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Outrageous Predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

You've read every mock leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, which will finally get started on Thursday. All of the prospects have been evaluated, interviewed, poked and prodded. Now we know exactly who is going where based on the needs (and wants) of every NFL franchise, right?

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph

You know better than that.

When it comes to outrageousness and surprise, few events in sports rival that of the NFL draft — particularly in the first round. On Thursday night, we'll watch as 32 teams draft, trade and jockey for position in an effort to change the fortunes of the franchise. Just know, in the words of Luke Skywalker, "This is not going to go the way you think!"

Outrageous Predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft

Mason Rudolph is drafted in the top 10

Forget the hype and talk about guys like Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. Nobody is talking about Rudolph and that's no accident. He's the ace up the sleeve of several teams in need of a quarterback. He might be the best pure passer in the draft, and you're going to tell me he makes it out of a top 10 in which half of the teams with picks are in need of a quarterback of the future? I'm not buying that, and don't rule out someone trading up to get him.

Baker Mayfield falls out of the first round

Sure, a lot of teams have needs at quarterback, but the market for short signal-callers with character issues is not great. Mayfield is a unique talent, but I'm not sure he's the sort of player a franchise uses a first-round pick on in the hope that he will become the face of the organization. He has a lot of growing up to do, and even the teams that need quarterbacks have bigger holes to plug. He'll be around on Friday night.

The Colts draft a quarterback

I don't know what you people are hearing and reading, but everything I've heard and read tells me that Andrew Luck — as we once knew him — no longer exists. He'll be 29 in September and he hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL game since Barack Obama was president. The Colts need to rebuild now. They can't wait for Luck to heal and subsequently get comfortable. This is a business, and the right business decision for the Colts to make right now is to move on from Luck. If I know it, their front office knows it, and they'll take a quarterback with the No. 6 pick.

New England trades into the top 5

The three best players in this draft are Quenton Nelson, Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley. All three play positions of need for the Patriots. Two of the three are very likely to still be on the board when the Browns are on the clock with the No. 4 pick. All three are head and shoulders above what New England could draft with both the 23rd and 31st overall picks. Look for Bill Belichick to go against what he normally does, package one or both of New England's first-round picks, and go get one of the top three players available in this draft.

— Written by J.P. Scott who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on Fox Sports, Yahoo!, Bleacher Report, SBNation and He is currently the Site Expert at, the Notre Dame blog on the Fansided Network. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.