The NFL Draft is all about the build-up. The speculation, intrigue, and predictions are part of the spectacle that makes the NFL Draft exciting. I challenged myself to come up with ten of the wackiest, craziest predictions for Day One of the Draft.
The Cleveland Browns have reportedly decided on the first pick of the NFL Draft already. They’ll wait until they’re officially on the clock to announce who they will pick. Most mock drafts have Cleveland taking Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first overall. He seems like a lock at the first pick, but crazier things have happened on draft night.
I will make ten crazy predictions, in no particular order, each with different likelihoods of actually happening, and most involving the Seahawks in some fashion. If you see one of my predictions come true, call me a fortune teller. If they all come true, I’m in the wrong line of work.
1. The Browns trade their 33rd and 108th pick to the Seahawks for the 26th pick
In true NFL Draft fashion, speculation has whirled around about whether the Browns could part with the first pick of the second round in order to grab a quarterback at pick 26. Things have to fall just right for Cleveland. After they take Garrett first overall, Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson are both gobbled up by, say, Chicago after they trade out of the top three, and the New York Jets. Cleveland, instead of trading up to grab a quarterback they desperately need, eases off the gas, takes someone like tight end O.J. Howard of Alabama or even John Ross out of Washington at 12.
Presumably by that point the only team that could threaten to take Cleveland’s boy all along–Patrick Mahomes–is Kansas City, which has the 27th pick. Cleveland swoops in front of Kansas City by trading up seven spots and takes Mahomes. The Seahawks get the first pick of the second round of the NFL Draft, and add a fourth and possibly a fifth round selection in the process.