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Giants Now (4/23): Viewers' guide to 2020 NFL Draft


Viewers' guide to 2020 NFL Draft

WHAT: 85th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHEN: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 23 (Round 1); 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 24 (Rounds 2-3); Noon ET, Saturday, April 25 (Rounds 4-7).

TIMING: Round 1: 10 minutes per selection; Round 2: Seven minutes per selection; Rounds 3-6: Five minutes per selection; Round 7: Four minutes per selection.

TV: The 2020 NFL Draft will be presented across ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network, The second straight year that The Walt Disney Company has worked with the NFL to offer a multi-network presentation for all seven rounds.

  • Thurs, April 23 (8-11:30 p.m. ET): NFL Draft, Rd 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Fri, April 24 (7-11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rds 2 and 3–ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Sat, April 25 (12-7 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rds 4–7 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

GIANTS' PICKS: The Giants own 10 picks, beginning with the fourth overall selection.

  • Round 1, Pick 4
  • Round 2, Pick 36
  • Round 3, Pick 99
  • Round 4, Pick 110
  • Round 5, Pick 150
  • Round 6, Pick 138
  • Round 7, Pick 218
  • Round 7, Pick 238
  • Round 7, Pick 247
  • Round 7, Pick 255

BIG BLUE DRAFT NIGHT LIVE: The New York Giants Digital Platforms will again be your No. 1 destination for coverage of the NFL Draft. The 2020 lineup features "Big Blue Draft Night Live presented by Van Heusen" which will be streamed live exclusively on the Giants YouTube Channel, and Giants App immediately following the Giants selections in the first three rounds.

The live stream will be one-stop shopping for live reaction and exclusive interviews with the team's draft picks. Hosted by Bob Papa with analysis from Super Bowl champions Carl Banks, Shaun O'Hara and David Diehl, "Big Blue Draft Night Live presented by Van Heusen" will include interviews with members of the front office and draft insiders.

DRAFT-A-THON: The NFL announced details for "Draft-A-Thon," a massive fundraising campaign part of the 2020 NFL Draft aimed at raising much-needed funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. The Draft-A-Thon will be live streamed on NFL social and digital platforms and featured in live Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes on April 23-25.

Donations can be made at starting today. There is also a text-to-donate option. In addition to raising funds, the Draft-A-Thon will pay tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19. To date, the NFL family has raised more than $50 million in COVID-19 relief.

Fans can follow the Draft-A-Thon on NFL digital properties across devices (phone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) and on Twitter, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo Sports. Hosted by the NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Deion Sanders, the Draft-A-Thon will feature a wide variety of athletes, celebrities, and personalities, including actor and comedian Kevin Hart, music artists Quavo and Kane Brown, gaming icon Ninja, NFL stars Tyrann Mathieu, Devin Mccourty, Torrey Smith, Rod Woodson and many others.

Funds raised during Draft-A-Thon will help support six national nonprofit organizations and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts. As part of this donation, all 32 NFL clubs have selected one or more of these organization's local branches to receive a portion of the funding. The remaining funds will be distributed across the country and internationally where the needs are greatest.

At fans can bid on autographed NFL items and exclusive packages to support COVID-19 relief as well. The NFL does not retain any profits from the sale of these items or experiences. Charitable contributions are donated to the NFL's nonprofit partners.​

58 prospects to participate virtually in NFL draft

Here is the full list of prospects who will virtually participate in the 2020 NFL Draft

  • Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State WR
  • Mekhi Becton, Louisville OT
  • Ross Blacklock, TCU DT
  • Derrick Brown, Auburn DL
  • Joe Burrow, LSU QB
  • K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU EDGE
  • Chase Claypool, Notre Dame WR
  • Ezra Cleveland, Boise State OT
  • Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU G
  • Grant Delpit, LSU S
  • Trevon Diggs, Alabama DB
  • J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State RB
  • Jacob Eason, Washington QB
  • A.J. Epenesa, Iowa DE
  • Jake Fromm, Georgia QB
  • Kristian Fulton, LSU CB
  • Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma DT
  • Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State EDGE
  • CJ Henderson, Florida CB
  • Justin Herbert, Oregon QB
  • Tee Higgins, Clemson WR
  • Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB
  • Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn CB
  • Austin Jackson, USC OT
  • Justin Jefferson, LSU WR
  • Jerry Jeudy, Alabama WR
  • Jaylon Johnson, Utah CB
  • Josh Jones, Houston OT
  • Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina DL
  • Cole Kmet, Notre Dame TE
  • CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma WR
  • Terrell Lewis, Alabama EDGE
  • Jordan Love, Utah State QB
  • Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M DT
  • Xavier McKinney, Alabama S
  • Denzel Mims, Baylor WR
  • Thaddeus Moss, LSU TE
  • Zack Moss, Utah RB
  • Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma LB
  • Jeff Okudah, Ohio State CB
  • Julian Okwara, Notre Dame EDGE
  • Patrick Queen, LSU LB
  • Jalen Reagor, TCU WR
  • Henry Ruggs III, Alabama WR
  • Cesar Ruiz, Michigan G
  • Laviska Shenault, Colorado WR
  • Isaiah Simmons, Clemson LB
  • D'Andre Swift, Georgia RB
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB
  • Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB
  • A.J. Terrell, Clemson CB
  • Andrew Thomas, Georgia OT
  • Josh Uche, Michigan LB
  • Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn OT
  • Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama OT
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota S
  • Tristan Wirfs, Iowa OT
  • Chase Young, Ohio State EDGE

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's best remaining prospects from his Top 150 ranking of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Leonard Williams signs franchise tag

In non-draft news, the Giants announced yesterday that defensive tackle Leonard Williams signed his non-exclusive franchise tag. Williams received the tag from the team on March 16.

By signing the tag, Williams is now under contract for the 2020 season at the salary assured by the tag, which is based on the average of the top five salaries from his position. He is no longer free to speak with other teams. The Giants and Williams can negotiate a long-term contract.

Had Williams signed a contract with another team instead of the tag, the Giants would have received two first round draft choices as compensation. Williams was the first Giants player to receive a tag since another defensive lineman, Jason Pierre-Paul, in 2015.

The Giants acquired Williams, a former first-round draft choice, on Oct. 29, 2019 from the Jets for two draft choices – a third-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, and a fifth-round choice in 2021.

View photos of defensive lineman Leonard Williams.