2017 NFL mock draft 12-7-16

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In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of Monday morning November 28th, 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.

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J.J., Derek and T.J. Watt: Wisconsin Football Surpass Duke Hoops’ Plumlees

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Why Do LSU Quarterbacks Fail in the NFL? Josh Booty Explains

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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.

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Lane Kiffin Reportedly Done at Alabama; Houston or LSU Next

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Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will coach his final game with the Crimson Tide tomorrow, according to, well the entire sports media world. Kiffin has emerged as a serious candidate for the Houston Cougars Head Coaching job, numerous sources told numerous outlets.

Lane Kiffin faces stiff competition though for the head coaching vacancy that opened up when Tom Herman left to take the Texas Longhorns job.

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Michigan and Ohio’s Toledo War of 1835, and the Frostbitten Convention

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This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention.

This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called. The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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#3 Michigan Football: The Game Preview vs #2 Ohio St. Buckeyes

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“You’re a terrorist if you’re not excited about this game,” a friend told me as #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State on November 18th, 2006 approached.

I was in fact excited about the game, in which both teams entered undefeated, I was just mocking the EXTREME HYPE that the media was creating for it. (I know the media over-hyping something?! Who knew, right?!) “The Game,” in Columbus like this year’s meeting will be, was actually extremely exciting and very entertaining. The Buckeyes won it 42-39, the day after Bo Schembechler died.

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Source: Miami QB Brad Kaaya Likely Returning to School, Not Entering NFL Draft

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Miami Hurricanes Quarterback Brad Kaaya will likely be returning to school next season a source close to the program said.

Kaaya, a three year starter who is often mentioned as one of the few elite QB prospects in the draft class, has one more year of collegiate eligibility remaining.

Kaaya has until January 16th to make his decision, and he is strongly leaning towards returning to Coral Gables, a trusted source with very close ties to the Canes told The Sports Bank.

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Virginia Tech Football: Likely ACC Title Game Berth Despite Maddening Inconsistency

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Until today, the Virginia Tech football program was the second winningest nationwide never to have played Notre Dame. Regardless of the result, history was to be made. Rallying from a massive 24-7 first half deficit, the Va Tech Hokies won a very spirited road contest 34-31 at Notre Dame Stadium to end the Fighting Irish postseason hopes.

Before the game, the Virginia Tech football team, along with Coach Justin Fuente, made it clear that their trip to South Bend would be all business, and this weekend’s visit was not going to focus on sightseeing at one of college football’s most sacred grounds.

After the game, Fuente did articulate how special it was to win in such a storied atmosphere.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview vs Virginia Tech Hokies

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Virginia is for lovers but Virginia Tech is for sacrifice at the altar of bowl hopes. Your Notre Dame football team must take this one, Senior Day in South Bend, and then the Golden Shillelagh game at USC in order to qualify for a bowl game. Good luck with that, as it’s a tall order. Va Tech have fallen out of both polls but the Trojans are #13 in one poll, #15 in the other.

I think the Fighting Irish can split the difference, but winning both is going to be a tough task.

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Western Michigan Football: America’s New Mid-Major Darling

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Are you ready for the new Boise St. or TCU? Behold the new football Gonzaga, the Broncos from Kalamazoo. Your Western Michigan football program is hosting ESPN College Gameday the day after tomorrow, like none of us could have predicted. Get ready for some red hot MACtion.

WMU are one of just two undefeateds left in college football with Alabama being the other. As we predicted, they should likely still have a perfect record when they host 9-2 Toledo on Black Friday night.

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Notre Dame Football: Photos of Today’s Shamrock Series Uniforms

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The University of Notre Dame football program unveiled the uniforms for this year’s Shamrock Series game. This contest is Notre Dame’s sixth annual Shamrock Series event, an off-campus home game which will be have played versus November 12th in San Antonio.

The previous Shamrock Series events were played in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis and Dallas.

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NIU Football at White Sox Park: How it all Turned Out

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Whether it’s Comiskey Park or U.S. Cellular Field or Guaranteed Rate Field, the song title changes, but the melody remains the same. It was college football not Major League baseball at Sox Park tonight, but it didn’t help ticket sales. This was the very first event, a NIU football game versus MAC conference rival Toledo, held under the new name Guaranteed Rate Field, but attendance was just as poor as it usually is for White Sox home games.

It was a very entertaining and exciting contest, in which NIU led an overwhelming majority, but went on to lose 31-24.

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