Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for coronavirus, the NFL franchise confirmed on Sunday.

The Eagles said Super Bowl-winning coach Pederson is asymptomatic and currently in self-quarantine after contracting COVID-19.

It comes after Eagles star and three-time Pro Bowler Lane Johnson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday following his coronavirus diagnosis.

"We received confirmation this evening that head coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19," the Eagles said in a statement.

"Pederson is asymptomatic and doing well. He is currently in self-quarantine and in communication with the team's medical staff.

"The organisation is following the protocols established by the NFL and the NFLPA.

"Any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility."

The Eagles will face the Washington Football Team in week one of the NFL season on September 13.

Philadelphia Eagles star Lane Johnson has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after contracting coronavirus.

Johnson – a three-time NFL Pro Bowler – announced on Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 amid the global pandemic.

In a social media post midweek, the Eagles right tackle wrote: "Over the past few months, I have tested negative after all travels including before and after the OL Masterminds Summit 18 days ago.

"I have been working hard in preparation for a long, gruelling season and have tried to take all necessary precautions to build a safe and healthy environment during the sessions. I have and will continue to take this seriously and encourage everyone else to do so as well.

"I will follow all protocols and I look forward to joining my team-mates and coaches on the field soon! #FlyEaglesFly."

Eagles linebacker Nathan Gerry and tackle Jordan Mailata have also been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced.

"The Reserve/COVID-19 list was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with an infected person or persons," the Eagles said in a statement.

"Per NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on a player's medical status other than referring to roster status."

The Eagles will face the Washington Football Team in week one of the NFL season on September 13.

The Philadelphia Eagles are set to play home games behind closed doors this season due to restrictions enforced because of the coronavirus pandemic.

City officials have informed the Eagles and the Phillies – Philadelphia's MLB franchise – that fans will not be permitted to attend games in 2020. 

Several NFL franchises, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, have already announced plans for reduced capacities that will see a limited number of supporters allowed to attend their games, provided they socially distance.

However, Eagles home games at Lincoln Financial Field in 2020 are likely to have no fans at all because experts believe it is impossible to completely rule out COVID-19 spreading among a crowd.

"The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds," Philadelphia's managing director Brian Abernathy told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"We have been in communication with the Eagles. We have told them our expectations are that they don't have fans."

The 2020 MLB season is finally set to begin next week, while the NFL campaign starts in September.

The United States has been the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with over 3.5million confirmed cases of the virus.

In terms of whether fans will be allowed into stadiums, the NFL is allowing each market to determine how many can attend.

Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal to play guard.

Peters has anchored the left side of Philadelphia's offensive line since 2009, but the 38-year-old was not re-signed following the 2019 season.

However, after right guard Brandon Brooks tore his left Achilles tendon last month, the Eagles have opted to bring back someone with familiarity to their system, agreeing to a deal with Peters worth up to $6 million, with $3 million in guarantees, according to the NFL Network.

An undrafted tight end out of Arkansas, Peters began his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2004 before being traded to the Eagles a week before the 2009 NFL Draft.

The nine-time Pro Bowler has appeared in 205 regular-season games and is considered one of the best tackles of the last decade, but has struggled with injuries the past few seasons.

He missed the Eagles' Super Bowl run in the 2017 season after tearing his ACL and MCL, suffered a torn biceps and a quad strain in 2018, and tore meniscus in his knee last year.

Julian Edelman has offered to take fellow NFL receiver DeSean Jackson to the Holocaust Museum following the Philadelphia Eagles wideout's anti-Semitic post.

Jackson apologised for a series of offensive posts made from his Instagram account over the weekend - including one with a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler - with the Eagles calling their player's messages "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling".

Three-time Pro Bowler Jackson said he had "unintentionally hurt the Jewish community" and vowed to "educate myself".

New England Patriots wide receiver Edelman, who is Jewish, has now addressed Jackson's comments and offered him a deal to learn more about his community.

"I know he said some ugly things but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation," Edelman said in a video posted on his social media channels.

"I'm proud of my Jewish heritage and for me it's not just about religion, it's about community and culture as well. I'm unusual because I didn't identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me.

"It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred, it's rooted in ignorance and fear."

Edelman, a three-time Super Bowl champion, went on to say he was subjected to anti-Semitic abuse in 2011 - two years after he entered the NFL.

"There's no room for anti-Semitism in this world," he added.

"Even though we're talking about anti-Semitism, I don't want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is and how we need to stay behind it.

"I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities. One, an unfortunate similarity, is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful.

"It's really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you're not part of it so what we need to do is we need to listen, learn and act. We need to have those uncomfortable conversations if we're going to have real change.

"So, to that end, DeSean, let's do a deal. How about we go to [Washington] DC and I take you to the Holocaust Museum? And then you take me to the Museum of African American History and Culture? Afterwards, we grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations."

The Philadelphia Eagles have condemned an anti-Semitic Instagram post made by wide receiver DeSean Jackson, calling it "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling." 

Jackson posted a photo of a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler on the social media platform on Monday.

The veteran receiver also posted quotations from Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who has made anti-Semitic comments in the past.

The NFL released its own statement, calling the posts "highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive."

After receiving some backlash over the posts, Jackson re-posted the photo with a new caption.  

"Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way," Jackson wrote. "I have no hatred in my heart towards no one!! Equality equality."

Jackson made the posts to his Instagram story, which keeps the photo active for 24 hours. It has since expired. 

"We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts," the Eagles said in a statement on Tuesday. "Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling.  

"They have no place in our society and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organisation."

Neither the NFL nor the team has issued any kind of punishment to Jackson for the posts, but the Eagles said that they are still evaluating the situation and "will take appropriate action."

"We are disappointed, and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologising but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality and respect." 

Just after the team released their statement, Jackson posted an apology video to his Instagram account.  

"I never want to put any race down or put any people down. My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community," Jackson said. "What I posted – I definitely didn't mean it to the extent that you guys took it, and I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm very apologetic. 

"I probably should have never posted anything that Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person; I know that. I was just trying to uplift African Americans."

Joe Banner, the Eagles' team president from 1995-2012, has made numerous posts on Twitter condemning Jackson's message and debating with those who are defending Jackson.  

In one tweet, Banner called Jackson's post "absolutely indefensible" and said it would be "totally appropriate" for the team to consider cutting Jackson.  

"Either hate is wrong no matter who it's directed at or it isn't," Banner said in another tweet. "Quoting Farrakhan and Hitler is not a good start. 

"Hate needs to be wrong no matter who it is directed at, especially when based on lies."

Jackson played his first six NFL seasons with the Eagles before stints with the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He re-joined the Eagles last season but was limited to just three games due to a core muscle injury that required surgery.

Philadelphia Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks is expected to miss the upcoming 2020 NFL season after tearing his left Achilles tendon.

Brooks revealed the news via Twitter on Monday after reportedly hurting his Achilles while working out at Philadelphia's training complex.

A Pro Bowl selection in each of the past three seasons, Brooks has been rehabbing from a dislocated shoulder he sustained against the New York Giants in week 17 of last season, forcing him to miss the Eagles' wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January.

"So I guess now that the news is out yes I tore my other Achilles but when life makes you lemons you make lemonade," the 30-year-old wrote.

"I'll be back and better than ever. Appreciate the love." 

The seven-year veteran previously tore his right Achilles tendon during the Eagles' loss to the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 playoffs.

Brooks, though, returned in time for the 2019 campaign and started all 16 regular-season games before missing Philadelphia's opening-round playoff loss to the Seahawks due to his shoulder injury.

Including the postseason, Brooks has still started 67 of a possible 70 games since signing a five-year contract with the Eagles prior to the 2016 campaign. 

Philadelphia may now have to replace two key starters on the offensive line from last season's team, as long-time left tackle Jason Peters remains an unsigned free agent. 

The Eagles did select Andre Dillard in the first round of the 2019 draft as an intended replacement for the 38-year-old Peters and took a pair of Auburn offensive linemen – Jack Driscoll (fourth round) and Prince Tega Wanogho (sixth round) in this year's draft.  

One of the more surprising selections of this year's NFL Draft was when the Philadelphia Eagles took Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd pick while already having franchise QB Carson Wentz locked up through 2024. 

The selection, however, did not catch Wentz off guard.  

Wentz said the Eagles called him before the draft to let him know they might pick a quarterback, and he was under the impression the organisation was not out to replace him. 

"It didn't really concern me," Wentz said on a conference call on Monday. "My reaction was, kind of understood. I had a feeling there was a chance we'd want to draft somebody given the way our roster is laid out and wanting to get younger.

"There was no concern for me. I think the team showed their investment in me last year and I've nothing but confidence and faith in them and they have nothing but confidence and faith in me. So I think it's all about strengthening that position and this group that we have.” 

Wentz, who signed a $128million extension less than a year ago, passed for a career-best 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions while playing all 16 regular-season games in 2019 before suffering a concussion in Philadelphia's Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks. This came after both his 2017 and 2018 seasons were famously derailed by injuries. 

Despite his injury history, Wentz did not view the addition of Hurts as someone who will take his job. 

"With Jalen, I'm excited to add him to the team," Wentz said. "I know how important the quarterback position is, and how important the dynamic is for me and the other guys in that room.

"I've been blessed over the years to have some incredible not just quarterbacks, but incredible humans and friends in that quarterback room. We really endure a lot together and go through [a lot] together. So I'm excited. 

"I've heard nothing but good things about Jalen and the kid he is and the player he is."

Hurts also provides a different skill set at the position than Wentz as a dual-threat QB. 

After leading Alabama to back-to-back National Championship games as a freshman and sophomore before being benched for Tua Tagovailoa, Hurts then guided Oklahoma to a Big 12 title this past season as a senior while garnering third-team AP All-American honors.

He finished his four-year collegiate career with 9,477 passing yards with 80 touchdowns and another 3,274 rushing yards and 43 TD runs. 

Hurts' athletic ability potentially opens up Philadelphia's playbook and gives the team an opportunity to possibly line Hurts up on the outside or in the backfield along with Wentz. 

"We'll see how that all plays out," added Wentz. "We haven't gotten too deep into the playbook and how things are going to look. But for me, whatever's going to help us win.

"I came to Philly ever since being drafted and all I wanted to do was win and stand up there and hold up that Lombardi Trophy. Whatever that takes and whatever that's going to look like, I'm on board."

The San Francisco 49ers were the most prominent team on the third and final day of the 2020 NFL Draft but not for their draft choices.  

The 49ers executed three trades on Saturday, highlighted by the acquisition of disgruntled left tackle and seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, giving up a fifth-round pick this season and a third-round selection in 2021.

Williams will take the place of Joe Staley, who announced his retirement after a 13-year career in San Francisco that included six Pro Bowls.  

The 49ers also traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick and sent wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles while swapping picks in the sixth round.   

The Eagles entered the draft on a mission to improve a receiving corps that was historically impotent last season. In addition to trading for Goodwin, Philadelphia spent first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks on wide receivers, including Boise State's John Hightower and Southern Mississippi's Quez Watkins on Saturday.   

Quarterback selections played a prominent role again as the Indianapolis Colts used their fourth-round pick – 122nd overall – on Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.

The 6-foot-6 signal-caller began his career at Georgia but transferred to his home state of Washington and may be Indianapolis' quarterback of the future.   

The player who replaced Eason at Georgia, Jake Fromm, had to wait until the 22nd pick of the fifth round to hear his name called by the Buffalo Bills.    

The New York Jets selected a quarterback in the fourth round, grabbing Florida International's James Morgan, and Oregon State's Jake Luton, another 6-foot-6 quarterback, fell to the sixth round and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Four more quarterbacks were taken in the seventh round, but one team that did not select a QB all weekend was the New England Patriots.   

Despite the departure of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Patriots passed on adding a rookie at the position, leaving journeyman Brian Hoyer and second-year Auburn product Jarrett Stidham as the only quarterbacks on the New England roster.   

The Patriots, however, did draft a replacement for a franchise legend in the fifth round by selecting Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who will take the place of franchise scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski.   

The Carolina Panthers and new head coach Matt Rhule used all seven of their picks on defensive players, tying the 1985 Cleveland Browns for most picks on one side of the ball. The Browns used all seven picks on offense.  

National champion LSU had the most players selected with 14, tied with Ohio State in 2004 for the most by any single school in a seven-round draft. 

The Philadelphia Eagles boosted their receiver stocks by acquiring veteran Marquise Goodwin from the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco had confirmed wide receiver Goodwin was on the trading block prior to the NFL Draft, while Philadelphia's needs at receiver were well documented.

So, the Eagles and last season's Super Bowl runners-up the 49ers struck a deal on Saturday.

The Eagles – who selected wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft – sent the 190th pick to the 49ers in exchange for speedster Goodwin and the 120th selection.

Goodwin had 12 receptions for 186 yards in nine games last season before landing on Injured Reserve and missing San Francisco's run to the NFL Super Bowl. 

A third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, Goodwin signed as a free agent with the 49ers in March 2017 after spending his first four years in Buffalo.

The 2017 season ended up being the best of Goodwin's seven-year career, as the 29-year-old finished with personal bests of 56 receptions and 962 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles and NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys were involved in a rare trade on the third and final day of the NFL Draft.

For the first time since 2010, Philadelphia and Dallas made a draft-day trade after the Cowboys gave up a 2021 fifth-round pick and this year's 164th selection for the Eagles' 146th spot.

It allowed the Cowboys – who narrowly lost out to the Eagles for a spot in the playoffs last season – to draft Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz.

Eyebrows might have been raised when the Green Bay Packers selected Jordan Love, but jaws dropped to the ground after the Philadelphia Eagles then drafted Jalen Hurts.

Why would a team with a franchise quarterback about to hit his peak years spend the 53rd overall pick on another signal caller?

Carson Wentz is the Philadelphia Eagles' undisputed starter so Hurts, who had an impressive college career with Alabama and then Oklahoma, will only be a backup.

So was there a typo when general manager Howie Roseman text in his second-round selection? Had someone hacked the Eagles' virtual draft?

No, in many ways the Hurts pick makes sense for Philly. Here, we take a look at why.

 

The Taysom Hill effect

The NFL is a copycat league, and you better believe Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has taken notice of what Sean Payton has done with Taysom Hill in New Orleans.

"[Hurts] has a unique skill set. You see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans and how he and Drew Brees have a connection and a bond there."

Hill only played in 22.65 per cent of New Orleans' offensive snaps last season but you only needed to watch the Saints' Wildcard Round loss to the Minnesota Vikings to see his value.

The 'quarterback' had 50 yards passing, 50 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving, with a touchdown, and it was Hill, not Brees, Michael Thomas or Alvin Kamara, who was the Saints' most impactful offensive weapon that day.

Now consider that two years ago Philadelphia's new passing game coordinator, Press Taylor, mused on the possibility of "having multiple people on the field who can throw the ball" in the future.

Hurts is not only an efficient passer - 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2019 - he's also exceptional with his legs - 1,298 yards for 20 touchdowns last season.

Look at Brees and Hill, look at how the Baltimore Ravens' read-option offense was unstoppable with Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram in 2019, and then think about what Pederson and Taylor could do with a multi-faceted offense led by Wentz and Hurts...

Backups (can) win Super Bowls

No one knows the value of an excellent backup quarterback more than the Philadelphia Eagles.

Two years ago the hangovers had just about cleared from their Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots, delivered by a deputy, Nick Foles throwing three touchdowns and famously catching another.

How many Super Bowl runs have been ended by injuries to starting quarterbacks? Just last season Philly's campaign was ended because 40-year-old Josh McCown was unable to lead them past the Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard Round after Wentz down.

That injury-ravaged Eagles team only lost by a score. Would they have won had Hurts come in? There's every chance. And Wentz has missed eight regular-season games over the past three seasons.

"The most important player on any team is the quarterback. The second-most important player? The backup quarterback."

Eagles fans might not like the man who produced this quote - former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs - but they know it rings true. 

Gibbs, of course, won three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks.

The quarterback factory

Roseman knew it was coming, so he attempted to head it off.

Prior to answering reporters' questions about the Hurts pick, he did his best to explain his rationale.

"For better or worse, we are quarterback developers. We want to be a quarterback factory."

A strange thing to aspire to be, sure, but Roseman is right in pointing out the Eagles have a recent history of developing quarterbacks and then moving them on.

A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb and Foles were all drafted by the Eagles and later traded. Donovan McNabb and Sam Bradford were two veterans who brought in premium picks, and the selection Philadelphia got for the latter was spent on Derek Barnett, who recovered the fumble that sealed their Super Bowl win.

If Hurts pans out as Philadelphia hope, the likelihood is that, at the very least, he will be a prized trade asset down the line. And quarterbacks, particularly ones with a history of winning like Hurts, are the most prized assets of all.

The Philadelphia Eagles stressed Carson Wentz's position is not under threat following the selection of Jalen Hurts, who was compared to Taysom Hill by head coach Doug Pederson.

Hurts was the only quarterback selected on the second day of the NFL Draft and his destination raised eyebrows as the Eagles picked the Oklahoma quarterback 53rd overall.

Philadelphia only gave starter Wentz a new four-year contract in 2019 and last year - his fourth in the NFL - he became the first Eagles quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season as he led Pederson's side to the playoffs.

Dual-threat quarterback Hurts, who began his college career at Alabama, had a fine senior season with Oklahoma and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Joe Burrow, the man who went first overall in the 2020 draft.

However, rather than seeing Hurts as someone to dislodge Wentz, Pederson thinks the two can work together in the same offense, in the manner Drew Brees and Hill do for the New Orleans Saints.

"He has a unique skill set," Pederson told reporters of Hurts.

"You see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans and how he and Drew Brees have a connection there and a bond there.

"And you look at [Joe] Flacco and Lamar [Jackson] in Baltimore for the short period of time, how they gelled together. It's just something we're going to explore."

The Eagles kept faith with Wentz in 2018 when he returned from a knee injury despite seeing Nick Foles lead them to victory at Super Bowl LII.

Foles left to sign for the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to last season and Wentz was the undisputed starter for 2019, and general manager Howie Roseman insisted the arrival of Hurts has not changed that.

"Nobody is going to be looking at a rookie quarterback as somebody who's going to be taking over [for] a Pro Bowl quarterback, a guy who's been on the cusp of winning an MVP," he said.

"We've shown how we feel about Carson by our actions, we showed it by the amount of picks we put into him and we showed it by the contract extension and we believe this is a guy to lead us to our next Super Bowl Championship.

"But, for better or worse, we are quarterback developers. We want to be a quarterback factory and we have the right people in place to do that and no team in the National Football League has benefited more from developing quarterbacks than the Philadelphia Eagles. This is who we are."

While teams select players in the first round of the NFL Draft hoping they will be game-changers, rosters are built on day two.

The Cincinnati Bengals opened the 2020 draft on Thursday by picking who they hope will be their franchise quarterback for the next decade. They opened round two on Friday by getting Joe Burrow a weapon, drafting Tee Higgins with the 33rd pick.

Twenty picks later came the biggest story of the second round with the Philadelphia Eagles grabbing Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at number 53.

Hurts led Alabama to back-to-back national championship games as a freshman and sophomore before famously being benched for Tua Tagovailoa, and then led the Sooners to a Big 12 title this past season as a senior while garnering third-team AP All-American honors. He is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback that now joins an Eagles offense that is already led by an established QB in Carson Wentz.

Hurts ended up being the only quarterback selected on day two after both Jacob Eason from Washington and Jake Fromm from Georgia were passed over.

Higgins' selection continued the trend from the first round of wide receivers being gobbled up. After six receivers were drafted in the first round, seven went in the second. The 13 receivers selected in the first two rounds are the most taken through two rounds in draft history, breaking the record of 12 from 2014.

Higgins had 25 touchdown catches over the past two seasons with Clemson, the most by an ACC player in a two-year span since North Carolina State's Torry Holt had 27 from 1997-98.

One pick after Higgins was drafted, the Indianapolis Colts picked USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who tied for the FBS lead last season with four games of 10 or more receptions.

A run on running backs was expected for day two after only one went in the first round, and it did not take long for the first one to be selected, with the Detroit Lions taking Georgia's D'Andre Swift at number 35.

After playing behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as a freshman in 2017, Swift amassed 2,267 rushing yards in his final two years with the Bulldogs. He averaged 6.55 yards per carry in his collegiate career, second best in SEC history behind Bo Jackson's 6.62 (minimum 400 carries).

Six picks later, the Colts continued to build their offense, selecting three-time All-American running back Jonathon Taylor out of Wisconsin. In just three seasons, Taylor rushed for 6,174 yards and his average of 150.6 rushing yards per game are the third most by a major conference player all time, behind O.J. Simpson (164.4) and Herschel Walker (159.4).

Three more backs were selected before the end of the second round with the Los Angeles Rams taking Florida State's Cam Akers at number 52, the Baltimore Ravens drafting J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State at 55 and the Green Bay Packers selecting Boston College's AJ Dillon at 62.

Not technically listed as a running back, though he carried the ball plenty of times at Kentucky, All-American Lynn Bowden was one of the more interesting picks of day two when he was selected with the 80th overall pick by the Las Vegas Raiders. 

The do-it-all playmaker started at receiver and quarterback as a junior in 2019, running the wildcat offense at QB, finishing the season with 1,468 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs as well as 348 receiving yards. It will be intriguing to see how he will be used in Jon Gruden's offense. 

While the 2020 draft kicked off with Burrow being selected out of LSU, linebacker Jacob Phillips became the 10th player chosen from LSU when he was picked by the Cleveland Browns at number 97. The 10 players out of LSU are the most from one school through three rounds in the history of the draft.

The third round concluded with the Baltimore Ravens selecting guard Tyre Phillips out of Mississippi State. He became the 15th player out of the SEC selected in the third round after 10 SEC players were drafted in the second, a day after a record 15 first-round picks came from the SEC.

The Philadelphia Eagles took Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, one of the most stunning selections of Friday's second round.

The Eagles already have a franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz, but Hurts provides a different skill set as a dual-threat QB and arrives in Philadelphia after an illustrious and unique collegiate career.

Beginning at Alabama, Hurts led the Crimson Tide to the national championship game as both a freshman and a sophomore. In the championship game of the 2017 season against Georgia, however, he was famously benched at half-time and replaced by Tua Tagovailoa, who led Alabama to a comeback win.

After backing up Tagovailoa as a junior in 2018, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, where he earned third-team AP All-American honours and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2019. He passed for 3,851 yards with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions and ran for 1,298 yards and scored 20 TDs on the ground to lead the Sooners to the Big 12 title.

He finished his four-year collegiate career with 9,477 passing yards with 80 touchdowns and another 3,274 rushing yards and 43 TD runs.

Hurts completed 69.7 per cent of his passes this past season to rank seventh in the FBS among those with at least 200 attempts, though did struggle with his accuracy on deep balls. Passing on the run or rolling out and tucking the ball to pick up yards on the ground are where he is the most dangerous.

A winner in college, Hurts brings a lot of intangibles to coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles and gives their offense some fascinating possibilities.

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft returned some normalcy to the sports world, even if commissioner Roger Goodell's basement does not quite exude the same glitz as the Las Vegas Strip. 

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the draft to be held remotely with NFL general managers, coaches and scouts isolated in their homes instead of inside team complexes, the virtual draft ran smoothly – and without much drama early on Thursday.

In what has been widely expected for weeks, and possibly months, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.

Burrow led LSU to the national title last season, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards and an FBS-single season record 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions. 

The second pick also went exactly like how many draft experts had predicted for weeks, with the Washington Redskins drafting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. 

Young led the FBS with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2019, and was regarded to be the most talented player in the draft class – even ahead of Burrow. 

If not for Burrow's incredible 2019 season and because of Tua Tagovailoa's injury concerns, the latter may have challenged for the top spot in the 2020 draft. 

Tagovailoa became the second quarterback off the board when he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the fifth pick.

One pick after Tagovailoa, the Los Angeles Chargers took Oregon QB Justin Herbert – just the third time since the 1970 merger three quarterbacks were chosen in the top six picks. 

Three teams that had selected quarterbacks in the first round of the last two drafts, used the 2020 draft to beef up their offensive lines to protect their young, franchise QBs. 

The New York Giants (Daniel Jones at six in 2019) picked Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas at fourth overall, the Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield at one in 2018) selected Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick, and the New York Jets (Sam Darnold third in 2018) used the next pick to select Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton. 

After this run on tackles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took part in the first trade of the draft to insure their new – and aging – quarterback would also stay upright. They moved up one spot in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to select Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs at 13 to shore up the offensive line in front of Tom Brady. 

The next trade came 10 picks later as Brady's old team, New England Patriots, dealt pick 23 to the Chargers – who selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The Patriots received a second and third-round pick from the Chargers and now have five of the first 100 picks of the 2020 draft and 13 overall. 

While it is possible New England could use one of those picks to draft Brady's replacement, the Green Bay Packers have chosen the heir apparent to 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers, trading up from 30th to 26th to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. 

The opening round concluded with the defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs selecting the first running back to bookend the first round with LSU picks, taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire – the 14th player drafted out of the SEC. 

Wide receiver is considered to be the deepest position in the draft, and six went in the first round – but none until 12, when Alabama's Henry Ruggs III became the first player ever selected by the Raiders in their new home of Las Vegas. 

While Las Vegas was not able to host the draft festivities this year, Goodell announced that the city has been awarded the 2022 draft, with the commissioner saying, "We think you deserve another shot".

 

First round selections:

1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Chase Young (Washington Redskins)
3. Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions)
4. Andrew Thomas (New York Giants)
5. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)
6. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
7. Derrick Brown (Carolina Panthers)
8. Isaiah Simmons (Arizona Cardinals)
9. CJ Henderson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
10. Jedrick Wills Jr. (Cleveland Browns)
11. Mekhi Becton (New York Jets)
12. Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas Raiders)
13. Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
14. Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco 49ers)
15. Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos)
16. A.J. Terrell (Atlanta Falcons)
17. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)
18. Austin Jackson (Miami Dolphins)
19. Damon Arnette (Las Vegas Raiders)
20. K'Lavon Chaisson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
21. Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles)
22. Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
23. Kenneth Murray (Los Angeles Chargers)
24. Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints)
25. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)
26. Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers)
27. Jordyn Brooks (Seattle Seahawks)
28. Patrick Queen (Baltimore Ravens)
29. Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee Titans)
30. Noah Igbinoghene (Miami Dolphins)
31. Jeff Gladney (Minnesota Vikings)
32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs)

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