NFL Draft Round One
The first day of the 2020 NFL Draft started in NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell's basement since the draft was held virtually due to COVID-19.
After ending the regular season 15-0 and adding wins from the SEC Championship, the Peach Bowl and the CFP National Championship, many LSU fans have long waited for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Another LSU record was added to the books as five players landed in the first round for the first time.
Catch up on what you may have missed and the historic No. 1 pick.
Joe Burrow || Pick No. 1 || Cincinnati Bengals
The pick is in…with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Burrow, the quarterback from LSU. While this pick came as no shock to many, Burrow was still elated as he celebrated via video chat with his family in his hometown of Athens County, Ohio.
ESPN Draft Expert Mel Kiper predicted Burrow to be a sixth-round pick just last year, but after his stellar senior season, Burrow now holds the historic No. 1 selection saying, “It’s a dream come true.” During the 2019 season, Burrow won the Heisman along with four other awards. He also broke two NCAA single-season records at 60 touchdowns and 65 touchdowns.
Burrow wasted no time in crediting his LSU teammates and showing appreciation to his hometown for getting him to where he is today.
K’Lavon Chaisson || Pick No. 20 || Jacksonville Jaguars
As the second Tiger to join the NFL in 2020, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected K’Lavon Chaisson. Depending on the Jaguars’ defense, Chaisson may play as a stand-up edge or an outside line-backer due to his versatility. Chaisson tore his ACL in the season opener in 2018 but recovered and wore the notable No. 18 jersey for LSU in 2019, which acknowledged his leadership and dedication.
Before taking a single snap in high school, Chaisson received six offers to play in college. He traveled with a friend to LSU’s summer camp and had no intention of trying out. Coaches urged him to reconsider, so he borrowed a pair of cleats for the day and later was offered a scholarship from LSU.
Justin Jefferson || Pick No. 22 || Minnesota Vikings
Not far behind his former teammate in the draft, Justin Jefferson, wide receiver, will represent some familiar colors as he plays for the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson came to LSU ranked as the No. 308 wideout in the 2017 class and was not even in the top 50 in Louisiana. Jefferson proved wrong and led the Tigers with 111 receptions in the 2019 season.
The Jefferson name is not uncommon in Death Valley as Jefferson’s two older brothers also played for LSU in 2008-2011 and 2013-2015.
Patrick Queen || Pick No. 28 || Baltimore Ravens
While many Tiger fans were hoping to see linebacker Patrick Queen playing for the Saints next season, Queen instead found his new home with the Baltimore Ravens as the No. 28 pick. He will join an impressive veteran defensive line in Baltimore as the first LSU Tiger to ever be drafted by the Ravens.
After helping secure the National Championship win with eight tackles, Queen was named the Defensive MVP of the title game. Queen finished the monumental season at LSU with 85 tackles and ranked second with 12 tackles for loss. Queen also recorded three sacks and an interception for the 2019 season.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire || Pick No. 32 || Kansas City Chiefs
Joining the reigning Super Bowl 54 Champion’s roster with the final pick in the first round is running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He was the first running back off the board in the 2020 Draft.
Edwards-Helaire stacked notable numbers as he was second in the SEC with 1,414 rushing yards and led the SEC with 16 rushing touchdowns. He set a school record with 55 catches for 453 yards and accounted for 370 carries in his three-year career at LSU. Edwards-Helaire was also recognized as LSU’s MVP. He was a finalist for the 2019 Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile player.
No. 24 || New Orleans Saints || Cesar Ruiz
As for the pro team in Louisiana, the New Orleans Saints will welcome Michigan center, Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz did not always play center as he became familiar with playing right guard for the Wolverines.
Standing at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds, Ruiz impressed many at the combine as he tied for the 10th-fastest in the 40-yard dash at 5.08 seconds.
Many Saints fans had hoped for an LSU Tiger to join their roster, but Ruiz was the No. 47 overall prospect and No. 1 center in the 2017 class and now hopes to prove his talents in Louisiana.
The 2020 NFL Draft will continue virtually Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. airing rounds two and three. Rounds 4-7 will air Saturday, April 25, at noon. All times are Eastern.