2017 NFL Mock Draft 3-23-17


Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update.

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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Spike Albrecht: Purdue Boilermakers Veteran Leader and Top Soundbite

Purdue Boilermakers reserve guard Spike Albrecht may be playing his final collegiate basketball game tonight. Or his story could continue to the sweet sixteen and beyond; quite possibly to Phoenix for the Final Four and beyond. No matter where and when it finishes, it’s been a joy to watch Albecht and he’s been a part of what makes B1G hoops great.

He’s a great soundbite and a very personable sort.

Spike Albrecht first burst on to the national scene when he was with the Michigan Wolverines in 2013.

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FULL LIST: NCAA Tournament First Round Tip Times, Announcers, Channel Assignments

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Full listing of channel assignments, tip off times and announcer pairings for the entire first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy!

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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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Notre Dame Football: NFL Draft Stock Updates on Four Guys not Named Kizer

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The NFL Scouting Combine commences this week, and the event nicknamed the “shirts and shorts Olympics” is of great interest to Notre Dame football fans everywhere. There’s obviously the speculation surrounding quarterback DeShone Kizer, who might really be the first QB off the boards (we cover him in detail at this link). 

In addition to Kizer, Defensive linemen Jarron Jones and Isaac Rochell, along with running back Tarean Folston and linebacker James Onwualu are in the NFL Draft conversation. 

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DeShone Kizer “Blew the Doors Off” Combine Interview Says 49ers GM

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San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch said yesterday that DeShone Kizer “blew the doors off” his interview at the NFL Scouting Combine. That was totally expected by anybody who has ever interviewed him. During postgame media availability at his final home game, Kizer answered one of our questions by saying that he’s a proud intellectual.

That’s really saying something, and we must applaud him for it, especially given the current backlash against intelligence, expertise and just even basic facts in our country right now.

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Chelsea Forward Michy Batshuyai Drawing West Ham, Swansea City Loan Interest


One of Chelsea‘s two main summer signings, Michy Batshuayi, has not been a major part of the plot this season. Batshuayi scored 26 goals in 62 games for Ligue 1 side Marseille last season, but he’s not playing much at all for Stamford Bridge. Stuck beyond a very much in form Diego Costa.

He’s yet to start a single league game for the Blues in 2016-17, and could be moving on to Swansea City on loan.

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12 Potential Chicago College Football Bowl Game Names


With the idea of bringing a college football bowl game to Chicago gathering steam, we penned an op-ed on this idea for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read it in full over at this link, and we excerpted part of the introduction below:

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Pitt RB James Conner is the Most Inspirational 2017 NFL Draft Prospect


You can heat your home from the takes we heard on LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey this past bowl cycle. However, Pittsburgh‘s James Conner is a stellar running back pro prospect who flew under the radar in this past news cycle.

Conner made up his mind to declare for the draft after the regular season ended and before he suiting up and played in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.

“James Conner, he is a legacy player at Pitt,” says Head Coach Pat Narduzzi after the bowl game, Conner’s final collegiate game. “He’s been an inspiration to everybody. He’s going to have a heckuva NFL career, I’ll tell you that.”

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Brent Musburger on Joe Mixon Five Days BEFORE the Sugar Bowl

Legendary, and often controversial broadcaster Brent Musburger is in very hot water today, and deservedly so. During last night’s Sugar Bowl, he made comments about woman beater and Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon that were very tone deaf and extremely insensitive.

After being alerted to how poorly those comments were received by the general public, Musburger tried to walk back his earlier commentary, but again failed. His explanation went over like a lead balloon.

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#15 Western Michigan Football Preview: Cotton Bowl vs #8 Wisconsin


Cotton Bowl SPREAD: Western Michigan football  +8 1/2

Cotton Bowl Kickoff: January 2nd Noon Central

ESPN TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

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#5 Penn State Football Preview: Rose Bowl vs #9 USC Trojans


In a big time bowl game, but you couldn’t ask for more of a contrast in culture than you’ll get between these two institutions.

#9 USC and #5 Penn State football bring two fan bases that are about as different as night and day, but equal in their determination  to see their heroes triumph in “the grand daddy of them all,” the 103rd Rose Bowl. 

It’s an edition that will be very fun to watch too.

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