2018 NFL Mock Draft 6-29-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Liverpool CEO Has Funny Response to Aubmeyang Transfer Rumors

Liverpool Football Club CEO Peter Moore is quick with a joke on Twitter, and truly a fun follow on the micro-blogging platform. He even mixes it up with the trolls and puts them in their place when chooses to engage with the haters. As it’s the summer silly season, some transfer rumors out there are potentially a bit far-fetched.

Others are very legitimate of course, but when it comes to the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang narrative, we just don’t really know yet. There could be some fire there, but maybe it’s just smoke.

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Marcus Rashford Poses for a Photo with the Legendary Ronaldinho

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Young Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is trending news today in the footballer world after he posed for a photo with the legendary Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian icon posted a pic of the duo together on his official Instagram account. Here is that IG post embedded below, with a caption, translated from Portuguese, reading: “Marcus Rashford has a lot of football, besides being a humble young man and a good person.”

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Manchester United Transfer News: Alvaro Morata, Ethan Galbraith

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Alvaro Morata to Manchester United has been one of the most consistently pervasive transfer rumor narratives this summer.

We’ve seen plenty of reports indicating that this deal was on the verge of closure, and the Real Madrid striker himself has dropped some hints on his social media accounts that he might be on the move quite soon.

However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made remarks today indicating his club is actually not in negotiations over Alvaro Morata. He did however maintain his awareness that his representatives could be in talks.

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Anthony Martial Publicly Shoots Down Arsenal Transfer Rumors

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial took to Twitter to publicly dispute transfer rumor stories linking him with a move to Arsenal. This doesn’t happen all too often in the football world, a player specifically calling out transfer gossip as “fake news,” so when it actually actually does occur, you can tell a chord has truly been struck.

Anthony Martial wrote “The rumors are false,” in French, his native tongue, along with a red emoji to symbolize his loyalty to Manchester United Football Club.

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Chicago Fire Mentality is “Why Not Us?” Says Dax McCarty

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Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty wore the captain’s armband Saturday night as his side thrashed Orlando City SC 4-0 in front of a sell-out crowd at Toyota Park. After the game, he showcased how and why he’s earned the captaincy by articulating this message of leadership to the media.

He explained the current zeitgeist within the Chicago Fire locker room.

“The mentality is certainly now let’s not just make the playoffs, because that’s not good enough,” McCarty told reporters.

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Northwestern Football Have Perfect New Slogan, Should Ditch the Old One

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Northwestern football rolled out their new marketing campaign for the upcoming season and this time they got it almost perfect. The new slogan #HOMEGROWN is just right and perfectly suitable for Northwestern football, men’s basketball and the athletic programs in general.

It refers to Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald (Orland Park, Carl Sandburg high school), hoops coach Chris Collins (Northbrook, Glenbrook North high school) and Athletic Director Dr. Jim Phillips (northwest side/Portage Park neighborhood, University of Illinois) all having Chicagoland roots.

The rollout is perfect…almost. All that needs to be done is a phasing out of the old slogan “Chicago’s B1G Ten Team.”

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Liverpool Continue Pursuit of Arsenal Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Arsenal FC and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seem to be at an impasse regarding a potential contract extension. With just one year left on his deal, Oxlade-Chamberlain is apparently on the trading block, and there’s a flurry of transfer rumor stories linking him to Liverpool circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world.

This isn’t the first time. The Ox was also linked to Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool in April of last year, while two more rival English clubs, Southampton and Manchester City, were also both reportedly keen on him at that time.

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Liverpool FC CEO Peter Moore Humorously Handles Twitter Trolls

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A Chief Executive Officer who conveys a genuinely funny sense of humor when speaking in public? Go on. A titan of industry who offers more than coporatespeak and press release style statements on his Twitter account? We’re in- tell us more!

Liverpool Football Club CEO Peter Moore is exactly that as he’s quick with a joke on the micro-blogging platform.

The former Electronic Arts Executive, who also spent time at Microsoft, Sega and Reebok, Tweeted this quip on the day that Liverpool FC broke their all time transfer record to acquire Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool Will Reportedly Not Be Disciplined for Virgil van Dijk Pursuit

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According to both the Times of London and ESPN FC, Liverpool Football club will most likely not be punished for their pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool issued a statement of apology to the south coast club earlier this month, maintaining that they have now ended their interest in pursuing the central defender.

Liverpool, who have bought quite a few Saints players in recent transfer windows, were facing allegations of “tapping up,” but it appears now that this situation will not escalate any further. It seems that LFC’s public mea culpa was enough to diffuse this dispute between Premier League clubs.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Says United Should Aim to Win Champions League

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Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, Manchester United have just not been the same club. They have finished outside the Premier League top four in three of the last four seasons, and they haven’t really been in league title contention. They even suffered a trophy drought, not acquiring any between the 2012-13 league title and the 2015-16 FA Cup.

Nevertheless, United attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan believes his side should aim high, and the ambitions for UEFA Champions League this upcoming season should be nothing short of winning the whole tournament.

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Radja Nainggolan Fuels United, Chelsea Transfer Speculation with Instagram Post

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Today in “possibly reading too much into a footballer’s social media post” news, we have an Instagram offering from Radja Nainggolan. The AS Roma midfielder has been linked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan this summer, with United being the rumor that’s garnered the most momentum. There have been reports that Old Trafford are willing to spend £40 million in order to acquire his signature.

Calciomercato claimed that “Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan are eagerly awaiting Roma’s final decision as they consider making offers for the Belgium international.”

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