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5 potential surprises at the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is never dull.

For 80 years, the annual player selection meeting has captivated the sports world, and 2015 will be no different.

It won't take long before mock drafts are ripped up as trades and players rising and falling cause the order to twist and turn with every pick. But none of this should shock us.

As Giants general manager Jerry Reese said in his pre-draft press conference, "You never know. I learned that a long time ago in the draft. Funny things can happen, so expect everything to happen."

With that in mind, looked at five surprising draft scenarios that could play out leading up to the Giants' first-round pick at No. 9.

1. Only one QB is off the board by the ninth pick.

The Giants are in a similar circumstance as last year: the more quarterbacks taken before them, the better. The Giants are set at the marquee position that often dictates how the first round unfolds. This year all eyes will be on Heisman Trophy winners Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

"I think you always have a good idea, but it is always unpredictable," Reese said. "You never know what is going to happen. You can look up and some of those quarterbacks they think are going to be in the first couple picks could be – not off the board until 15 or 20."

2. Trade in the top five.

While we'll have to wait until 8 p.m. ET tonight, it is widely assumed that Winston will be the first player taken in the draft by the Buccaneers. Then it gets interesting at No. 2, which is currently held by the Titans. There is possible movement there in the top five, which we saw last year when the Bills moved to No. 4 to acquire wide receiver Sammy Watkins. In 2014, there were 11 first-round trades. Since 2000, the most were 19 in 2012 and the lowest were eight the year before in 2011. [


3. A running back breaks the first-round drought.

Drafted third overall by the Browns in 2012, Trent Richardson was the last running back to be taken in the first round of the draft. While five were taken in the second round in 2013 and three more last year, many are looking at Georgia's Todd Gurley to break the drought in the top 32. Mock drafts have him ranging anywhere from top 10 to late first round.

4. There is a top-tier wide receiver available at No. 9.

Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White are regarded as the top wide receivers in a 2015 draft class looking to rival last year's rookies at the position. Of course, that group included Odell Beckham Jr., the 12th overall pick by the Giants who went on to become the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. If another potential playmaker is available for the Giants, will they take him? We'll see.

5. Someone slides.

In NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock's final list of top 100 prospects, you don't get to a quarterback until Mariota at No. 5. But because of the premium on the quarterback position, that's not how the draft always plays out. Rather, defensive linemen Leonard Williams of USC and Dante Fowler Jr. of Florida are first and second, respectively, according to Mayock. If the need doesn't meet the value, we've seen talented players go off the board later than expected and vice versa.

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