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2020 PLL College Draft order: Recapping all the trades and where each team is picking

Update: The PLL announced on April 10 that the 2020 College Draft has been pushed back from April 21 to mid-May. The draft will be held virtually on NBC Sports and the number of rounds will be flexed based on the number of seniors who are in the draft.

Update 2: With uncertainty surrounding the 2020 draft class, the PLL announced it will reduce the 2020 PLL College Draft to two rounds and that all traded picks will revert to the 2021 PLL College Draft.

The 2020 PLL College Draft is less than two weeks away, and given the current state of the world, it is sure to be an interesting one.

Due to the growing global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many college athletic programs began cancelling spring seasons with the NCAA finally putting an end to all spring athletics in mid-March. To make up for the lost seasons of so many college athletes, the NCAA voted to allow schools to provide 2020 spring sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their eligibility.

This decision, while the right one, had major ramifications for the upcoming pro lacrosse drafts, particularly the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) College Draft. At the time of publication, the PLL College Draft is still set to commence on April 21. Yet at this time, only Penn State’s Grant Ament and University of Virginia’s Michael Kraus have publicly announced their intention to forego their extra year.

On the flip side, Mac O’Keefe announced he will return to Penn State next season, while the status of many other potential top draft picks such as Princeton’s Michael Sowers, Cornell’s Jeff Teat and Yale’s TD Ierlan are still being determined.

One thing that has been determined, barring any last-minute trades, is the 2020 PLL College Draft order. Since there have been seven PLL trades to date and numerous picks swapped, Pro Lacrosse Talk put together a list of each team’s draft picks and recapped how they acquired them.

2020 PLL College Draft Order

Round One

  1. Archers LC
  2. Atlas LC
  3. Waterdogs LC
  4. Chrome LC
  5. Chaos LC
  6. Redwoods LC
  7. Whipsnakes LC

Round Two

  1. Waterdogs LC
  2. Chrome LC
  3. Atlas LC
  4. Archers LC
  5. Chaos LC
  6. Chaos LC
    Acquired from Redwoods via trading Myles Jones for Sergio Salcido
  7. Whipsnakes LC

Round Three

  1. Waterdogs LC
  2. Chrome LC
  3. Chrome LC
    Acquired from Atlas via trading Romar Dennis
  4. Archers LC
  5. Chaos LC
  6. Atlas LC
    Acquired from Chrome via trading for Romar Dennis
    Chrome originally acquired from Redwoods via trading Wes Berg
  7. Whipsnakes LC

Round Four

  1. Waterdogs LC
  2. Chrome LC
  3. Atlas LC
  4. Redwoods LC
    Acquired from Chrome via trading for Wes Berg
    Chrome originally acquired from Archers via trading Brendan Fowler
  5. Chaos LC
  6. Whipsnakes LC
    Acquired from Redwoods via trading Jules Heningburg for Alec Tulett
  7. Redwoods LC
    Acquired from Archers via trading Joey Sankey for Jerry Ragonese
    Archers originally acquired from Whipsnakes via trading Joe McCallion

Recapping the trades that shaped the 2020 PLL College Draft

Redwoods trade Alec Tulett and a fourth round pick to Whipsnakes for Jules Heningburg (June 17, 2019)

The first ever PLL trade was a big one, with the Redwoods acquiring Jules Heningburg and giving up Alec Tulett and what would become the sixth pick in the fourth round (27th overall) of the 2020 PLL College Draft to the Whipsnakes.

Archers trade Joe McCallion to the Whipsnakes for a fourth round pick (June 26, 2019)

This trade flew under the radar and had minimal impact on the field, with Joe McCallion only suiting up for two games with the Whipsnakes and recording no points. The Archers acquired the seventh pick in the fourth round (28th overall), but would later send that pick to the Redwoods along with Jerry Ragonese.

Chrome trade Brendan Fowler to the Archers for a fourth round pick (June 26, 2019)

Just minutes later, the Archers made another move and acquired face off specialist Brendan Fowler from the Chrome in return for their original fourth rounder, the fourth pick in the fourth round (25th overall). The Chrome would later send that pick to the Redwoods in the Wes Berg trade.

Chrome trade Wes Berg and a fourth round pick to the Redwoods for a third round pick (July 3, 2019)

The Redwoods and Chrome made more moves as the Chrome sent Wes Berg to the Woods along with the 25th overall pick they had acquired from the Archers in order to add another third rounder (20th overall). However, the Chrome would later flip that 20th pick into the 17th overall pick in the deal that sends Romar Dennis to the Atlas.

Redwoods trade Joey Sankey to the Archers for Jerry Ragonese and a fourth round pick (July 22, 2019)

The final trade of the 2019 PLL season came right at the deadline with the Archers bolstering their offense with the addition of Joey Sankey and the Redwoods adding another faceoff option in Jerry Ragonese along with another fourth round pick. The pick the Redwoods acquired was the 28th overall pick that the Whipsnakes had previously traded to the Archers in return for Joe McCallion.

Redwoods trade Sergio Salcido to the Redwoods for Myles Jones and a second round pick (February 29, 2020)

The biggest PLL trade to date saw the Chaos trade Myles Jones to the Redwoods in return for Sergio Salcido and a second rounder. The blockbuster trade was the first trade involving a second round pick and gives Andy Towers and the Chaos back-to-back picks in the second round of the 2020 PLL College Draft (12th and 13th overall). Nat St. Laurent and the Redwoods in return get their guy in Myles Jones.

Chrome trade Romar Dennis and the 20th overall pick to the Atlas for the 17th overall pick (March 2, 2020)

The most recent PLL trade was not too surprising given that Romar Dennis had expressed interest in being traded after being left off Chrome’s unprotected roster and went undrafted in the PLL Expansion draft. The Atlas acquired the midfielder by swapping third round picks with the Chrome. The 20th pick that the Chrome traded to the Atlas was originally the Redwoods and was acquired in the Wes Berg trade.

Those are the picks each team will have in the 2020 PLL College Draft and how they acquired them—that much is set at the moment. As for who will be selected, only time will tell. More players will eventually come forward and publicly announce their intention to play pro lacrosse, but as of now, who each PLL coach drafts is anyone’s guess.

Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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