[Live Blog] The 2020 NFL Draft: Day Three
For the first time in what feels like forever, football fans have something to look forward to.
That’s right, baby. The final day of the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 and will feature a huge pool of new players trying to make their NFL dreams comes true.
The final four rounds will feature a host of Penn Staters, including John Reid, Robert Windsor, and Cam Brown. While they didn’t get a ton of early-round attention, several Penn Staters could still hear their names called and become difference-makers for NFL squads.
Follow along this afternoon as we update you on all the action and feel free to catch the draft yourself by tuning into ESPN, NFL Network, or ABC.
7:07 p.m. — That’ll do it for the 2020 NFL Draft, folks! Check out where Penn State now stands in the all-time rankings after five Nittany Lions were drafted this weekend.
6:28 p.m. — TOMMY HAS ARRIVED.
6:26 p.m. — Tommy Stevens, or the next Taysom Hill?
6:23 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN TOMMY!! Just when you thought it was over for the Nittany Lions, the New Orleans Saints selected former Penn State “Lion” Tommy Stevens with the 240th pick.
5:27 p.m. — We’ve made it to the seventh round folks! Garrett Taylor and Steven Gonzalez are a few of the Nittany Lions who may hear their names called in this final round.
5:25 p.m. — Let’s get real folks. Those three beer-battered fish sandwiches never stood a chance.
5:04 p.m. — Our Queen shouts out Big Rob!
4:56 p.m. — John Reid and Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien have crossed paths before.
4:31 p.m. — We know you’re probably busy with all of these Penn Staters getting drafted, but check out Windsor’s highlight reel when you get a chance.
4:29 p.m. — Welcome to Indy, Rob.
4:27 p.m. — Check out exactly what the Colts are getting in big man Rob Windsor.
4:25 p.m. — Windsor is now the second Penn State defensive lineman to hear his name called in this year’s draft.
4:23 p.m. — Another Nittany Lion is head to the NFL!! The Indianapolis Colts select Robert Windsor with the 193rd pick.
4:17 p.m. — A punter has been drafted! But his name isn’t Blake Gillikin… The New York Jets select Texas A&M’s Braden Mann with the 191st pick.
4:07 p.m. — While Cam Brown is the first Nittany Lion linebacker to be drafted since 2013, don’t be surprised if more are on the way…
3:59 p.m. — Here are just a few of Cam Brown’s biggest plays as a Nittany Lion.
3:56 p.m. — Brown is joining several Nittany Lions in the Big Apple, including Saquon Barkley, Grant Haley, and defensive-line coach Sean Spencer.
3:50 p.m. — Another one!! Cam Brown is headed to New York, as the Giants select him with the 183rd pick!
3:45 p.m. — Welcome to the sixth round! The Cincinnati Bengals open it up by selecting Kansas offensive tackle Hakeem Adeniji with the 180th pick.
3:07 p.m. — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm finally has a team. The Buffalo Bills selected the gunslinger with the 167th overall pick in the fifth round. Going to be a bit colder than Georgia, Jake!
2:50 p.m. — Penn State’s old friend Tyler Johnson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 161st pick. The Minnesota wide receiver ripped off seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Gophers’ win over the Nittany Lions last season.
2:18 p.m. — Bill O’Brien right now: #WeAre…Better
2:15 p.m. — Lamont Wade made sure to congratulate Reid on Saturday, a guy he clearly learned a lot from.
2:11 p.m. — Reid joins Yetur Gross-Matos and KJ Hamler as the three Nittany Lions taken in the draft so far.
2:05 p.m. — Mel Kiper complimented Reid’s “ball skills” and general savvy in defending wide receivers. They also discussed Reid’s talents off the field and in the classroom.
2:02 p.m. — Reid was a consistent cornerback throughout his time in Happy Valley, and he’ll now bring his skills to Houston to play for a fellow Nittany Lion.
1:54 p.m. — John Reid becomes the third Nittany Lion taken in this year’s draft! Former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans selected the cornerback with the 141st pick.
1:41 p.m.: Another Big Ten cornerback is off the board… The Jacksonville Jaguars select Michigan State’s Josiah Scott with the 137th pick.
1:00 p.m. — B1G TEN! With the 124th pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Maryland running back Anthony McFarland.
12:54 p.m. — There goes a quarterback! The Colts select Washington’s Jacob Eason with the 122nd pick.
12:41 p.m. — The Jacksonville Jaguars take offensive tackle Ben Bartch from St. Johns University at Minnesota with the 116th pick. In order to put on weight, this dude drank a smoothie with (wait for it) seven eggs, cottage cheese, grits, peanut butter, a banana, and gatorade in it. Respect.
12:22 p.m. — We’re moving right along with this fourth round! The New York Giants select UCLA defensive back Darnay Holmes with the 110th pick.
12:11 p.m. — The Cincinnati Bengals get the fourth round started by selecting Appalachian State linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither with the 107th pick. He recored five total tackles when the Mountaineers nearly beat Penn State to open the 2018 season at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State defensive talents John Reid, Cam Brown, Robert Windsor, and several others are still on the board! Follow along with our live coverage to see if any Nittany Lions hear their names called on the final day of the NFL Draft.
8:54 p.m. — Here’s a familiar name: Former Ohio State running back JK Dobbins is headed to Baltimore with the No. 55 overall pick.
8:47 p.m. — Next up, the Buffalo Bills select former Iowa defensive end AJ Epenesa at No. 54 overall.
8:40 p.m. — The Philadelphia Eagles, for whatever reason, select Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at No. 53. I don’t know, man.
8:37 p.m. — The Los Angeles Rams use their first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to select Florida State running back Cam Akers at No. 52 overall.
8:35 p.m. — Next up, the Dallas Cowboys pick Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs at No. 51 overall. America’s Team (Editor’s note: ugh) gains a valuable defensive back after losing Byron Jones to the Miami Dolphins this offseason.
8:34 p.m. — Us too, James. Us too.
Congratulations KJ! Going to miss your electric personality & playmaking ability! But most of all, I am going to miss your parents’ rap videos!— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) April 25, 2020
8:29 p.m. — At No. 50 overall, the Chicago Bears select Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson.
8:25 p.m. — The Pittsburgh Steelers take Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool at No. 49 overall. The team’s first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft should help the Steelers’ offense get a lot faster this season.
8:20 p.m. — Is Denver shaping up to become the next great wide receiver corps? Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler could certainly make that a speedy reality.
8:19 p.m. — College GameDay’s analysts are BIG Hamler fans! Don’t think anyone’s too surprised about that…
8:18 p.m. — The Atlanta Falcons select Auburn defensive tackle Marlon Davidson at No. 47 overall.
8:14 p.m. — Saquon Barkley and Sean Clifford approve!
8:13 p.m. — ESPN’s analysts are big fans of Hamler. They’re currently touting his lethal speed and versatility across the gridiron but add he’ll need to work on his drop rate just a bit.
8:12 p.m. — Next up, with the No. 46 overall pick, the Denver Broncos select… Penn State wide receiver KJ Hamler! He’ll join fellow Nittany Lion DaeSean Hamilton in the Mile High City this fall.
8:09 p.m. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. at No. 45 overall. Be sure to grab a drink to get through his highlights against Penn State, folks.
8:05 p.m. — The Cleveland Browns take LSU safety Grant Delpit at No. 44 overall. This is now the second straight year the Browns have taken an LSU defensive back in the second round.
8 p.m. — The Chicago Bears quickly select Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet at No. 43 overall. Last season, Chicago tight ends totaled 419 receiving yards — the second-fewest in the NFL behind Pittsburgh.
7:57 p.m. — In an emotional interview on ABC, Yetur Gross-Matos described what it felt like getting drafted by the Carolina Panthers and his relationship with his late father and brother.
7:55 p.m. — Next up, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. at No. 42 overall.
7:50 p.m. — James Franklin is officially IN on Yetur Gross-Matos heading to Carolina.
Incredibly proud of Yetur & excited for his family! Carolina is getting a special young man!— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) April 24, 2020
7:48 p.m. — TRADE! The Colts acquire the No. 41 overall pick from the Cleveland Browns and select Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. Penn State fans surely remember the three-time All-American’s many, many impressive games throughout his career with the Badgers.
7:46 p.m. — The Houston Texans use the second-round pick they got from DeAndre Hopkins’ trade to Arizona on TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock.
7:45 p.m. — After hearing it a million times and reading through the Geneva Conventions, we think it’s time to form a petition to have analysts retire the phrase, “abuse another human” when describing prospects, eh?
7:42 p.m. — The Miami Dolphins select Louisiana offensive lineman Robert Hunt at No. 39 overall with their first pick of the second round.
7:38 p.m. — Gross-Matos will head to Carolina and join forces with State College native and former Penn State linebacker Matt Rhule. He was hired as the Panthers’ head coach this past winter after leading Temple and Baylor in the past few years.
7:37 p.m. — ESPN’s analysts are touting Gross-Matos’ pass-rush ability, good hands, and outstanding leverage on its live broadcasts. Sounds like they’re excited about this Nittany Lion!
7:36 p.m. — At No. 38 overall, the Carolina Panthers select… Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos! He’s the first Penn Stater off the board in this year’s draft and the highest-drafted Nittany Lion defensive lineman since Jared Odrick in 2010.
7:33 p.m. — The New England Patriots select Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger at No. 37 overall, their first selection of the draft.
7:30 p.m. — The New York Giants waste no time and select Alabama safety Xavier McKinney with the No. 36 overall pick. He’ll head up to the Meadowlands and join forces with Penn Staters such as Saquon Barkley, Grant Haley, and defensive line coach Sean Spencer. Alexa, play “That Should Be Me.”
7:25 p.m. — With the No. 35 overall pick, the Detroit Lions select Georgia running back D’Andre Swift. He’ll join former Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, who was selected No. 2 overall last night, in the Motor City.
7:19 p.m. — Next, the Indianapolis Colts select USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. at No. 34 overall — their first pick of the draft! Pittman will get to work with former Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, who joined the Colts this offseason.
7:14 p.m. — Cincinnati kicks off the night and takes Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins at No. 33 overall. The Bengals didn’t waste any time getting franchise quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow some weapons!
7:08 p.m. — And we’re underway! The Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock with the No. 33 overall pick.
6:30 p.m. — We’re 30 minutes out from the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft! Tonight, teams will make their selections in the draft’s second and third rounds.
Penn State standouts Yetur Gross-Matos and KJ Hamler are still on the board! Follow along with our live coverage to see if their NFL dreams come true tonight.
12:13 a.m. — Well, that’s a wrap on day one, folks. Although no Nittany Lions heard their names called tonight, there’s a very good chance Yetur Gross-Matos, KJ Hamler, and maybe even a few more will get their chances Friday evening. Be sure to rest up and check back here tomorrow for more updates on the 2020 NFL Draft!
12:09 a.m. — With the final pick of the 2020 NFL Draft’s first round, the Kansas City Chiefs select LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The defending Super Bowl LIV champs wrap up the night by selecting this year’s first running back.
12:02 a.m. — It’s a new day! The Minnesota Vikings take TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney with the penultimate pick in the first round.
11:58 p.m. — The Miami Dolphins select Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene at No. 30 overall in the first round. Looks like the Dolphins are finally done for the night after a slew of big-name selections.
11:48 p.m. — With the No. 29 pick, the Tennessee Titans selected Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson. Three more picks on the night!
11:41 p.m. — Next, the Baltimore Ravens take LSU linebacker Patrick Queens at No. 28 overall. Only four more picks in the first round!
11:34 p.m. — At No. 27 overall, the Seattle Seahawks select Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks. Seattle was thought to be a popular landing spot for Yetur Gross-Matos, but it looks like we’ll need to wait a bit to see where the Nittany Lion ends up.
11:29 p.m. — Guess it’s Miles’ bedtime. Goodnight, sweet prince.
11:22 p.m. — TRADE 3: TOKYO DRIFT! The Packers have traded with Miami to move into No. 26 overall. Green Bay selects Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the pick, while the Dolphins gain a first and fourth-round pick.
11:13 p.m. — TRADE 2: 2 FAST 2 TRADE! The Vikings and 49ers swap places, allowing San Francisco to move into No. 25 overall. The team then selected Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who’ll help strengthen a weak receiver corps.
11:09 p.m. — At No. 24 overall, the New Orleans Saints select offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz. He started 31 career games at Michigan throughout his college career.
11 p.m. — TRADE! The New England Patriots have traded their No. 23 overall pick to the Las Angeles Chargers in exchange for No. 37 and No. 71 overall. The Chargers then selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray.
10:56 p.m. — The Minnesota Vikings make their first pick of the night and select LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson at No. 22 overall. He’s now the second receiver in a row off the board and should help make up for Stefon Diggs’ departure to Buffalo this offseason.
10:50 p.m. — Miles Sanders is excited, per source.
10:45 p.m. — “Just outside Philly” crowd, rejoice! The Philadelphia Eagles select TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor with the No. 21 overall pick.
10:41 p.m. — Next up, the Jacksonville Jaguars select LSU defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson with their second first-round pick of the night. Heads up, Eagles fans. Philadelphia is on deck!
10:33 p.m. — Miles Sanders breaks his silence and officially announces he’s #bummed the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb at No. 17.
10:32 p.m. — Before announcing their next pick, the Las Vegas Raiders announce they’ll host the draft again next year after effectively missing it this year.
They then took former Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette with the No. 20 overall pick, who checked in as a second-team All-Big Ten standout in 2019.
10:27 p.m. — Miami’s second first-round selection is USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson. He’ll work to keep quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who the Dolphins took at No. 5, safe this season.
10:17 p.m. — The Dallas Cowboys select Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with the No. 17 overall pick, effectively breaking Eagles fans’ hearts around the nation.
10:11 p.m. — Next up, the Atlanta Falcons take Clemson cornerback AJ Terrell with the No. 16 overall pick. We’re halfway done, folks!
10:04 p.m. — With the No. 15 pick in the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. The former Alabama wideout hauled in six passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson Tide’s win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
9:59 p.m. — At No. 14 overall, the San Francisco 49ers select defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. Moving back one spot allowed the team to pick up an extra fourth-round selection, which they’ll put to use later this weekend.
9:47 p.m. — TRADE! Tampa Bay is moving up to No. 13, while San Francisco slides down one spot to No. 14. The Buccaneers select offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with the pick. He’s now the fifth Iowa offensive lineman to be selected in the first round since 2004.
9:41 p.m. — The Las Vegas Raiders select wide receiver Henry Ruggs III at No. 12 overall — the first pass-catcher off the board in this year’s draft. Las Vegas’ first-ever draft selection!
9:40 p.m. — No receivers taken in the first 11 picks? What’s up with that?
9:35 p.m. — With the No. 11 overall pick, the New York Jets take offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. He’ll head up to the Meadowlands to join former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken, who re-signed with the team earlier Thursday afternoon.
Additionally, we’ve signed four exclusive rights free agents: LB B.J. Bello, K Sam Ficken, OL Leo Koloamatangi and LB Frankie Luvu.https://t.co/57K2IWTvqh— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 23, 2020
9:28 p.m. — Jedrick Wills Jr.: Miles Sanders approved!
9:25 p.m. — Announced by St. Jude pediatric cancer patient Fletcher Rollinson, the Cleveland Browns take offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. at No. 10 overall. He’s now the second offensive lineman off the board in the first round.
9:23 p.m. — The draft is moving at lightning speed! Well, compared to previous years, at least. The Arizona Cardinals take linebacker Isaiah Simmons at No. 8 overall, while the Jacksonville Jaguars take cornerback CJ Henderson at No. 9 moments later.
9:15 p.m. — Matt Rhule: Penn Stater at heart!
9:10 p.m. — With the No. 7 overall pick, the Carolina Panthers select defensive tackle Derrick Brown. He’ll join new head coach and former Penn State linebacker Matt Rhule down in Charlotte, who was hired back in January.
9:02 p.m. — Another quarterback is off the board. Former Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert is headed to Los Angeles after the Chargers selected him with the No. 6 overall pick. Herbert found plenty of success throughout his senior year slinging touchdowns to former Penn State wideout Juwan Johnson.
8:55 p.m. — Aloha! Tua Tagovailoa is headed to Miami with the No. 5 overall pick. The former Alabama star will now likely be the 22nd starting quarterback for the Dolphins since 2000 when Dan Marino left the team.
8:48 p.m. — Next up, the New York Giants select tackle Andrew Thomas with the No. 4 overall pick. Finally, a player who wasn’t a former Ohio State star.
8:38 p.m. — With the No. 3 pick, the Detroit Lions take former Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah. If his showings against Penn State tell us anything, he’ll have plenty of success up in Detroit. Okudah racked up six total tackles against the Nittany Lions in their two most recent meetings.
8:34 p.m. — Miles Sanders *checks notes* does ~not~ approve, Redskins.
8:33 p.m. — Next, the Washington Redskins select former Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he’s been haunting the Nittany Lions for years with his disruptive plays, including this infamous 4th & 5 stop in 2018.
Bad news for joint Penn State-Eagles fans. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon…
8:24 p.m. — The pick is in! The Bengals select former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall, making him the ninth signal-caller to go with the first pick since 2009. Somewhere, Coach O is smiling down upon us. #GeauxTigers
8:23 p.m. — While Cincinnati takes what feels like a thousand hours to make its selection, Miles Sanders riled up Penn State’s “just outside of Philly” crowd by asking for input on the team’s first-round selection.
8:16 p.m. — Spoke too soon! The Bengals are on the clock with tonight’s very first pick, folks.
8:15 p.m. — We’re still waiting for the Bengals to hop onto the clock. In the meantime, we’ve heard from Tony Fauci, Harry Connick Jr., and Bud Light. Riveting!
8:05 p.m. — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is now addressing viewers ahead of the draft via his nicely furnished basement. Breaking from tradition, he wasn’t met with a chorus of boos (yet).
8 p.m. — Aaaand we’re underway! A sick hype video featuring past draft highlights is premiering on ESPN before the Cincinnati Bengals take the floor.
7:49 p.m. — Former Penn State running back Miles Sanders is live-tweeting tonight’s festivities with The Players’ Tribune! The Eagles drafted him No. 53 overall in last year’s draft. Now a year later, he’s already reminiscing on the big night.
Was definitely nervous this time last year. No feeln’ like hearing your name called! ?? – MS— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) April 23, 2020
7:30 p.m. — Welcome to our coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft! We’re locked in for a fun night of sports (for the first time in a while). We’ll keep you posted on all the action by sharing posts, interviews, and tweets here all weekend long.
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