2018 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft, version 1.0! Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account and it’s just too early. You can check out our 2017 NFL mock draft at this link, but bear in mind that our mock projections were not taking into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft either.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update….and we’ve already updated our 2018 NFL mock draft twice!

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 NBA mock draft, (NBA round two), 2017 MLB mock draft and 2017 NHL mock draft coming soon.

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DeShone Kizer Makes Boastful Remarks; Will it Hurt NFL Draft Stock?

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While the NFL Draft evaluation process has seen the stock of former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer plummet like the brand value of Pepsi, he still made the right call in coming out this year. The 2018 class of quarterbacks will be much stronger than the 2017, which is a bit weak. 

Also, given how ND’s season went, and the current direction and status of the Brian Kelly regime, Kizer really had no real reason to return to South Bend. It doesn’t seem like the 2017 Fighting Irish season was going to help the Toledo area native very much.

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Michigan Football Set to Challenge Ohio State’s NFL Draft Record

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Michigan football is sixth all time with 351 total NFL Draft selections. Only USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Nebraska have more. The Wolverines’ arch-rival, Ohio State, hold the record for total selections from one school in a single draft, 14, set in 2004.

Could this group of Michigan football players moving on to the pros come close to that mark? Maybe even tie it? I really didn’t even think it was possible until a reporter brought it up towards the end of Mike Mayock’s media conference call.

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Ohio State Football: the Kentucky Wildcats of the NFL Draft

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Ohio State football has become the Kentucky Wildcats of the gridiron– a class of 5-star prospects enter the program every year while another class of blue chips leaves school early for the professional ranks.

In both Lexington and Columbus, it’s “succeed and proceed,” “plug n play,” “rinse and repeat” each season.

The NBA allows “one and done,” but in football you need to be out of high school for at least three years. As a junior you can “three and flee,” or as a redshirt sophomore you’re eligible for a “two and tutelo.” As Stephen Colbert told John Calipari when he had him on his show, it must rhyme in order for it to be valid.

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Christian McCaffrey Projects as a Top 15 pick; Eagles, Colts, Panthers Likely Landing Spots

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Former Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey has been a hot topic since the 2015 college football season, when he became the Heisman Trophy runner-up.

Shortly before the NFL scouting combine, McCaffrey made it clear that he wanted to impress coaches at a multitude of positions.

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Notre Dame Quarterback DeShone Kizer Suffers Major NFL Draft Stock Slide

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It really is a shame what’s happened to former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, because he’s an individual that you truly want to root for. The Toledo area native was listed consistently among the top three in an overwhelming majority of NFL mock drafts all season long.

Looking at all the mocks this past fall and winter, and you would see the name DeShone Kizer as #1 or #2 overall, certainly top five at least, in almost every single one. However, once we entered the offseason and thus the NFL draft evaluative period, Kizer’s stock dropped like shares of United Airlines.

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Florida State Football Welcomes NIU Huskies for Orange Bowl Rematch

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Kudos to the NIU Huskies, who are truly embracing the spirit of “taking on all comers.” Next season (as the 2017 slate is already “this season,” making 2018 “next year”) Florida State football welcomes the MAC standard program to Tallahassee. It’s a rematch of the 2013 Orange Bowl, which was historical for several reasons.

It marked the first appearance by a Mid-American Conference school in a Bowl Championship Series game. It will also be the final appearance by a MAC school in the BCS, as that cartel is now extinct and replaced by the playoff system.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Mo Bamba, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan Target, has a Funny Story

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If Mo Bamba commits to the Kentucky Wildcats, and Bam Adebayo stays, what a front court UK would have, name wise. Or if he goes to Michigan, he could team up with Muhamad Ali Abdur-Rahkman.

Bamba might choose Duke over both of those schools, but as of now (McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day), Shaka Smart and Texas are supposedly leading the way in the race to sign him.

Of course, the Crystal Ball predictions tell a very different story.

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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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