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Joe Burrow, Chase Young among 58 prospects to participate virtually in NFL Draft

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 10:41:02-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young are among 58 prospects who will participate virtually in the NFL draft next week that will double as a telethon to raise money to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Burrow is one of eight LSU players who will take part in the April 23-25 draft, one more than Alabama.

Normally, top prospects would be invited to the draft itself, but this year’s festivities in Las Vegas were scuttled by the coronavirus outbreak and the draft will instead be conducted in a studio with the league’s 32 teams participating remotely from their hometowns.

The NFL also said that throughout the three-day draft it will host a “Draft-A-Thon” to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and pay tribute to healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the pandemic.

The virus has killed more than 12,000 people in the U.S. and fundamentally transformed American life while plunging the global economy into what is expected to be a major recession. More than one in 10 U.S. workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the pandemic.

Worldwide, more than 1.5 million people have been confirmed infected and about 90,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The SEC leads all conferences with 24 prospects confirmed to participate in the event, which will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefiting six charities that are battling the virus and delivering relief to millions in need.

Those charities are: the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross; CDC Foundation’s All of Us; and the COVID-19 response funds of Feeding America, Meals on Wheels America and United Way.

Despite the logistical challenges of operating a 255-pick draft remotely, teams will still have just 10 minutes between picks in the first round, seven for rounds 2 and 3 and five for rounds 4-7.

The Cincinnati Bengals own the first overall pick.

Here are the 58 prospects who will participate:

1)
Brandon Aiyuk
WR
Arizona State

30)
Cole Kmet
TE
Notre Dame
2)
Mekhi Becton
T
Louisville

31)
CeeDee Lamb
WR
Oklahoma
3)
Ross Blacklock
DT
TCU

32)
Terrell Lewis
LB
Alabama
4)
Derrick Brown
DT
Auburn

33)
Jordan Love
QB
Utah State
5)
Joe Burrow
QB
LSU

34)
Justin Madubuike
DT
Texas A&M
6)
K'Lavon Chaisson
LB
LSU

35)
Xavier McKinney
DB
Alabama
7)
Chase Claypool
WR
Notre Dame

36)
Denzel Mims
WR
Baylor
8)
Ezra Cleveland
T
Boise State

37)
Thaddeus Moss
TE
LSU
9)
Lloyd Cushenberry
G
LSU

38)
Zach Moss
RB
Utah
10)
Grant Delpit
DB
LSU

39)
Kenneth Murray
LB
Oklahoma
11)
Trevon Diggs
DB
Alabama

40)
Jeff Okudah
DB
Ohio State
12)
J.K. Dobbins
RB
Ohio State

41)
Julian Okwara
DE
Notre Dame
13)
Jacob Eason
QB
Washington

42)
Patrick Queen
LB
LSU
14)
A.J. Epenesa
DE
Iowa

43)
Jalen Reagor
WR
TCU
15)
Jake Fromm
QB
Georgia

44)
Henry Ruggs III
WR
Alabama
16)
Kristian Fulton
DB
LSU

45)
Cesar Ruiz
G
Michigan
17)
Neville Gallimore
DT
Oklahoma

46)
Laviska Shenault
WR
Colorado
18)
Yetur Gross-Matos
DE
Penn State

47)
Isaiah Simmons
LB
Clemson
19)
C.J. Henderson
DB
Florida

48)
D'Andre Swift
RB
Georgia
20)
Justin Herbert
QB
Oregon

49)
Tua Tagovailoa
QB
Alabama
21)
Tee Higgins
WR
Clemson

50)
Jonathan Taylor
RB
Wisconsin
22)
Jalen Hurts
QB
Oklahoma

51)
AJ Terrell
DB
Clemson
23)
Noah Igbinoghene
DB
Auburn

52)
Andrew Thomas
T
Georgia
24)
Austin Jackson
T
USC

53)
Josh Uche
LB
Michigan
25)
Justin Jefferson
WR
LSU

54)
Prince Tega Wanogho
T
Auburn
26)
Jerry Jeudy
WR
Alabama

55)
Jedrick Wills
T
Alabama
27)
Jaylon Johnson
DB
Utah

56)
Antoine Winfield Jr.
DB
Minnesota
28)
Josh Jones
T
Houston

57)
Tristan Wirfs
T
Iowa
29)
Javon Kinlaw
DT
South Carolina

58)
Chase Young
DE
Ohio State

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