2017 NFL mock draft 8-26-16


A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still 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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Jim Harbaugh Likely Attending Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Won’t Pick Side

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On Saturday, Chelsea FC will take on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh will be there; probably.

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

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Notre Dame Football Unveils New Shamrock Series Uniforms


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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Former Padres Hostess, Pageant Winner Laura Rutledge Gets New Gig


ESPN just released the information on who who will be calling their college football broadcasts this upcoming season. Laura Rutledge will be on the sideline Thursday nights. It’s a position previously held by Jenn Brown, Erin Andrews and Kaylee Hartung.

Samantha Ponder, Allison Williams, Dawn Davenport and many, many others have served or currently serve in a similar role.  Play-by-play commentator Dave Flemming will move to Thursday nights and will call games alongside college football analyst Jesse Palmer in a two-man booth.


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Greg Schiano Denies Witnessing Sandusky Child Molestation


Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano denies that he witnessed a sexual molestation at Penn State in the 1990s.

Schiano, currently the Defensive Coordinator at Ohio State Tweeted this out today:

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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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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