2018 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17


Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft, version 1.0! 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 and it’s just too early. You can check out our 2017 NFL mock draft at this link, but bear in mind that our mock projections were not taking into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft either.

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Mark Smith a Huge Get for Illini Basketball, but Who Will Play Up Front?

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Last night, Mark Smith officially became the first state of Illinois prep Mr. Basketball to join Illini basketball since 2010 (Jereme Richmond). Let’s hope for the sake of everyone involved that Smith’s career, and life after college basketball, works out better than Richmond’s did.

Mark Smith is a four-star prospect is now ranked No. 52 by Rivals, No. 74 by 247 Sports Composite and No. 76 by Scout in the top 100 for the Class of 2017. He’s a 6-4 guard from Edwardsville who recorded a career-high 45 points in a sectional final win over Ottawa on March 10.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition


Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update….and we’ve already updated our 2018 NFL mock draft twice!

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NBA mock draft, (NBA round two), 2017 MLB mock draft and 2017 NHL mock draft coming soon.

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Chelsea FC Winger Willian Being Recruited By Jose Mourinho Again


Jose Mourinho wanted to bring Brazilian star Willian with him to Old Trafford this past summer, but the winger felt content to stay with Chelsea. That we learned back in February. Obviously, the Portugese was quite impressed with him during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Willian told Globo Esporte (via Goal) on February 10th: “There were enquiries, yes. It was from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too.

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Jose Mourinho Talks Top Four Prospects of Manchester Clubs Ahead of Derby (Video)


It’s a pretty big Manchester Derby tomorrow night as both clubs are looking to nail down one of the last available slots in the top four. Given that both Manchester clubs have huge player wage bills this season, and yet still find themselves out of the league title race, they least that they can do is finish in the top four, and qualify for UEFA Champions League.

That minimum standard must be met.

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Jose Mourinho on Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “he will not give up, he will fight”

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media a few hours ago and although the session is very short, it is action packed with a ton of information. Mourinho was put on the spot about a multitude of topics including the health and future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and here’s what he had to say:

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Predicted Man United Starting XI for the Manchester Derby


It’s a ginormous Manchester Derby tomorrow night, and there’s a lot of ground to cover so let’s just dive right in. Obviously, Paul Pogba is the headliner among the big names who will be missing for the Red Devils, but there were a few other players with fitness updates revealed by Manager Jose Mourinho at his press conference a few hours ago (watch that here).

For the full MUFC injury report go here.

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Man United Injury Report: Pogba, Valencia, Smalling, Mata, Herrera, Jones, Ibrahimovic


It’s a huge Manchester Derby tomorrow night, and there’s a ton of news to cover so let’s just dive right in and take a look at who will be on, and who will be missing from the Manchester United team sheet at The Etihad. Obviously, Pogba is the headliner, but there were a few other players with fitness updates revealed by Manager Jose Mourinho at his press conference a few hours ago (watch that here).

Ander Herrera faces a late fitness test but he’s overcome his ankle knock, and he’s in. Paul Pogba is out. Antonio Valencia is ready to go.

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Manchester City Not Interested in Dele Alli, Says Pep Guardiola

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UPDATE: Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has refuted the claims that his club is trying to sign Dele Alli.

“Mauricio Pochettino has to stay calm. Dele Alli will be his player next season, I am pretty sure about that. We don’t want him,” Guardiola said.

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ESPN Cuts: Eight Harsh Lessons Learned About the Sports Media Industry


“As Maine goes, so goes the nation” is a phrase that was once relevant and accurate in United States politics. Obviously, Ohio and Florida have replaced Maine’s role today, but for the sports media industry, ESPN is the bellwether.

Thus, the ESPN cuts announced this morning are the top trending story on Twitter, and we should all expect that topic to remain in the penthouse perch for the rest of the day. Here is a link to more details on the ESPN cuts and some of the better Twitter reactions to it.

There’s a lot to unpack today pertaining to the layoffs, so let’s dive right into our list of eight principles here which also apply to the sports media industry at large.

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ESPN Layoffs: Collection of Some of the Best Twitter Reactions


It’s Black Wednesday at ESPN.

While the total carnage from the ESPN layoffs is estimated to be about 100 jobs lost in total, the effects of these cuts loom much larger. That’s because the positions being eliminated aren’t those of obscure, but extremely vital behind-the-scenes people. It’s the faces that we all know very well.

Many prominent on-air talent people were let go today, as were some of the network’s veteran reporters. Not just the cliche “insiders,” but the actual legitimate journalists.

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Antonio Valencia Expected to Give United a Fitness Boost for Manchester Derby

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Right back Antonio Valencia is expected to return for Manchester United Thursday night in the Manchester Derby. He missed Sunday’s win at Burnley, after having played 120 minutes in the Europa League win over Anderlecht. Valencia gave an injury update on his official Instagram account, posting a video of himself weightlifting (with Black Eyed Peas playing the background) and writing:

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