2016 NFL Draft: 10 Wildcards to Watch for in Round 1

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The 2016 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and everybody (including myself) is projecting which players are going to be drafted by which teams. It’s an almost impossible assignment, just like correctly filling out a entire March Madness bracket.

Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Even when everything looks good and makes sense on paper, there’s always an unexpected move that happens during the draft that ends up having a ripple effect.

In 2015, offensive linemen Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers were both drafted before many people anticipated.

In 2014, quarterback Blake Bortles went early to Jacksonville at #3, while Teddy Bridgewater fell all the way down to the #32 slot.

In 2013, EJ Manuel was a surprise pick for the Bills at #16. Quarterback Geno Smith, whom many projected to get drafted in the first round, fell to the second.

Just like in previous years, the same unexpected moves will happen in 2016. Players who are projected to go high in the draft will fall. Other players will go well ahead of where many experts have them projected.

It’s going to happen.

Just deal with it.

These are the top 10 wildcard players to watch for in Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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