2018 NFL Mock Draft 1-16-18

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft.

Order is from Tankathon, who we linked here. We then projected how we think each postseason team will finish out. If you have issue with the order, well then you have a lot of company. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were somewhat taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft, at least as much as we could at this point. It’s still very early for a 2018 mock draft right now, and team needs will not be fully accounted for until AFTER NFL free agency ends.

For the link to our NBA mock draft go here.

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Michigan State Basketball Rules the B1G, Purdue is Solid, the Rest is Meh

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This current Michigan State basketball team is the class of the B1G, and there is a substantial drop-off below the Spartans. The Purdue Boilermakers were able to shake off a couple bad performances in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving weekend, and now they look very solid.

Then, once again, there’s a massive drop-off to the rest of the league. It’s MSU, Purdue and then just a bunch of guys. Some of those guys are better than the others, but there is no squad that is must see other than the Purdue and Michigan State basketball teams.

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Five LSU Tigers NFL Draft Prospects to watch in the Citrus Bowl

Consistently one of the top college football powerhouses in the country every year, the LSU Tigers send several talented athletes to the NFL each April. The 2018 draft (full mock available at this link) looks to be no different, as a number of Louisiana State prospects are projected to be taken by an NFL team in the first three rounds.

Here’s a quick look at your top five LSU Tigers projected to go pro this spring. Keep an eye on them in the Citrus Bowl today versus Notre Dame (full game preview available at this link).

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#14 Notre Dame Football: Citrus Bowl Preview vs #17 LSU Tigers

It’s rematch time in Orlando as this season’s Citrus Bowl brings back the same match-up of the 2014 Music City Bowl. Notre Dame football fans recall that clash in Nashville, when the unranked Fighting Irish came in at 7-5 and 7.5 point underdogs and upset the Tigers 31-28

It was the coming out party for quarterback Malik Zaire who won both the game and the press conference that day, providing an excellent repartee to a reporter who asked the cliche “Rudy” question. #GeauxIrish a take-off of LSU’s signature #GeauxTigers battle cry was a trending hash tag that day, but to be more authentic Notre Dame football fans should have converted their text from French to Gaelic.

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Northwestern Football: Music City Bowl Preview vs Kentucky Wildcats

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For the Northwestern football fan griping about landing in the Music City Bowl, instead of in a so-called “better” bowl game, there’s a much you need edification on. While I do agree with you on a whole lot of points, and admit a strong case for your argument exists, there are still some things you need to be schooled on. 

You have come to the right place, because school is now in session. 

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#16 Michigan State Football: Holiday Bowl Preview vs #18 Washington State

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There is nothing Michigan State football fans love more than to get one up on Michigan, and right up there, just below that is griping about when the Wolverines undeservedly get one up on them. Hence the HILARIOUS meme below.

Of course, the Holiday Bowl is actually a better game than the Outback, and San Diego is a much, MUCH better city than Tampa Bay.

Not to mention the Spartans got matched with a superior opponent than the Wolverines did as well. Hey, the bowl selection process is a whole lot of things, but a meritocracy has never been one of them.

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Illini Football Could Remain at Kansas Jayhawks Level Depths for Awhile

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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: Illini football is Kansas Jayhawks level bad; plain and simple.

There’s no reason or rationale for euphemisms or spin anymore, these two programs are mirror images of each other, and they have now “established” themselves as the two worst bottom feeders of the power five conferences.

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NIU Football: Quick Lane Bowl Preview vs Duke Blue Devils

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NIU football is quite familiar with the city of Detroit and Ford Field as the Huskies played in six consecutive MAC Championship games in the home of the Detroit Lions, from 2010-15, winning three of those.

This will be the fourth edition of the Quick Lane Bowl, which is owned, hosted and operated by the Lions. You know this game, in existence since 2002, by its previous names, the Pizza Bowl and the Motor City Bowl. Even after all this time, it still seems surreal that Detroit hosts a bowl game every year.

Not to mention the fact that the both the Final Four and the Super Bowl (twice!) have been there. It all reminds us of this classic gag from the 1977 film Kentucky Fried Movie (edited version, the raw version cannot be posted in 2017)

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BUCO quarterback Chris Helbig commits to Southern Utah University

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National Signing Day saw several talented athletes commit to schools all over the nation to pursue their dreams at the next level.

One of these commitments included Butler Community College quarterback Chris Helbig, who elected to continue his college football career at Southern Utah University on Tuesday night.

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In Die Hard, What Christmas Eve Bowl Game has Notre Dame vs USC?

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This weekend begins the bowl season, and with it the crappy bowl games that very few of us care about. Saturday brings us a cadre of bowl games that are just as awful as whatever bowl game hosted Notre Dame and USC in the classic Christmas film “Die Hard.”

The total number of bowl games has multiplied at an absurd rate these past few decades, but one truth still remains- real bowl games don’t start until after Christmas, and for the most part well after Christmas. Genuinely desirable bowl games still adhere to tradition, and take place on New Year’s. (For a preview of #14 Notre Dame vs #17 LSU go to this link)

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Real Reason that College Football Bowl Games were Created

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Have you ever wondered how we got to the point- where there is at least one college football game on television every single day for two and a half weeks from mid December to early January?

Why and how are we living in times when college football bowl games are so abundant that now even multiple cities (New Orleans, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego) have both a real bowl game after Christmas, and also a junior varsity bowl game before Christmas?

Well, if you know where you’re coming from with bowl games, it’s very easy to understand how we got here and where we’re going in the future.

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Tom Izzo Happily Helps Judge Mathis Troll Ohio State (Video)

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We’re used to seeing Tom Izzo angry on television. The cameras love to catch the Michigan State basketball coach fuming in the heat of battle moments. We don’t often see him smiling on TV, but he certainly is here, during Thursday’s episode of Judge Mathis. 

On the December 7th edition of the program, Tom Izzo makes a special appearance in the courtroom. Have a watch of the clip below as Mathis reveals that his daughter was a student assistant to Izzo at Michigan State, before going on to law school and becoming a lawyer.

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