Three-round 2020 NFL mock draft 2.0: Pats grab QB in Round 2

I love the NFL Scouting Combine and I'm not afraid to admit it.

Not just because it's a week-long convention of NFL coaches, front office managers, scouts and media members -- though I do like seeing old and new friends in wonderfully compact downtown Indianapolis.

I actually enjoy watching the superb athleticism of the young men trying to impress hundreds of evaluators sitting in Lucas Oil Stadium. Call it the "Underwear Olympics" if you must, but I appreciate the effort given by these prospects reaching for their dreams.

It's always interesting to create a mock draft before the event and then get to see how certain individuals improve their draft stock. Yes, prospects should primarily be graded on their game film and how they were viewed by their teammates and coaches, but that shouldn't discount the impact their performance in Indy has on their overall evaluation.

The combine is great at providing tiebreakers for prospects with similar film grades. And remember, college football players do not play against equal levels of competition. Viewing their athleticism (as well as interviews, medicals and other tests to which we do not have access) helps teams sort out similarly talented prospects who might not have many common opponents. Players might also be asked to perform different tasks on an NFL field (within different schemes) than they did in college, so comparing their relative movement skills helps sort them into different tiers.

So below is one scenario of how the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft could play out in April prior to the knowledge gained at the combine. (I'll have my mock 3.0 for you shortly after the event).

I have included a few first-round trades and projected compensatory picks for the third round (Picks 97-104) based on free agent departures last spring. The NFL usually awards comp picks in late February.

Round 2

Pick
33
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
2020 ·
Laviska Shenault Jr.
Jacksonville Jaguars · WR

School: Colorado | Year: Junior

Pick
34
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2020 ·
Austin Jackson
Miami Dolphins · OT

School: USC | Year: Junior

Pick
35
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2020 ·
Zack Baun
New Orleans Saints · LB

School: Wisconsin | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
36
New York Giants
New York Giants
2020 ·
Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings · WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Pick
37
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
2020 ·
Hunter Bryant
Detroit Lions · TE

School: Washington | Year: Junior

Pick
38
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
2020 ·
Jake Fromm
Buffalo Bills · QB

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH PANTHERS.

Pick
39
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020 ·
Jonathan Taylor
Indianapolis Colts · RB

School: Wisconsin | Year: Junior

Pick
40
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
2020 ·
Bradlee Anae
Dallas Cowboys · DE

School: Utah | Year: Senior

Pick
41
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2020 ·
Leki Fotu
Arizona Cardinals · DT

School: Utah | Year: Senior

Pick
42
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2020 ·
Noah Igbinoghene
Miami Dolphins · CB

School: Auburn | Year: Junior

Pick
43
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
2020 ·
Damien Lewis
Seattle Seahawks · OG

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Pick
44
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2020 ·
Brycen Hopkins
Los Angeles Rams · TE

School: Purdue | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
45
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2020 ·
J.K. Dobbins
Baltimore Ravens · RB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

Pick
46
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
2020 ·
Terrell Burgess
Los Angeles Rams · SAF

School: Utah | Year: Senior

Pick
47
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
2020 ·
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Kansas City Chiefs · RB

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Pick
48
New York Jets
New York Jets
2020 ·
Jalen Reagor
Philadelphia Eagles · WR

School: TCU | Year: Junior

Pick
49
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
2020 ·
Terrell Lewis
Los Angeles Rams · LB

School: Alabama | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
50
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
2020 ·
Kyle Dugger
New England Patriots · SAF

School: Lenoir-Rhyne | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
51
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
2020 ·
A.J. Terrell
Atlanta Falcons · CB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

Pick
52
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
2020 ·
Marlon Davidson
Atlanta Falcons · DE

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

Pick
53
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
2020 ·
Lloyd Cushenberry
Denver Broncos · C

School: LSU | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
54
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
2020 ·
Curtis Weaver
Miami Dolphins · DE

School: Boise State | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
55
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2020 ·
K.J. Hamler
Denver Broncos · WR

School: Penn State | Year: Sophomore (RS)

PROJECTED TRADE WITH FALCONS.

Pick
56
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2020 ·
Antoine Winfield Jr.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers · SAF

School: Minnesota | Year: Sophomore (RS)

PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS.

Pick
57
Houston Texans
Houston Texans
2020 ·
C.J. Henderson
Jacksonville Jaguars · CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

Pick
58
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2020 ·
Antonio Gandy-Golden
Washington Redskins · WR

School: Liberty | Year: Senior

Pick
59
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2020 ·
Jordyn Brooks
Seattle Seahawks · LB

School: Texas Tech | Year: Senior

Pick
60
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
2020 ·
Denzel Mims
New York Jets · WR

School: Baylor | Year: Senior

Pick
61
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
2020 ·
Julian Okwara
Detroit Lions · DE

School: Notre Dame | Year: Senior

Pick
62
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
2020 ·
Harrison Bryant
Cleveland Browns · TE

School: Florida Atlantic | Year: Senior

Pick
63
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
2020 ·
Kristian Fulton
Tennessee Titans · CB

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Pick
64
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2020 ·
Trevis Gipson
Chicago Bears · DE

School: Tulsa | Year: Senior (RS)

Follow Chad Reuter on Twitter @chad_reuter.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.