2017 NFL mock draft 6-20-16


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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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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Has Lane Kiffin restored his tarnished reputation?


Lane Kiffin polarizes.

Period. Point Blank.

The internet obviously has a creepy obsession with his wife Layla Kiffin, but we’ve already discussed that enough in posts prior. Layla Kiffin is SEO gold and Lane Kiffin is probably SEO silver because calling him a polarizing figure is an understatement.

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Chip Kelly wants to stay in the NFL, not return to college


Sorry Thornton Mellon (Rodney Dangerfield), but Chip Kelly is not interested in going “Back to School.” He’s apparently graduated beyond a return to the “amateur” ranks and wants to stay at the pro level. To do that, he’ll no doubt have to adopt a more decentralized power structure within his next regime.

Kelly was about as right-wing as a pharaoh in Philly, and he’ll have to be more democratic in his next gig.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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Poinsettia Bowl Preview, Prediction: NIU Huskies vs Boise St

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The Poinsettia Bowl might be the first bowl in the cycle that’s truly worth watching (at least on paper). Of course, “The Holy War,” featuring hated in-state rivals BYU and Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl was pretty cool; especially the unintentional comedy of placing a lot of Mormons in Las Vegas! Cue the Ned Flanders in Sin City episode of The Simpsons.

However, that bowl is too local, just like Arizona versus New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl was way too regional.

The Poinsettia Bowl, matching the NIU Huskies versus the Boise St Broncos, thus begins the cycle of entertaining/meaningful bowls.


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2016 NFL mock draft 12-8-15


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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College Football Bowl Games: actual origin story


The following college football news story began during a casual conversation with a friend, and culminated with an official press release from the Sugar Bowl. It’s something to keep in mind upon viewing bowl projections and hearing rumors about where your team is going for the holidays. This story is the reason most of the projections and rumors end up being wrong.

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P.J. Fleck will be a hot commodity next coaching carousel


Western Michigan Coach P.J. Fleck finally got his signature win this holiday weekend as he knocked off nationally ranked Toledo. Entering the contest, Fleck had not been on fleek versus the MAC’s big three. P.J. Fleck was 1-6 combined versus NIU, Toledo and Bowling Green.

This was his first signature win, and it did a solid for Fleck’s alma mater- NIU. The Broncos upset of Toledo gave the Huskies the backdoor into the MAC Title Game in Detroit Friday night. It also added some steak to the P.J. Fleck Coaching stock sizzle.

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Pat Fitzgerald calls out Playoff Committee, Stanford ranking


It certainly bothers Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald that Stanford, a team NU beat 16-6 in the season opener, is ranked so much higher than his team is in the latest College Football Playoff ranking. To his point, NU did dominate that game, in a fashion that is not truly conveyed but the 16-6 final score. Both Stanford and NU are two loss teams so I would say that Fitzgerald is on fleek with this argument.

“I don’t know who’s watching, (but there’s) a team ranked X spots ahead of us who we beat, I don’t get it,” Pat Fitzgerald said about the College Football Playoff Committee rankings.

“Maybe they’ll get it right,” he said obviously referring to Stanford, but not using the name Stanford, who at #9, are ranked 7 spots ahead of Northwestern, who are #16 in the latest set of rankings.

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Chip Kelly to USC would make a lot of sense


Chip Kelly has been to Disneyland. It’s part of the itinerary for the Rose Bowl. Kelly has won a couple of those. Maybe Kelly is just in the Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier mold. His methods and tactics are ingenious in college, but easy to solve in the pros. When you lose 45-7 to the LOLions, and your seat was warming already to begin with…well, we can see where this might be headed.

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Bret Bielema’s wife, Jen Bielema, inspires CFB QOTY


The wife of Bret Bielema, Jen Bielema, whose maiden name is Jennifer Hielsberg, inspired the quote of the year this college football season. Following his game on November 14th, the Arkansas Razorbacks Coach said in his post game press conference that he was excited about “hopping on his wife,” before correcting the Freudian slip, to what he really mean to say:

“hop on a plane with my wife.”

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