Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

A total of 57 prospects are confirmed to participate virtually in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The SEC leads all conferences with 24 prospects confirmed to participate in the event. LSU and Alabama lead all colleges with seven participants each.

The draft begins with Round 1 on Thursday, April 23, and continues with Rounds 2-3 on Friday, April 24. The draft concludes on Saturday, April 25, with Rounds 4-7.

The 2020 NFL Draft will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefitting six charities selected by the NFL Foundation that are battling the spread of COVID-19 and delivering relief to millions in need.

The “Draft-A-Thon” will be featured across the live Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network and will pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways, including raising funds for the work being done to combat the impact of COVID-19.

The players confirmed to participate in this year’s NFL Draft will be featured on the NFL Draft television broadcast as well as across the NFL Media landscape:

2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Player Postion College Player Position College
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) Zach Moss RB Utah
9) Lloyd Cushenberry G LSU 38) Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma
10) Grant Delpit DB LSU 39) Jeff Okudah DB Ohio State
11) Trevon Diggs DB Alabama 40) Julian Okwara DE Notre Dame
12) J.K. Dobbins RB Ohio State 41) Patrick Queen LB LSU
13) Jacob Eason QB Washington 42) Jalen Reagor WR TCU
14) A.J. Epenesa DE Iowa 43) Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
15) Jake Fromm QB Georgia 44) Cesar Ruiz G Michigan
16) Kristian Fulton DB LSU 45) Laviska Shenault WR Colorado
17) Neville Gallimore DT Oklahoma 46) Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson
18) Yetur Gross-Matos DE Penn State 47) D'Andre Swift RB Georgia
19) C.J. Henderson DB Florida 48) Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
20) Justin Herbert QB Oregon 49) Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
21) Tee Higgins WR Clemson 50) AJ Terrell DB Clemson
22) Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma 51) Andrew Thomas T Georgia
23) Noah Igbinoghene DB Auburn 52) Josh Uche LB Michigan
24) Austin Jackson T USC 53) Prince Tega Wanogho T Auburn
25) Justin Jefferson WR LSU 54) Jedrick Wills T Alabama
26) Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama 55) Antoine Winfield Jr. DB Minnesota
27) Jaylon Johnson DB Utah 56) Tristan Wirfs T Iowa
28) Josh Jones T Houston 57) Chase Young DE Ohio State
29) Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina



85th Annual NFL Player Selection Meeting.

8 PM ET, Thursday, April 23 (Round 1).

7 PM ET, Friday, April 24 (Rounds 2-3).

Noon ET, Saturday, April 25 (Rounds 4-7).

  • The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET. In 2019, the first round took 3:39.
  • The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 11 PM ET. The second and third rounds took a combined 4:12.
  • The draft concludes with the final four rounds around approximately 6 PM ET on Saturday. In 2019, Rounds 4–7 took 6:23.

Round 1 on Thursday, April 23

Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 24

Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 25.

There will be 255 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 15 teams that saw a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.

Thirty two compensatory choices will supplement the 223 regular choices over seven rounds:
Round 3: Houston, 33; New England, 34; New York Giants, 35; New England, 36; Seattle, 37; Pittsburgh, 38; Philadelphia, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; Minnesota, 41; Baltimore, 42.
Round 4: Tampa Bay, 33; Chicago, 34; Miami, 35; Washington, 36; Baltimore, 37; Seattle, 38; Philadelphia, 39; Philadelphia, 40.
Round 5: Denver, 33; Dallas, 34.
Round 6: New England, 33; New England, 34; Seattle, 35.
Round 7: New York Giants, 33; Houston, 34; Minnesota, 35; Houston, 36; Miami, 37; Denver, 38; Minnesota, 39; Denver, 40; New York Giants, 41.      

Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks: Five minutes per selection. Rounds 7, including compensatory picks: Four minutes per selection.

The “Draft-A-Thon” will be featured across the live Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network, and pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways — including raising funds to combat the impact of COVID-19. Funds will support six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts including:

2020 First-Round Draft Order




Cincinnati Bengals


Washington Redskins


Detroit Lions


New York Giants


Miami Dolphins


Los Angeles Chargers


Carolina Panthers


Arizona Cardinals


Jacksonville Jaguars


Cleveland Browns


New York Jets


Las Vegas Raiders


San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Denver Broncos


Atlanta Falcons


Dallas Cowboys


Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh)


Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago)


Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)




Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo)


New England Patriots


New Orleans Saints


Minnesota Vikings


Miami Dolphins (from Houston)


Seattle Seahawks


Baltimore Ravens


Tennessee Titans


Green Bay Packers


San Francisco 49ers


Kansas City Chiefs