2017 NFL mock draft 5-20-16

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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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Illini Football: 2016 NFL Draft Return a Future Springboard?

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In 2016 Lovie Smith takes over an Illini football program that recently had a really good reputation as a NFL vocational development school. Then Mike Thomas came along; and hired Tim Beckman. For two years the NFL Draft then became an Illini football free zone. Illinois excelled in winning draft night up until 2014, as the program was then shut out in 2015 and 2016.

The Illini were among the best, if not the best in the Big Ten when it came to being a NFL Draft factory, which we covered in more detail here.

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Cincinnati Bengals 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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Cincinnati Bengals 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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2016 NFL mock draft 12-8-15

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This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”

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Bengals DB Dre Kirkpatrick has the WORST. Publicist. Ever!

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and former Alabama Crimson Tide star Dre Kirkpatrick really should consider getting a new publicist. Usually, picking on people this incompetent at their jobs is too much of a low hanging fruit, but lots of journalists received this horrifyingly bad pitch, and I don’t know if any of them called out its horribleness.

I’m certainly not one of those right-wing nuts who worships the idea of Social Darwinism, but I do believe America needs a healthy amount of it. If you suck that terribly at what you do, someone needs to tell you that you truly suck.

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Former Bengals QB Jeff Blake: “everyone intentionally deflates footballs”

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Want more evidence that “deflategate” is the biggest non-story ever? How it’s all a media-driven “scandal” that no one, and I mean no one, should ever care about? How all of this nonsense this week was nothing but over-blown media hype?

We now turn to former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake.

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Cincinnati Bengals HILARIOUSLY RIPPED by Jim Rome

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The Cincinnati Bengals made everyone believe in them; finally. They were “for real” a couple weeks ago. Then the New England Patriots disaster happened. And now they’re the Bungles again. As of now, they’re headed to overtime versus a pretty good Carolina Panthers team, so we’ll see how this all plays out.  But the Bengals and their ginger quarterback were a punchline on all networks this Sunday morning.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ohio St. legend Archie Griffin talks Cincy Bengals

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You know how high we are in the Cincinnati Bengals here at this site. Cincy is looking really impressive thus far and we had an exclusive with a former Bengals running back, Archie Griffin, to talk about it. Griffin is an Ohio State Buckeyes legend, and the only man to ever win two Heisman trophies.

I caught up to him Wednesday night at the Hilton Tower in Chicago. Archie was the featured speaker as the Anti Defamation League presented Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with a lifetime achievement award.

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Cincinnati Bengals continue to be very un Bengals like

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The Cincinnati Bengals and their much maligned ginger starting quarterback look to start 4-0 for the first time since 2005 when they travel to Foxborough, Mass., to face a reeling Tom Brady and a downward spiraling New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football on NBC. As we chronicled earlier this season, the Bengals have established themselves as a new favorite to win the AFC East. I was even ahead of the curve, albeit wrong, when I picked them to win the AFC last year. Perhaps this the year that the Bengals show us that they are not your older brother’s Bengals.

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Cincinnati Bengals: your new Super Bowl favorite

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It seems early to already be down to just one undefeated team in the AFC, but the Bengals are playing like they could maintain that storyline well into November.

They’re led by a defense who is hungry for more. Aside from the Ravens making a game of it late during the fourth quarter, the Bengals have been almost untouchable. That defense is suffocating opposing quarterbacks and running attacks; while the offense continues to play simple, efficient football.

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Your 2014 Cincinnati Bengals season preview

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The Cincinnati Bengals were my pick to win the AFC last year, and to their credit, they did make me look good for awhile. Unfortunately, they lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that they reached the postseason for the third year in a row. And they look very likely to make it four. This franchise is not the punchline that they used to be. Cincinnati has truly turned the corner. To finally make it back to the Super Bowl, and win it (third time the charm?) they’ll need Andy Dalton to not be Andy Dalton. Even though they just gave him an INSANE 6 yea, $115 million deal.

So apparently, they believe in him.

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AJ McCarron falls to round 5, best of #BeforeMcCarronIsDrafted

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So I guess AJ McCarron made a really poor impression on NFL scouts and front office people. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that AJ McCarron, who quarterbacked Alabama to a pair of national titles, rubbed teams “the wrong way” when he met with them heading into the draft. It’s not the first time that we’ve heard things along these lines about AJ McCarron.

NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported that McCarron’s repeated claims that he’d been told by teams that he would be a first-round pick didn’t sit well with some talent evaluators around the league. McCarron said last month that he expected to go as high as the 16th pick no lower than the 35th pick.

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