2017 NFL mock draft 10-13-16


In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on a hybrid of three facets: the latest Chicago Tribune NFL power rankings, the current NFL standings and our speculation of how the league will play itself out during the remaining three quarters of the season the post-season.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation.

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.

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Jay Cutler Exiting Chicago? Signs Point that Direction


There’s a saying in the National Football League- “new regimes mean new quarterbacks.” The phrase applies to new head coaches or new general managers; and sometimes when you get a combo platter at those positions. We’re in year two of the General Manager Ryan Pace/Head Coach John Fox era for the Chicago Bears.

Pace/Fox didn’t get to bring in their own signal caller when they took over because there was still a ton of money owed to Jay Cutler at the time.

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Lovie Smith CHEWS OUT Illini Reporter over Penalties Query

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These are the kinds of things that happen when a season is lost.
Or when you inexplicably lose at home, as ten point favorites, to Purdue, the laughing stock of the Big Ten. Or both at the same time. Tensions mount and fingers get pointed. We’re about halfway through the debut season of Lovie Smith, and thus far, it’s been a bit disastrous.

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Lovie Smith, Dwyane Wade Encourage Athlete Social Activism

Former Bears, Illini Coach Ron Turner FIRED by FIU


In The Great Gatsby, narrator Nick Carraway describes the main character, Jay Gatbsy, early on in the story as possessing “a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.”

Sub “romantic readiness” for “obsession with full back screen passes” and you have football coach Ron Turner.

Make that now on-the-market football coach Ron Turner.

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Social Media DESTROYS Jay Cutler; Best Tweets Collection


As we write this, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is the number one trending term on Twitter right now.

That’s not a good thing. (Bears is number two by the way) He left his team’s home opener with a right hand injury, but until after he tossed this ridiculously bad interception that is getting the name Jay Cutler absolutely roasted right now on social media.

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Peanut Tillman Inspiring Illini Defense to Force Takeaways


Illini football Coach Lovie Smith has repeatedly emphasized what he feels is the most important aspect of defense is- forcing turnovers, converting them into points. When he head coach of the Chicago Bears, Smith’s defenses led the NFL in takeaways twice. During his nine year regime, the Bears finished in the NFL’s top eight in turnovers recovered seven times.

Smith has the perfect role model to instill this philosophy in the Illinois Fighting IlliniCharles Peanut Tillman.

In his first game as Illini head coach, Illinois took it away on the very first two defensive drives. They went on to beat lowly FCS foe Murray State handily.

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Twitter Hash Tags for All 32 NFL Teams #NFLGameDay #NFLKickoff


Here it is; the primary and secondary social media hash tags for all 32 NFL teams. Happy NFL kickoff. This comes to us via a social engagement company called Postano, You have the official hash tag for each NFL team, as well as the most used hash tag for each NFL team.


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2016 Illini Football Season Preview, Predictions


“There is nothing like…the opening weekend of a football season.” Illini football head coach Lovie Smith said at Illinois Media Day. He’s absolutely, one million percent correct. The first game of week of Lovie’s inaugural season is finally here. Are you giddy yet?

From Lovie Smith to Defensive Coordinator Hardy Nickerson, one of the NFL’s best linebackers in the 1990s, to his son the new mike linebacker, to the defensive line being the strength of the team to defensive end Dawuane Smoot being the most talented player on the team, Illinois has something it’s sorely lacked for a long time- an identity.

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Chicago Bears Past Makes Presence at First Lovie Smith Illini Media Day

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“Past is prologue,” Shakespeare once said.

To see where you’re going, you have to first know from whence you came. This was a significant theme at 2016 Illini football Media Day; the very first of the Lovie Smith era. Yes, there was plenty of talk about Illinois football depth charts, recruiting, position battles, strengths, weaknesses and all the other topics that you usually find at every team’s preseason media day.

Lots of industry standard discussion during this session, but what made today’s press conference unique were all the allusions to Lovie’s Chicago Bears past. We cover some of the more interesting news and notes, nuggets and tidbits from Smith’s Media press conference below.

Also you can watch the video in full if you so desire:

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Pokemon Go the Future of Gaming, Says Former Bears DL Idonije

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Israel Idonije played in the NFL for over a decade with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and most notable, the Chicago Bears. In our hearts and minds he’ll always be a Chicago Bears. This past weekend Idonije made a guest appearance at the Indican Pictures Comic-Con booth to promote his comic book ‘The Protectors’.

The idea was something Idonije came up with a few years back, which has garnered the attention of many major athletes, all of whom dream of being featured in the innovative comic book, which combines the two idols of children worldwide, superheroes and sports.

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Charles Tillman has Advice for Deiondre’ Hall (Exclusive)


Chicago Bears fourth-round pick (No. 127 overall) Deiondre’ Hall, a 6’2” 200-pound defensive back from Northern Iowa, has been drawing some Charles Tillman comparisons. In fact, there’s been a couple “Is Deiondre’ Hall the next Charles Tillman?” articles published in 2016.

It’s easy to see why. The two cornerbacks are similar in size and skill sets, both drafted by the Bears out of mid-major schools. The bar is very high for Hall though, as Tillman is a two time Pro Bowler, and earned first team all pro honors in 2012.

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