the 2020 NFL Draft. This marked the sixth time in the Common Draft Era (since 1967) that multiple teams from the same conference had 10+ picks in the same draft.

10 – The 2020 NFL Draft marked the first time LSU has ever had 10 players selected in a single NFL Draft. They tied the record for most picks in the first three rounds. (Ohio State set the record with 10 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.)

10 – FIU’s Morgan is the 10th QB to be drafted by the New York Jets in the last 15 years, most by any team. Zero have made a Pro Bowl.

11 – Boise State has had at least one player drafted in each of the last 11 years. Additionally, the three selections are tied for the most in a single draft since 2014 and 2016 (3).

12 – The Bills selection of Tyler Bass marks the 12th time in franchise history (since the common era) Buffalo has taken a kicker.

13 – 13 WRs were selected between round one and two (most all-time).

14 – For the 14th straight year, the SEC had the most draft picks among conferences, finishing with 63. 

15 – Minnesota Vikings’s 15 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft set a record for the number of selections made by one team in a seven-round format of an NFL Draft (since 1994), topping the 1997 Dolphins and 2016 Browns classes that had 14 members apiece.

15 – The SEC shattered a draft record with 15 players selected in the first round. The previous record of 12 was shared by the ACC (2006) and SEC (2013, 2017). 

16 – The 2020 NFL Draft took nearly 16 hours to complete. It was the longest draft since 2007 (18:05).

17 – University of Texas’s 17 players selected in 1984 still stands has the highest single-school total for one draft. LSU finished the 2020 NFL Draft with 14 selections, tying them with Ohio State (2004) for the most in the 7-round format.  

19 – 19 of the picks through rounds 1-3 were from either LSU or Alambama.

2020 NFL Draft: By the Numbers

20 – 20 of the first 50 picks were players from the SEC.

21 – The Detroit Lions snapped a 21-year-long streak of not drafting a CB in the first round when they selected Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah No. 3 overall. Detroit last selected a CB in the first-round in 1998 (Terry Fair).

24 – Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, 24 quarterbacks have been drafted 1st overall in the Common Draft Era (since 1967); 4 have won an NFL MVP and 6 have won a Super Bowl MVP. Only Terry Bradshaw, John Elway and Peyton Manning have won both.

25 – The SEC had 25 players selected in the first 2 rounds of the 2020 #NFLDraft, the most by a conference in the first 2 rounds in a single draft all-time. This breaks the previous record of 22 players in 2019 … also set by the SEC.

29 – In total, 29 trades were completed during the draft. Miami, New England and San Francisco were each involved in five trades, most among all NFL teams. The 49ers didn’t use any of their own original draft selections; every single one they used to pick a player was acquired in a trade.

33 – Joe Burrow became the 33rd quarterback selected No. 1 overall. He was also the third consecutive Heisman Trophy winner to be chosen at the top of the NFL Draft.

36 – 36 wide receivers were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. That’s tied for the most in draft history through seven rounds (2003).

36 – Aaron Rodgers is 36 years old. Shortly after Rodgers was drafted by Green Bay in 2005, incumbent QB Brett Favre turned 36 years old as well. 

40 – 40 SEC players were selected in the first 3 rounds, the most by a conference in first 3 rounds of a draft all-time.

56 – 56 players selected had a first name that began with “J”, most by any letter in a draft since the draft was shortened to 7 rounds in 1994.

84 – With the three first-round picks this year, Ohio State has the most players selected all-time in the first round of the draft with 84. (USC – 81)

96 – 96 collegiate teams across all three divisions of the NCAA had at least one player selected.

134 – The first 134 picks were all invited to the NFL Combine, breaking the record for the latest into a draft that every player selected was also a Combine invite (since at least 2010). Pittsburgh’s selection OG Kevin Dotson (135) from Louisiana marked the first player selected in the 2020 NFL Draft who was not invited to the NFL Combine.

Don’t miss the rest of our 2020 NFL Draft coverage, and don’t forget to follow @NFLDraftLounge on Twitter and Facebook!

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