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Veteran NFL Executive Has Prediction For The Draft

A general view of the NFL Draft as the Broncos are set to announce their selection.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The Denver Broncos logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Buckle up, football fans. The 2022 NFL Draft commences Thursday night, kicking off a three-day event that will glue countless viewers to their screens to see which top prospects will play for their favorite teams.

There'd be no need for thousands of mock drafts if everyone knew what was about to happen. Even diehard draftniks are often surprised by unexpected picks, and yet insiders typically have some idea of what will unfold on Day 1.

This year could be a completely different story.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a veteran front-office executive called this "the craziest draft I’ve seen in 30 years."

The unusual quarterback landscape is a key culprit to this uncertainty. A passer has gone No. 1 overall in each of the last four drafts, and everyone pretty much knew the Jacksonville Jaguars were taking Trevor Lawrence the second the 2020 season ended.

However, Jacksonville has no clear choice with this year's top pick. While Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson was initially the front-runner, the tides have seemingly shifted to Georgia's Travon Walker.

Nobody knows when the first quarterback will go, or who will get picked first. The same goes for other high-profile positions such as wide receiver and cornerback.

Then there are trade scenarios to consider. Could Deebo Samuel get dealt Thursday night? Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo also remain on the block, which at least adds another wrinkle for teams considering a signal-caller in the opening round.

One of the most mysterious drafts in quite some time gives fans all the more reason to tune into coverage starting 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, ABC, and the NFL Network.