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Full 2020 NFL Draft Round-By-Round Order Set

The New York Giants will have 10 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

On Tuesday, the league awarded 32 compensatory choices to 15 teams, including the Giants. They gained one selection in the third round (99th overall) and two in the seventh round (247th and 255th).

That increased the team's total to 10, beginning with the fourth overall pick. They are set to end the three-day event with the final pick (No. 255), known affectionately as Mr. Irrelevant.

The 85th NFL Draft will take place on April 23-25, 2020 in Las Vegas. The first round will be held Thursday night, followed by Rounds 2-3 (Friday) and Rounds 4-7 (Saturday).

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NFL clubs propose 7 rule changes, including addition of "booth umpire"

Four clubs submitted a total of seven playing rule change proposals for the 2020 season. They will be voted upon by owners at the NFL Annual Meeting, which is set for March 29 through April 1.

Among the proposals is the addition of a "booth umpire" as the eighth member of an officiating crew. It would create an officiating advisor who is positioned somewhere other than the playing field, with full communication to on-field officials and access to a television monitor that displays all broadcast angles provided through the NFL's network independence system.

Below is a summary of the seven rule proposals and which teams submitted them:

1. By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7, to modify the blindside block rule to prevent unnecessary fouls.

  • Effect: Modifies the blindside block rule to prevent unnecessary fouls.
  • Reason: Simplifies Rule.

2. By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful Try attempt.

  • Effect: Makes permanent the 2019 additions to the list of plays subject to automatic review.
  • Reason: Competitive equity.

3. By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 1, to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring.

  • Effect: Permits a team to maintain possession of the ball after a score by substituting one offensive play (4th and 15 from the kicking team's 25-yard line) for an onside kickoff attempt.
  • Reason: Provides excitement and competition late in the game.

4. By Philadelphia; to amend Rule16, Section 1, to restore preseason and regular season overtime to fifteen minutes and to implement rules to minimize the impact of the overtime coin toss.

  • Effect: Minimizes the effect of the overtime coin toss and extends overtime to 15 minutes in the preseason and regular season.
  • Reason: Competitive equity. Fan engagement.

5. By Miami; to amend Rule 4, Section 3, Article 2, to provide the option to the defense for the game clock to start on the Referee's signal if the defense declines an offensive penalty that occurs late in either half.

  • Effect: Provides the option to the defense for the game clock to start on the Referee's signal if the defense declines an offensive penalty that occurs late in either half.
  • Reason: Competitive equity.

6. By Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers; to amend Rule 19, Section 2, to add a "booth umpire" as an eighth game official to the officiating crew.

  • Effect: Creates an officiating advisor who is positioned somewhere other than the playing field, with full communication to on-field officials and access to a television monitor that displays all broadcast angles provided through the NFL's network independence system.
  • Reason: Competitive equity. Pace of play. Player health and safety.

7. By Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers; to amend Rule 19, Section 2, to add a Senior Technology Advisor to the Referee to assist the officiating crew.

  • Effect: Creates an officiating advisor who is positioned somewhere other than the playing field, with full communication to on-field officials and access to a television monitor that displays all broadcast angles provided through the NFL's network independence system.
  • Reason: Competitive equity. Pace of play. Player health and safety.

To read the proposals in full detail, click here.

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NFL announces Hall of Fame Game

The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the National Football League's season in the city where the league was born. The Cowboys and Steelers are scheduled to face each other in the 2020 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. ET in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.

Twenty-two years after leaving the Giants and more than 18 years after his death, George Young was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Young, the Giants' highly-successful general manager from 1979-97 and a five-time NFL Executive of the Year, was announced as a member of the Hall's Class of 2020, a uniquely large 20-member group selected in conjunction with the league's centennial. He was one of three contributors chosen from a list of 10 finalists by a special panel comprised of members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives and several leading football historians.

Young took over a team that had not reached the playoffs in 15 consecutive years. The Giants were postseason participants in his third season and eight times in his 19 seasons as head of the franchise's football operations (three times – in 1982, 88 and 94 – they were eliminated on the final day of the season). They won three NFC East titles and Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Young was a charter inductee into the franchise's Ring of Honor in 2010.

The rest of the 2020 class includes Bill Cowher, Troy Polamalu, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Steve Sabol, and Paul Tagliabue.

The 10 Seniors for the special Centennial Class will be formally enshrined during the Centennial Celebration slated for September in Canton. Safeties Cliff Harris and Donnie Shell will be enshrined on Friday, Sept. 18 along with Centennial Class of 2020 enshrinees Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle.

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