2017 NFL mock draft 5-20-16


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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Detroit Lions 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing


Detroit Lions fans, Be sure to check out the Walter Football 2016 NFL Mock draft database, now with 262 mocks included. It’s the biggest and best mock database on the whole world wide web. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

Complementing our own mock, we choose a few select mocks that we know have a great track record of being accurate. We only included mocks done by draftniks that we’ve worked closely with enough to trust the integrity of their work.

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Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise Projects as a Fourth Round Pick


Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise was well traveled throughout his college football career even though he stayed with the Fighting Irish the whole time. He came to South Bend planning to be a defensive back, converted to wide receiver, and then later to running back.

ND had depth and talent at wide receiver, but really needed reinforcements and tailback. By the end of the season, the Irish were at their fourth, or maybe fifth choice at tailback. Fourth or fifth depends on where you define the beginning of the season, and where you draw the line on the depth chart.

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NFL Free Agency Winners: Bears, Lions, Chargers, Texans


2016 NFL free agency has been going strong now for close to two weeks, meaning a lot of teams have filled some of their needs. Obviously, there are some losers too in this free agent market but we’ll save that discussion for another time. This is a list of the winners.

There are still plenty of NFL free agency moves to come and we’ll be keeping tabs on that and updating. We’ve also had to shred our now old NFL mock draft and instead create an entirely new one now.

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Calvin Johnson retires; Megatron processes his options

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Both Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions announced on January 6th that Johnson’s storied NFL career could be over. It appears that Megatron is processing all options, including retirement and that’s the way he’s likely going to go.

It’s sad that Calvin Johnson Rule is actually going to outlast Calvin Johnson.

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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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Jim Caldwell still very much on the hot seat in Detroit


Credit the Detroit Lions for playing with some pride (get it, “Lions,” “Pride” see what I did there?) as they may be trying to save the fate of Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Although they Lionsed away their last game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Detroit has definitely not been the LOLions lately.

A team that early on looked destined to be the club on the clock first for the NFL Draft, has now been playing very respectably.

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Detroit Lions promote Jim Bob Cooter; Twitter has fun


Over the years, the Detroit Lions have certainly given the internet plenty of comedic material. Indeed all the losing has made them the LOLions. Today broke new ground however, even for them, as the Lions promoted QB Coach Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator.

The fun starts with his name, and continues with an exploration of his personal legal history. Factor in the setting for where he got into trouble- Knoxville, Tennessee, and you have quite the story.


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Bart Scott Sizes up the NFC North race


The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury.

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Cornhuskers Ameer Abdullah could be Reggie Bush heir apparent


Ameer Abdullah is looking like the third or fourth running back on the NFL Draft board. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, who very likely could land in Seattle (here’s a whole separate article on this idea and how it could happen) tops the positional rankings. Georgia’s Todd Gurley is number two.

#FearAmeer is right there with another Big Ten back, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, for the third and fourth slots.

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Five reasons why Ndamukong Suh will stay with the Lions

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In the NFL, top players rarely hit the market. It’s even rarer that they hit the market in their prime. Following the 2014 season, Ndamukong Suh may be hitting the free agent market. The mammoth defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions is slated to become a free agent if he doesn’t come to an extension agreement with the team. In just four seasons, Suh has been dominant.

He is the focal point of the Lions defense and has made the Pro Bowl three years. It hasn’t all been good for Suh though. He has been fined over $200,000 in his career for a variety of dirty moves on the field.

Here are five reasons why he will be back with the Lions in 2015 though:

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