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Outrageous Predictions for the 2016 NFL Draft

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If you are an NFL Draft geek like me, you've read every mock draft out there. You know who is going where and in what round. It's all written in stone, right?

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You know that's not the case.

The exercise of trying to predict how the NFL Draft will unfold is — for all intents and purposes — useless. Nobody knows how it's going to go. The only group of people who can, without a doubt, project any one pick during the 2016 NFL Draft will be sitting in the Los Angeles Rams war room. After that, it's a crapshoot.

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That leaves the door open for the outrageous to occur. Here is my best attempt at predicting some of it during the first round on Thursday night.

Outrageous Predictions for the 2016 NFL Draft

Cleveland trades back up for Joey Bosa

San Diego has no idea what to do at No. 3. The Chargers need so much in so many places. Look for the Browns to offer to swap picks and sweeten the pot with a later pick in order to move up and draft the new face of their franchise. They can get a quarterback on Day 2.

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Dallas grabs Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4

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Jerry Jones wants what he wants, and he's seen Zeke Elliott do work at AT&T Stadium in the past. The Cowboys grabbed Alfred Morris to bolster the run game, but Elliott would give them the electric game-changer that they haven't had at the position since Emmitt Smith left.

Chip Kelly reaches for a quarterback at No. 7

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Paxton Lynch is mobile, with quick feet and a quick trigger. He can see the whole field at all times and can make quick decisions. That, combined with his swagger make him the perfect fit for Kelly's offense in San Francisco.

The Raiders draft Derrick Henry

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Oakland hit the jackpot with a skill player from Alabama a season ago. Now, with no glaring needs to fill, the Raiders can afford to go after luxuries. Being able to take a lead into the fourth quarter and pound out a win by handing the ball to two big backs like Henry and Latavius Murray would make them even more difficult to beat than many already think they will be.

New England trades into the first round to draft Christian Hackenberg

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There are rumors that the Bills have their eyes on the Penn State signal caller and former Bill O'Brien pupil. There are also rumors that New England could trade back into the first round. The Patriots can kill two birds with one stone by leapfrogging Buffalo for Hackenberg. For starters, it's always nice to get one over on Rex Ryan. Additionally, they'll have a raw talent who is already somewhat familiar with New England's style thanks to his time with O'Brien. Tom Brady's reinstated four-game suspension will serve as a showcase for Jimmy Garrapolo, leading Belichick to get a quarterback-starved franchise to overpay for him. That would leave Hackenberg as Brady's understudy.

Denver does nothing and still has its next franchise quarterback fall into its lap

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John Elway is over Colin Kaepernick. Look for Denver to sit tight at No. 31 and let Connor Cook — a player whose skill set fits perfectly with Denver's offense — fall to its spot. There is enough talent around Cook at the skill positions for him to step in, be comfortable and be a viable starter immediately.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Scott is the owner of KnowItAllFootball.com and host of "Raising the Bar" on RadiOmaha.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.