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Outrageous Predictions for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

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Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

It seems like every year, we go into the NFL Scouting Combine thinking we know what is what, only to have it finish and leave us feeling like we know nothing. It never fails. Players disappoint and lay eggs or step up and change the way we project the entire draft — sometimes in a span of just 40 yards.

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With positional workouts set to begin on Friday, the 2016 Combine figures to be no different in this respect. As a result, you should expect the outrageous to occur.

Outrageous Predictions for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

A Non-FBS lineman will shine

Hobart's Ali Marpet would one of the stars of the Combine in 2015. Look for another small-school guy to emerge and rise to the top of this year's lineman class in Indy. Some candidates to watch are North Dakota State's Joe Haeg, Harvard's Cole Toner and West Georgia's Dominique Robertson. Haeg has the potential to vault into the first-round conversation.

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A running back will have the most reps on the bench press

Nebraska fullback Andy Janovich will likely make his name as a special teams ace in the NFL, but not before he wows us at the Combine. The two-time Nebraska state wrestling champion earned Nebraska football's prestigious "Lifter of the Year" award in 2015. He boasted on Twitter last summer that he could do 52 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. The Combine record is 51. I'm not betting against him.

A former quarterback will record the fastest 40 time

Remember when Braxton Miller was a quarterback? He has run sub-4.4 second 40s in the past without training specifically for them. He's spent the last couple of months getting ready to show NFL scouts just how dangerous he can be on Sundays, and dominating in the 40 is how he'll finish his statement.

Cardale Jones establishes himself as a viable first-round option

After his unlikely rise to fame and subsequent success during Ohio State's national championship run two seasons ago, some were asking whether or not Jones should go pro — projecting him as a first-rounder. One year later, it looks like he should have done exactly that when he had the chance. He's now a player with even more question marks than he had a year ago thanks to a larger sample size. The fact remains, he is probably the most athletically gifted prospect at the position in the 2016 class. Keep your eyes on him this week, as he is bound to remind us why we fell in love with his potential a season ago.


Related: 5 Ohio State Buckeyes Looking to Impress During the NFL Scouting Combine

DeForest Buckner will struggle all around

He's been rising up a lot of mocks and boards lately, but look for his length and playing style to hurt him in a number of drills at the Combine. He's the sort of player who won't shine in workouts, but can dominate a game based on his physical traits. A slow 40 time, low bench number and an average vertical are all going to have scouts questioning what they saw on film.

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