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*** 2018 NFL MOCK DRAFT updated April 27. This mock draft will be updated occasionally. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
Los Angeles Rams: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): None
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.
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New York Jets: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Leonard Fournette, RB
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 Rosen was once the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he's been passed by Sam Darnold. It also must be noted that NFL coaches and owners are wary of the sort of things Rosen has discussed to the media. However, he's young and could improve his thinking.
San Francisco 49ers: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Solomon Thomas, DE
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.
Christian Kirk would definitely qualify. Kirk is an absolute stud who would be a massive upgrade at receiver.
Chicago Bears: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Jamal Adams, S
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: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Jonathan Allen, DE/DT
Blake Bortles has been an utter failure thus far, but something the Jaguars can point to is a lack of play-making talent around him, save for Allen Robinson. It appears as though Jacksonville wants to select Leonard Fournette, but he may not be available at No. 4 overall. If he's gone, Saquon Barkley would be in play.
Saquon Barkley ran a 4.33 at the Penn State pro day in March and appears to be a top-five prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Cleveland Browns: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Myles Garrett, DE and Mitchell Trubisky, QB
There are two stud receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft, and the Browns could obtain one of them as a weapon for Mitchell Trubisky. Calvin Ridley would pair nicely with Corey Coleman.
Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): John Ross, WR
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 be the top tackle chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft if he were to declare, but he announced that he would be returning to school.
Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Marshon Lattimore, CB
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. The Bills could certainly use him if they decide to part ways with Tyrod Taylor after this season.
Baltimore Ravens: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Cam Robinson, OT
The Ravens could address the outside linebacker position early in the 2017 NFL Draft, as Terrell Suggs is close to retirement, while Elvis Dumervil was let go. This pick shouldn't surprise anyone.
Sam 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: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): None
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. Christian Wilkins could be targeted as a replacement for Floyd in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Washington Redskins: Derwin James, S, Florida State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Reuben Foster, LB
The Redskins don't have a great safety situation, so they could address the position early during one of the next two NFL Drafts.
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.
Indianapolis Colts: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Derek Barnett, DE
The ultra-talented Malik Jefferson makes a lot of sense for the Colts at No. 12 overall in this 2018 NFL Mock Draft. Indianapolis really struggled to cover running backs and tight ends last season because of poor linebacker play. Jefferson would be able to fix that problem.
Carolina Panthers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR
The Panthers have to replace Josh Norman at some point. Cornerback isn't a huge need, but they could use another starter at the position.
Denver Broncos: Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Zach Cunningham, LB
This is a possibility even if the Broncos can land Garett Bolles. Back-to-back offensive tackles may seem strange if you're not familiar with the Broncos. Upon further inspection, however, you'll see that Denver's tackle situation is extremely dire, as the team doesn't have a single starting-caliber tackle on the roster.
Houston Texans: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Pat Mahomes, QB
The Texans sustained a huge departure this offseason when they lost A.J. Bouye to the Jaguars. They could select a cornerback in the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. If not, this becomes a very realistic possibility.
Arizona Cardinals: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/27): Haason Reddick, LB
Larry Fitzgerald has agreed to return for 2017, but it's unclear how much longer he'll want to keep playing. Michael Floyd is gone, while John Brown is an impending free agent. Arizona will have to target a receiver early in one of the next two NFL Drafts.
James Washington made somewhat of a surprise choice by going back to school; he had a chance to be a first-round this April.
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