The NFL Draft will go on as originally scheduled, though it will be unlike any draft to precede it due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The entirety of a prospects' football career has led to this point, scouts and executives who've been preparing for months will finally get to make their selections, and for sports fans, the draft will be their first live event in over a month.

Here's everything you need to know for a draft you're not going to want to miss a second of.

The when and where

The 2020 NFL Draft is a three-day event beginning on Thursday, April 23. The first round happens Thursday, rounds two and three are done on Friday and the rounds four-through-seven occur on Saturday. 

1st Round: Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m. EST
2nd/3rd Rounds: Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. EST
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 25 at 12 p.m. EST

The where is what's completely different this year. Originally set for Las Vegas, the NFL Draft shifted virtual due to the recommendations of public health officials. 

So commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the selections from his basement in Westchester, New York. It's unlikely he'll be able to hear the boos from fans sitting at home. 

How does a virtual draft work?

With everyone required to stay home with their families during the draft, the NFL will have cameras set up in general managers and coaches' home offices to accomplish two things. 

One, to make sure teams are abiding by social distancing guidelines, and two, to give fans a bit of a behind the scenes look at their team's various war rooms. 


Once a team is set to make a selection they can forward it directly to the league office via an internet connection, and they can also call the pick in to protect against technical difficulties. Three people per team will have the authority to make selections. 


If there are technical difficulties that prevent a team from making a pick, the NFL Player Personnel department has the authority to stop the clock and ensure a team can make their intended pick or trade. 

On the players side, there will be 58 "invitees" who will have a camera installed in their house. After they're drafted, they'll have some sort of interaction with commissioner Goodell, though it obviously won't be like years past. 

What picks do the Redskins and Ravens have?

As of Monday, April 20, the Redskins and Ravens have the following picks. They can, of course, trade any of these before or during the draft. 

Redskins (7 picks)
RD 1: PK 2
RD 3: PK 66
RD 4: PK 108
RD 4: PK 142
RD 5: PK 154
RD 7: PK 216
RD 7: PK 229

Ravens (9 picks)
RD 1: PK 28
RD 2: PK 55
RD 2: PK 60
RD 3: PK 92
RD 3: PK 106
RD 4: PK 129
RD 4: PK 143
RD 5: PK 157
RD 7: PK 225


Who are the top prospects?

This year's draft has everything you could ever want. Supreme talent at the top at crucial positions like quarterback, defensive end and offensive tackle, with incredibly deep position groups like wide receiver. 

Plenty of talent is on the board, and luckily enough, NBC Sports Washington's Charley Casserly ranked a few positions leading up to the draft. 

Quarterback: Joe Burrow (LSU), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), Justin Herbert (Oregon), Jordan Love (Utah State).

Running back: D'Andre Swift (Georgia), J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State), Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU).

Wide Receiver: Ceedee Lamb (Oklahoma), Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), Henry Ruggs III (Alabama), Justin Jefferson (LSU).

Tight End: Cole Kmet (Notre Dame), Adam Trautman (Dayton), Thaddeus Moss (LSU), Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)

Offensive TackleMekhi Becton (Louisville), Jedrick Wills (Alabama), Andrew Thomas (Georgia), Tristan Wirfs (Iowa).

Edge Rusher: Chase Young (Ohio State), K'Lavon Chaisson (LSU), A.J Epenesa (Iowa), Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State)

Defensive Tackle: Derrick Brown (Auburn), Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina)


Linebacker: Isiah Simmons (Clemson), Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma), Patrick Queen (LSU), Jordyn Brooks (Texas Tech)

Cornerback: Jeff Okudah (Ohio State), CJ Henderson (Florida), AJ Terrell (Clemson), Trevon Diggs (Alabama)

Safety: Xavier McKinney (Alabama), Grant Delpit (LSU), Antione Winfield Jr. (Minnesota), Ashtyn Davis (Cal)

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