In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order at the regular season. We sorted the playoff teams based on how we’re predicting the NFL playoffs will shape out. The NFL breaks ties in draft order by reverse order of strength of schedule. Thus we don’t know for sure who will be picking #14 and #15 between Indianapolis and Minnesota’s pick (which is owned by Philadelphia), as the NFL has not confirmed the order officially.Follow paulmbanks
In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.
Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.Follow paulmbanks
Editor’s note: this feature on Josh Booty and LSU quarterbacks is by guest contributor Crissy Froyd
Over the years, LSU has produced some incredible athletes who have achieved exceptional NFL careers.
However, there’s one particular position the Tigers have always struggled with- quarterback. After all, it’s been 43 years since Bert Jones, the last LSU QB to truly have a successful career in the NFL, was drafted into the league in 1973.Follow paulmbanks
Remember when Drew Bledsoe got “Bledsoed” by Tom Brady back in 2001? Then he got Bledsoed again several years later by Tony Romo? You might remember when Romo himself then got Bledsoed, or now we can say Romoed; because it just happened.
While injured, Romo lost his starting gig to Dak Prescott, who’s an early front-runner for the NFL MVP award. Prescott has led the Dallas Cowboys to a 9-1 record, placing them a peg or two above a National Football League that is mostly overflowing with mediocrity.
It’s Prescott’s team now, which means Romo needs to move on in 2017.Follow paulmbanks
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.
On July 14th, Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, colloquially known as RG3, appeared at a fundraising event in Chicago. RG3 attended a celebrity bowling event benefiting Charles “Peanut” Tillman’s Cornerstone Foundation. However, Griffin did not do any media opportunities that evening.
That night, sources told The Sports Bank that RG3 was in the process of getting divorced from his wife Rebecca Liddicoat. Sources told TSB that evening how Griffin was separated from his wife and in the midst of the divorce process.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
Charles Tillman spoke to The Sports Bank on Friday, and during our conversation he revealed the guest list of celebrity athletes appearing at the fourth annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament. He also spoke about which NFL team is the one that he desires to play for in 2016, which you can read about at this link.
The list of famous names appearing at Kings Bowl for the July 14th event includes:Follow paulmbanks
The ESPN Films 30 for 30 series is like eating pizza or having sex- it’s very difficult to get it wrong. Most of the time, the experience is very enjoyable. That said “Believeland,” the latest 30 for 30 entry, is a very solid entertaining viewing experience, and I’d rather watch Believeland again than just about anything else on television, but…..
…it falls a bit short by 30 for 30’s lofty standards, and it does so because it adheres way too strongly to the corporate culture and ethos of ESPN.Follow paulmbanks
Editor’s note: this Johnny Manziel feature article is by guest contributor Crissy Froyd
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was recently indicted on Class A misdemeanor charges. Ever since he began his NFL career, Manziel has been a victim of the media sensationalism, as all of mistakes have been magnified. If many of us were put to the same scrutiny that Manziel experiences, we might likely find ourselves in similar situations.
Countless athletes are just as “bad” as, or perhaps even “worse” than Manziel, but they simply do not find themselves brought forth into the limelight by the media. Therefore, their lifestyles are never exposed and criticized like Manziel’s is.Follow paulmbanks
By this week, all the soundbites for every NFL draft prospect now run together into an indecipherable word salad. Actually, it all becomes gobbedly-gook well before this week, due to the over-usage of cliches. All the Draftniks do it:
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Jon Gruden most of all. Gruden speaks with a much higher buzz word/NFL draft catch-phrase per sentence percentage than anyone. If I sat down and watched Gruden’s “QB Camp” show again, this list would be four times as long.Follow paulmbanks