2017 NFL mock draft 5-20-16


A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. 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 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Chicago Bears Draft 4th Round Running Back: Meet Jordan Howard


The Indiana Hoosiers are obviously a basketball school, not football. However, IU does have a very explosive offense and they’re quite apt at producing NFL talent at the offensive skill positions, especially at running back.

The Chicago Bears selected Indiana running back Jordan Howard in the fifth round (150th overall pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Along with Tevin Coleman, who was drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, this is the first time since 1990-92 (Anthony Thompson, Ernie Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar) Indiana running backs have been taken in consecutive drafts.

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Illini Football Coach Lovie Smith Praised by NFL Network Pundits


As Illinois Fighting Illini Football Coach Lovie Smith sells the program to recruits, his NFL pedigree will be a persistent theme. (We covered this in depth for RedEye on Thursday) Smith has been out of the college game for 21 years, but he takes over a program that had a really good reputation as a NFL vocational development school up until the last couple of years. Illini football excelled in winning draft night up until 2014, as the program was then shut out in 2015 and 2016.

 Fortunately for Lovie Smith, Illini football returned again to having a presence in the Draft this past weekend.

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Curtis Conway Nailed the Bears Leonard Floyd Pick on Wednesday

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NFL Network Analyst Curtis Conway will be the first to tell you that he’s not a big mock draft guy. He made one and just one this year. He makes them for the NFL.com website for fun, not for the achievement of being the most accurate.

However, he totally nailed the Chicago Bears selection of Georgia Linebacker Leonard Floyd the day before the draft.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL


Happy Draft Day!!!! This will be our penultimate 2016 NFL mock draft update, with the final version coming late this afternoon.  To get you ready for the draft, here’s a list of 40 NFL Draft buzzwords, catch-phrases and cliches that you’ll hear tonight, and all weekend, from the TV network draftniks.

“He can make all throws when you put him in space a hand in the round guy road grader space eater people mover who plays faster than his tape.”

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Experts Opine on What the Chicago Bears Will Do at #11


Happy Draft Day everyone! It’s the Christmas of the offseason for NFL fans everywhere. We’ve done our Chicago Bears NFL Draft mocksourcing already which you can check out here. Almost everybody has published their final NFL mock draft by this point and and you can check our offering here.

Bear in mind (pun intended) that we had a more accurate mock draft, with more picks correct than both Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper Jr. last year.

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Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing


Chicago Bears fans, Be sure to check out the Walter Football 2016 NFL Mock draft database, now with 262 mocks included. It’s the biggest and best mock database on the whole world wide web. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

Complementing our own mock, we choose a few select mocks that we know have a great track record of being accurate. We only included mocks done by draftniks that we’ve worked closely with enough to trust the integrity of their work.

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Lovie Smith Expects Former Bears Players to Visit in Champaign


When May arrives, football season temporarily goes back down the sports pecking order until late July when football talking season starts up again with authority. In the meantime, we have quasi-news items, or pseudo news items like this one below regarding Lovie Smith and Brian Urlacher.

Don’t you love April’s sort-of kind-of football season? Between the NFL Draft and spring college football practice, the sport returns to the top of our mental que for about a month after being pushed aside since early February.

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Kiper Analyzes Chicago Bears NFL Draft Team Needs


With football season long over with (well,pretty much) you can now look ahead to the draft Chicago Bears fans. With the #11 overall pick in the draft, I think you got to get the linebacker or offensive lineman. 

Like Curtis Conway told me at the NFL Network’s NFL Draft Media luncheon in Chicago last year:

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Chicago Bears Options in Drafting a Late Round Quarterback


Many Chicago Bears fans really want to see the team draft a new quarterback to replace Jay Cutler next month.

Many Chicago Bears fans really don’t know what they’re talking about. Yes, Cutler still makes plenty of mistakes, and when he does make them, he makes them big. However, he’s still way better than half the QB1s in this league and he’s just coming off his most efficient season ever.

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NFL Free Agency Winners: Bears, Lions, Chargers, Texans


2016 NFL free agency has been going strong now for close to two weeks, meaning a lot of teams have filled some of their needs. Obviously, there are some losers too in this free agent market but we’ll save that discussion for another time. This is a list of the winners.

There are still plenty of NFL free agency moves to come and we’ll be keeping tabs on that and updating. We’ve also had to shred our now old NFL mock draft and instead create an entirely new one now.

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White Sox Top Chicago Sports Uniform Power Rankings


“To the side of this White Sox hat,” Dr. Dre rapped in his signature song “Dre Day.”

With celebrity cred like the doctor, and the leader of the free world Barack Obama, the White Sox win the Chicago sports fashion contest. They helped outfit the music of the counter-culture, and their stable of celebrity fans blows every other Chicago team away.

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