The five most unpredictable first-round prospects of the NFL Draft
I like Hayden going 12th overall to the Dolphins. I also wouldn't be surprised if they passed on him. The Jets, who have the 9th and 13th overall picks, were apparently very impressed with Hayden's workout on Monday. ESPN's Mel Kiper has Hayden going 28th to the Broncos - I don't expect him to fall that far, but who knows? He could be a borderline first-round pick, or if a team ends up really liking him, he could be a heavy sleeper to be the first cornerback taken (I doubt it, but it's possible).
Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (DE/OLB, Florida State): Like Hayden, Carradine suffered a late season-ending injury in 2012 that forced scouts to look elsewhere for first-round prospects. Carradine's injury was of the ACL variety - the type of injury no NFL prospect wants anything to do with. Despite the devastating injury, Carradine was able to work out for scouts just a few days ago, and was very impressive. He got his 6'4'', 276 pound frame moving to the tune of a 4.75 forty-yard dash, forcing all scouts to take notice of this player who once instilled fear in his SEC foes.
Kiper doesn't even have Carradine in the first round, but I've heard that if the Dolphins can't trade out of their current position, they'll give Tank some serious consideration at 12th overall. The Saints (15th), Giants (19th), and Vikings (23rd and 25th) have also been linked to Carradine. He could end up going to any one of those teams, or could end up falling out of the first round completely.
It's always difficult to predict where a player will be selected, but these five are amongst the toughest to prophesy. There are plenty of others who are tough to predict in the first round as well, such as Cordarrelle Patterson (WR, Tennessee), Eddie Lacy (RB, Alabama), Xavier Rhodes (CB, Florida State), Arthur Brown (LB, Kansas State), and as I said before, all of the quarterbacks.