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APC Mock Draft 2020: Picks 11-20 see five Alabama players come off the board

The SEC dominates the teens of our 2020 mock, with just one player from another conference picked between 11 and 20.

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Each year, Acme Packing Company’s writers combine for a mock draft, pitting each of us against one another as we represent different teams. This year, eight APC contributors pitched in, representing four teams apiece — two NFC teams and two AFC teams, and all from different divisions.

This year’s mock stretches to the end of the second round of the draft, giving some possibilities for how the Green Bay Packers’ picks at 30 and 62 overall could go. Check out the mock as we reveal the first round over the course of the next few days, followed by round two later on this week.

Today we run through the teens to watch potential future Packers come off the board in the middle of round one. Stay tuned tomorrow as we conclude round one, followed by round two on Thursday.

1.11 NY Jets: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville (Shawn)

If the board falls this way, this pick comes down to two offensive tackles - Jedrick Wills or Mekhi Becton. The Jets need someone to protect their Sam Darnold investment and Becton could be the blindside protector the Jets need. There are questions if Wills can play on the left side, so Becton is the pick.

1.12 Las Vegas: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (Mike)

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock need to make a splash with their first choice as the Las Vegas Raiders. They get that splash with Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy jumps into the number one receiver right away for David Carr. Jeudy is the top route runner in the draft and has the speed to separate from corners, everything the Raiders need. In my opinion, he has some of the same traits as Julio Jones. That’s a big comparison but Jeudy will need to be that type of player to meet the high expectations the Raiders will have their first season in Vegas.

1.13 San Francisco: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina (Mike)

The 49ers traded DeForest Buckner to the Colts for this pick and Javon Kinlaw will be a great fit to replace him. He has great size and explosiveness off the ball. He can defend the run and, while he needs to develop some more moves, he can rush the passer from the interior. For the second year in a row the 49ers grab my favorite player in the draft, last year it was Deebo Samuel (we all went to South Carolina) and it’ll set up the 49ers defense to stay stout as they try to make another run at the Super Bowl.

1.14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama (Kris)

You just signed Tom Brady so you’ve got to protect him. It’s not going to be the sexiest pick but with several offensive tackles off the board before the first round is even over, Tampa Bay will feel the pressure to pull the trigger on arguably the most athletic offensive linemen in the draft.

1.15 Denver Broncos: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama (Tex)

Denver’s offense has plenty of talent at running back after signing Melvin Gordon and a strong-armed young quarterback in Drew Lock. Now let’s give Lock a true burner, a deep threat who can run down any ball he throws up. Ruggs will be a day-one starter and provides a nice difference in skillset to the likes of Courtland Suton and DaeSean Hamilton.

1.16 - Atlanta Falcons, CJ Henderson, CB, Florida (Paul)

Dan Quinn is supposed to be the kind of coach who elevates a defense. That hasn’t happened in Atlanta, and I expect this to be a defense-heavy draft as a result. Atlanta was 25th against the pass in DVOA and desperately needs help at EDGE and CB. Henderson will get them off to a nice start as the second best DB in this draft should be able to step in and start straight away.

1.17 Dallas Cowboys: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama (Kris)

Even though Mike McCarthy has old friend Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with him in Dallas, their secondary is in major need of an overhaul. Smart, fast and versatile, McKinney will give the veteran coach his best skillset at safety in a long, long time.

1.18 Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers): Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (Tex)

Pairing a rookie quarterback with a rookie wide receiver — and one who has all the soft skills necessary to develop early chemistry with his quarterback — is my ideal setup here, even if the two come from rival SEC schools. Jefferson is a very good athlete, but it’s his ability to find open spaces in zone coverages and get open that makes him a special player. Devante Parker will still be the #1 option, but Jefferson provides a great option out of the slot as a rookie, and Miami’s offense should be much more dangerous in the coming year.

1.19 Las Vegas Raiders: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama (Mike)

The Raiders have big holes to fill at wide receiver and cornerback. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock got their receiver from Alabama with their first round pick and head back to Tuscaloosa to fill their void at cornerback with Trevon Diggs. Diggs has good size and strength to jam receivers at the line. He fits better as a cover corner as he has some trouble with the deep ball but the Raiders have good safeties to help him out over the top. Diggs will be a solid complement to Trayvon Mullen and will give the Raiders some help with the pass happy AFC West.

1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU (Paul)

Jacksonville needs a little of everything after having lost a little bit of everything. Without a decent QB left and with Jefferson off the board at WR, Jacksonville opts for the best defensive player left. While Queen may not play a premium position, he’s not a bad fit in their scheme.

APC 2020 Mock Draft

Pick Team Player Position College Author
Pick Team Player Position College Author
1 CIN Joe Burrow QB LSU Kris
2 WAS Chase Young EDGE Ohio State Jordan
3 DET Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State Mike
4 NYG Isaiah Simmons LB Clemson Jon B
5 MIA Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama Tex
6 LAC Justin Herbert QB Oregon Shawn
7 CAR Derrick Brown DT Auburn Jon B
8 ARI Andrew Thomas OT Georgia Peter
9 JAX CeeDee Lamb WR Oklahoma Paul
10 CLE Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa Jordan
11 NYJ Mekhi Becton OT Louisville Shawn
12 LV Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama Mike
13 SF (from IND) Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina Mike
14 TB Jedrick Wills OT Alabama Kris
15 DEN Henry Ruggs WR Alabama Tex
16 ATL CJ Henderson CB Florida Paul
17 DAL Xavier McKinney S Alabama Kris
18 MIA (from PIT) Justin Jefferson WR LSU Tex
19 LV (from CHI) Trevon Diggs CB Alabama Mike
20 JAX (from LAR) Patrick Queen LB LSU Paul
21 PHI Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma Tex
22 MIN (from BUF) K'Lavon Chaisson DE LSU Shawn
23 NE Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State Paul
24 NO Jordan Love QB Utah State Shawn
25 MIN Denzel Mims WR Baylor Shawn
26 MIA (from HOU) Austin Jackson OT USC Tex
27 SEA Jeff Gladney DB TCU Jordan
28 BAL Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame Jon B
29 TEN Ross Blacklock DT TCU Jon B
30 GB Joshua Jones OT Houston Peter
31 SF Tee Higgins WR Clemson Mike
32 KC Zack Baun LB Wisconsin Kris