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.
Colorado · WR

School: Colorado | Year: Junior

Pick
34
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2020
Austin Jackson
USC · T

School: USC | Year: Junior

Pick
35
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2020
Zack Baun
Wisconsin · LB

School: Wisconsin | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
36
New York Giants
New York Giants
2020
Justin Jefferson
LSU · WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Pick
37
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
2020
Hunter Bryant
Washington · TE

School: Washington | Year: Junior

Pick
38
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
2020
Jake Fromm
Georgia · QB

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH PANTHERS.

Pick
39
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2020
Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin · RB

School: Wisconsin | Year: Junior

Pick
40
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
2020
Bradlee Anae
Utah · EDGE

School: Utah | Year: Senior

Pick
41
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2020
Leki Fotu
Utah · DT

School: Utah | Year: Senior

Pick
42
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2020
Noah Igbinoghene
Auburn · CB

School: Auburn | Year: Junior

Pick
43
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
2020
Damien Lewis
LSU · G

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Pick
44
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2020
Brycen Hopkins
Purdue · TE

School: Purdue | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
45
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2020
J.K. Dobbins
Ohio State · RB

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior

Pick
46
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
2020
Terrell Burgess
Utah · S

School: Utah | Year: Senior

Pick
47
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
2020

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Pick
48
New York Jets
New York Jets
2020
Jalen Reagor
TCU · WR

School: TCU | Year: Junior

Pick
49
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
2020
Terrell Lewis
Alabama · EDGE

School: Alabama | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
50
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
2020
Kyle Dugger
Lenoir Rhyne · S

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

Pick
51
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
2020
A.J. Terrell
Clemson · CB

School: Clemson | Year: Junior

Pick
52
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
2020
Marlon Davidson
Auburn · EDGE

School: Auburn | Year: Senior

Pick
53
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
2020

School: LSU | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
54
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
2020
Curtis Weaver
Boise State · EDGE

School: Boise State | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
55
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2020
K.J. Hamler
Penn State · WR

School: Penn State | Year: Sophomore (RS)

PROJECTED TRADE WITH FALCONS.

Pick
56
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2020
Antoine Winfield Jr.
Minnesota · S

School: Minnesota | Year: Sophomore (RS)

PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS.

Pick
57
Houston Texans
Houston Texans
2020
C.J. Henderson
Florida · CB

School: Florida | Year: Junior

Pick
58
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2020
Antonio Gandy-Golden
Liberty · WR

School: Liberty | Year: Senior

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

School: Texas Tech | Year: Senior

Pick
60
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
2020
Denzel Mims
Baylor · WR

School: Baylor | Year: Senior

Pick
61
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
2020
Julian Okwara
Notre Dame · EDGE

School: Notre Dame | Year: Senior

Pick
62
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
2020
Harrison Bryant
Florida Atlantic · TE

School: Florida Atlantic | Year: Senior

Pick
63
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
2020
Kristian Fulton
LSU · CB

School: LSU | Year: Senior

Pick
64
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2020
Trevis Gipson
Tulsa · DE

School: Tulsa | Year: Senior (RS)

Follow Chad Reuter on Twitter @chad_reuter.

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