With NFL Draft Week Beginning, Don't Be Surprised...Of The Unexpected

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 18, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma watches drills after deciding not to participate  during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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When Sunday officially came, we knew it was time. Draft week is upon us.

For the past four months we have seen mock drafts, player analysis, and more from every possible angle. Trust me, if you search deep enough, you will find it.

The best part about the NFL Draft is how it is so unpredictable. Nobody will have a mock draft that is perfectly correct, and rightfully so.

There will be trading in the first round, including reaches at certain picks.

Some will agree with the selections, other will disagree, but this draft has been one of the hyped classes in recent memory.

With the depth of this years class, there is a reason the draft is getting so much buzz.

So many predictions are already being made, but are being set in stone. Some I agree with, other I disagree with. Today is your lucky day, because I have come up with a list of the unexpected... what not many people have in their mock drafts, or actually believe it will happen.

The Detroit Lions Selecting Russell Okung

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After reading more on this topic, it becomes really interesting. I am one of the many that believe the Lions should take Ndamukong Suh, especially with the struggles on the defensive side of the ball.

We can't throw out the possibility of beginning the process of protecting Matthew Stafford. I have been telling myself Rob Sims (traded from Seattle), is the answer. But I continue to get the feeling Sims is not as good as people make him out to be.

The Lions have one of the worst lines in football, so in the end it may be in the best of interest to protect your new investment in Stafford.

Dez Bryant Could Be Selected By The Patriots Or Ravens

Dez Bryant has been the talk of the draft for the past few weeks, with his draft stock in question.

Bryant does have all the potential, but his character issues does scare off quite a few general managers.

The Miami Dolphins quieted the rumors, by trading for Brandon Marshall. San Francisco also dealt for Ted Ginn, after rumors coming out of a receiver being drafted two straight years in the first round.

The forgone conclusion is the Denver Broncos drafting Dez Bryant. But as mentioned last week in an article, I can't see Denver taking on another possible character problem in Bryant, at the 11th overall pick.

If Bryant falls past 11th overall, there aren't many options. A sleeper pick could be the Seattle Seahawks, who might not have dealt for Marshall knowing there is a good chance Dez will be at their 14th selection.

It is looking as if he can stumble into the late first round, when the Bengals being possibly the first target.

Though, if it is between Jermaine Gresham and Bryant, I see the Bengals filling the upgrade at the tight end position.

The two remaining teams that seems likely is the Patriots and the Ravens. Both have solid receiving groups now, however, age is a factor for both teams.

I believe the Patriots would have the best chance of getting him. If he falls past pick 14, New England may end up trading for him.

There is also a chance New England goes defense, which is a big weakness. Then, it would leave me to believe Baltimore wouldn't lass on Bryant.

Not only has Bryant visited with the Ravens, but Ozzie Newsome has said there is a need for a receiver in this draft, and is known for taking the best available.

The Oakland Raiders Will Not Select Bruce Campbell or Trent Williams

The Raiders are the most talked about when coming to mock drafts. When I have done my mocks, I can't say for a fact this is a definite pick. However, people are putting behind history, and are thinking the Raiders will either go Bruce Campbell or Trent Williams.

Look, it is no secret. The Raiders need help at offensive line. Many believe they will go with an athletic offensive lineman, per Al Davis' style.  But I will tell you this; don't be surprised if neither Campbell, nor Williams is picked, as I believe they won't.

I have two sleepers to watch out for. First, it is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The loss of Greg Ellis on the defensive line could mean a lot to Al. There are questions about Jason, who has only started one year of college football.

But his athleticism must be an attracting gift to Al Davis. Projected as a top 15 pick, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Al goes that route.

My biggest sleeper for the Raiders is Mike Iupati. Yes, folks, you are seeing it right in front of your eyes.

There are quite a few needs on the offensive line, one of them being at the guard position. Iupati is the best guard in this years class, and is looking to be a top 25 overall selection.

For his size, he brings great athleticism which could impress Al. The Raiders could be more of a running team with Hue Jackson taking the show ( was with Ravens last few seasons). Al may feel a guard like Iupati could be one of the pieces to putting this offense back together.

These are just a few of the many surprises we may see draft night. Whether the Rams take Bradford, or the stock of Clausen, are another few ideas. But here is what can be guaranteed: There will be surprises in this years draft, which we will not be able to avoid this coming week.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. He will be covering the NFL Draft for the next week, so stay tuned.

Follow me on twitter for NFL updates: http://twitter.com/MattMiselis

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