The Las Vegas strip may be empty, but the 2020 NFL Draft goes on.
On a day where college stars’ lives are changed, NFL teams get their prized draft pick, and the annual boo-ing of Roger Goodell commenced, picks were made from the basement of the commissioner’s home instead of the fan-packed Caesar’s Forum.
To open the draft, the Cincinnati Bengals took Joe Burrow from LSU. Burrow becomes the third Heisman Trophy winning quarterback in a row to be taken first overall.
Soon after, the Miami Dolphins took Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick. The Hawai’i native follows other St. Louis graduate, Marcus Mariota, in being a top-five pick as well as the second quarterback overall taken in their draft.
Fellow Mountain West alumni, Jordan Love, was taken with the 26 pick from the Green Bay Packers. The former Aggie joins the group of four quarterbacks taken in the first round this year, one less than the 2018 draft. So far, Love is the lone representative of the Mountain West at the end of day one.
Overall, the reigning national champions LSU led the way with five draft picks in the first round, with the SEC having 15 of the 32 first round picks.
After Day One, new questions begin to bubble around the rumor mills. Who will be the second running back taken? Will New England pick Tom Brady’s replacement? Will Andy Reid keep wearing his aloha shirts?
For us on the islands, our questions lie in how high will teams go for quarterback Cole McDonald? Who else will land in NFL teams’ radars? After McDonald, some of UH's NFL hopefuls include last season's starting receiver duo of JoJo Ward and Cedric Byrd, and defensive leaders Rojesterman Farris II, Solomon Matautia, and Kaimana Padello.
Day two of the NFL draft starts tomorrow at 1 p.m. HST.