*** 2018 NFL MOCK DRAFT (2 rounds) updated June 27. This mock draft will be updated occasionally. Check out old versions of this 2018 NFL Mock Draft in the archived mock section. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
Los Angeles Rams: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Taking a quarterback is a realistic scenario, despite all that the Rams have surrendered for Jared Goof. If they're bad enough to be selecting No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, they'll surely be ready to move on to another quarterback.
Sam Darnold has taken the Pac-12 by storm, as he's been incredible ever since taking over as the starter, which was capped off by his amazing Rose Bowl performance. A big quarterback with a nice arm, terrific accuracy and decent mobility, Darnold could end up being the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
New York Jets: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
The Jets appear to be tanking for the 2018 NFL Draft, as I think we can surmise based on the Josh McCown signing. This is a smart move, as there are projected to be three top-10 signal-callers in this class.
Josh Allen projects as a potential first-round signal-caller. He has a big arm and can scramble pretty well, but he needs to work on his accuracy next year.
San Francisco 49ers: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
A quarterback would make sense for the 49ers if they didn't stand a good chance of obtaining Kirk Cousins. It's unclear if that'll be possible this offseason, but it surely will happen by next spring. If so, Cousins will need someone to throw to besides Pierre Garcon. He'll also need a running back; Carlos Hyde is not a good fit for Kyle Shanahan's offense, and there was some talk that the 49ers would select Leonard Fournette.
Saquon Barkley ran a 4.33 at the Penn State pro day in March and appears to be a potential top-five prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Chicago Bears: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
An edge rusher isn't extremely high on Chicago's list of needs, but I'd have to believe that the Bears would be hard pressed to pass on a super talent like Arden Key. A dynamic edge rusher like Key could really take their defense to the next level and cover up some holes in the secondary.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Blake Bortles has been an utter failure thus far, and there was speculation that they'd draft a quarterback to replace him. That didn't happen, but it could next April.
Lamar Jackson has some issues, but scouts are ranking him favorably, and they believe he'll be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. For more, check out the new NFL Draft Rumor Mill for scouts' thoughts on Jackson and the other quarterbacks.
Cleveland Browns: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
The Browns lost Terrelle Pryor, but failed to replace him in the 2017 NFL Draft. They'll need another dynamic wideout to start across from Corey Coleman.
Christian Kirk would definitely qualify. Kirk is an absolute stud who would be a massive upgrade at receiver.
Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Bengals lost Andrew Whitworth this offseason. They'll be trying out a couple of unproven tackles this season, so they'll probably need to address the position early in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mike McGlinchey would probably have been the top tackle chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft if he had declared (No. 7 overall to the Chargers?), but he announced that he would be returning to school.
Buffalo Bills: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Bills appeared to finally find a capable No. 2 receiver to play across from Sammy Watkins when they selected Zay Jones. However, news broke later that evening that Buffalo was not going to exercise Watkins' fifth-year option, so the team will need a new No. 1 wideout if Watkins leaves via free agency.
Baltimore Ravens: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
The Ravens added some young blood at outside linebacker by selecting Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams. However, they still need more help in their front seven. Their defensive line needs work, especially if some of their young players like Chris Wormley, Carl Davis and Bronson Kaufusi don't pan out.
Da'Ron Payne makes a huge jump in this mock draft edition, as Charlie Campbell reported in the NFL Hot Press that teams are very high on Payne.
Pick change; previously Andrew Brown, DT
Indianapolis Colts: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
The Colts selected Tarell Basham in the third round, but that won't be enough to solve their weak pass rush. Spending a first-round pick on a blue-chip talent like Sam Hubbard would.
Hubbard saw his sack total drop from 6.5 in his freshman year to 3.5 in 2016, but he's a freak athlete poised to have a breakout junior campaign.
Minnesota Vikings: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
The Vikings are disappointed with Sharrif Floyd, so if he doesn't get his act together, he won't be on the team much longer. Vita Vea, a monstrous defensive tackle with pass-rushing ability, could be targeted as a replacement for Floyd in the 2018 NFL Draft.
New Orleans Saints: Andrew Brown, DE/DT, Virginia
The Saints have numerous issues on defense at every level. This includes their pass rush, which they could easily have addressed in the opening round of the 2017 NFL Draft. They did not, so here we are.
Andrew Brown recorded six sacks in 2016, and he has tons of potential and nice size (6-4, 285).
Pick change; previously Bradley Chubb, DE
Cleveland Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama
The Browns could use some cornerback help if they miss out on the top three quarterbacks. Joe Haden hasn't been able to stay healthy, so here's a potential replacement if he continues to be injured.
New York Giants: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Will this finally be the year that the Giants address their pedestrian offensive line? They have to do it eventually.
Connor Williams needs to improve his strength, but his length and athleticism will likely have him chosen in the top half of the opening round.
Miami Dolphins: Derwin James, S, Florida State
The Dolphins are going to have a couple of safeties hit free agency next spring - T.J. McDonald, Michael Thomas - so they could stand to find an upgrade to play next to Reshad Jones.
Derwin James has missed some time in 2016 with a knee injury, but he's a monstrous safety (6-3, 211) who happens to be a terrific athlete. He's still projected to be a top-10 pick.
Denver Broncos: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
The Broncos had two huge needs entering the offseason. One was their offensive line, which was addressed, but not nearly enough. The second was the inside linebacker group, which wasn't touched. Denver liked Haason Reddick, but he was chosen seven spots earlier than its selection. The Broncos can finally obtain the answer with this choice.