The 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight in basements across America, as the first ever virtual draft unfolds over the internet. The Jets have the #11 selection in this year’s draft. Unless the Jets trade down or up, the Jets first pick should be in no later than about 9:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
The draft kicks off at 8:00 p.m. EDT, when the Cincinnati Bengals will have ten minutes to pretend they aren’t sure they’ll be picking LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. After the Bengals end the gut wrenching suspense by picking LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, teams will have ten minutes each to make their selections. For the Jets picking 11th, that means the pick should be in no later than 9:50 p.m. EDT, barring unforeseen glitches in the all new virtual draft system.
For those not particularly relishing the prospect of staying up late into the night to find out which player the Jets will add to their roster in the first round, the Jets’ difficult season in 2019 has a small silver lining - a potential early night in the first round.
Of course, the Jets might trade down. They might trade up from pick #48 to secure a second first round pick. Who knows, they might even trade Jamal Adams. Bottom line, even if the Jets make their pick at #11, it could still be a late night. Regardless of what happens, the waiting finally ends and we all get to open our draft day presents from Joe Douglas beginning tonight.