*** 2019 NFL MOCK DRAFT updated April 6. This mock draft will be updated occasionally. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
Baltimore Ravens: Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Da'Ron Payne, NT
If someone in the comment board says that this draft order sucks, please feel free to call them an idiot because this is the second time I've written that this order is completely random. If the Ravens do end up with the top selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, it's likely that Joe Flacco has continued to regress, so he'll need need to be replaced.
Shea Patterson completed 64 percent of his passes during the 2017 campaign. League contacts have told Charlie Campbell that Patterson compares favorably to Johnny Manziel, but without all of the off-the-field concerns. I think Patterson will have a realistic shot of being the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft if Jim Harbaugh is able to coach him up.
New Orleans Saints: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Lamar Jackson, QB
The Saints could use another interior defensive presence to go along with Sheldon Rankins, as it seems as though Nick Fairley may never play football again. The Saints have cut ties with Fairley anyway.
Ed Oliver was a highly productive defensive lineman for Houston, recording a ridiculous 22.5 TFLs as a freshman. He was a monster this season and currently projects to be a top-five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Denzel Ward, CB
The 49ers have a dominant defensive tackle in DeForest Buckner, but they could use another terrific presence to play next to him.
Dexter Lawrence is a monster of a defensive tackle (6-5, 340) and is exceptional at both stuffing the run and pressuring the quarterback.
New York Giants: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Marcus Davenport, DE and Courtland Sutton, WR
I had the Giants selecting Josh Rosen in my 2018 NFL Mock Draft prior to the combine. I've since changed the pick, as there have been reports that Sam Darnold is the only quarterback the Giants like. It also sounds like they could trade down, which is what I have happening in my mock.
Clayton Thorson is an underrated prospect because of his supporting cast. He has plus mechanics, and he can make any pass, fitting throws into tight windows. He has a nice arm, and he's also smart and athletic. He could be a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft if he recovers from the injury he suffered in his postseason exhibition game.
Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): None
Dee Ford is an impending free agent, while Tamba Hali was released. The Chiefs will need to find a new, potent edge rusher across from Justin Houston.
Nick Bosa has a tremendous skill set, and he has been very productive for Ohio State in 2017 thus far after recording five sacks last year.
Indianapolis Colts: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Bradley Chubb, DE
The Colts figure to bolster their defense and running game this draft, so they can focus on finding a strong receiver across from T.Y. Hilton next offseason.
A.J. Brown has a tremendous athleticism, and he's been a great weapon for Ole Miss this year.
The Dolphins cut Ndamukong Suh, so they're going to need a disruptive interior force to replace him. Luckily for them, the 2019 NFL Draft is packed with prospects who can duplicate Suh's production.
Rashan Gary is an athletic freak. He wasn't extremely productive as a freshman, but he recorded five sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2017. His teammates believe he'll be a top-10 pick.
New York Jets: Trey Adams, OT, Washington 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Josh Rosen, QB
The Jets traded up for a quarterback, so the resources they surrendered won't go toward finding a tackle to protect the young signal-caller. New York will have to wait until 2019 to find a franchise blind-side protector.
Trey Adams was a fixture in my 2018 mock before tearing his ACL. He's returning to Washington for 2018, but if he fully recovers, he'll be a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Buffalo Bills: Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Sam Darnold, QB
The Bills have a strong defense, but will need to retool up front. Marcell Dareus is gone, while Kyle Williams won't be around much longer. Star Lotulelei was signed, but he won't pan out. Some young blood is needed in the interior of the defensive front.
Raekwon Davis had a dominant performance in the national championship to cap off his excellent 2017 season in which he logged 8.5 sacks.
Chicago Bears: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Tremaine Edmunds, LB
The Bears lost several edge rushers this offseason, so they may consider using next year's first-round pick on one of the many talented 2019 defensive linemen.
Clelin Ferrell has elite athleticism, and he could've been a top-15, or even a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft had he declared.
Detroit Lions: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Joshua Jackson, CB
The Lions have needs all over their defense, including the interior of the front. Help is needed next to A'Shawn Robinson.
Christian Wilkins has superior speed and athleticism as an interior disruptor.
Oakland Raiders: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Vita Vea, DT
I have Jon Gruden selecting his version of Warren Sapp in my 2018 NFL Mock Draft. Here, he can get his next Ronde Barber.
DeAndre Baker had a terrific 2017 campaign, showing great athleticism.
Arizona Cardinals: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU 2018 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/4): Mike McGlinchey, OT
Arizona has had success drafting LSU defensive backs. The team has needed an upgrade across from Patrick Peterson for quite some time, and this could be the answer.
Greedy Williams had a spectacular freshman season with six interceptions. Williams has great size (6-2, 182) and quickness, and he has top-10 upside.