In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order at the regular season. We sorted the playoff teams based on how we’re predicting the NFL playoffs will shape out. The NFL breaks ties in draft order by reverse order of strength of schedule. Thus we don’t know for sure who will be picking #14 and #15 between Indianapolis and Minnesota’s pick (which is owned by Philadelphia), as the NFL has not confirmed the order officially.Follow paulmbanks
In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.
Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.Follow paulmbanks
Iowa football fans aren’t too high on their team right now, but they have no idea what real pain is. Yes, the last two weeks have been brutal. They lost to a FBS team dressed up as a FCS power two weeks ago and then beat lowly irrelevant Rutgers in a fashion so unimpressive that it pretty much felt like a loss.
On top of that, they recently learned that their head coach is now college football’s equivalent of Arsene Wenger, the boss at Premier League club Arsenal; in power for life.Follow paulmbanks
It will be very hard for the Iowa Hawkeyes to replicate last year’s 12-0 regular season, but the B1G Ten West division remains rather weak. Iowa returns a couple major key pieces, in cornerback Desmond King, probably the league’s top rated NFL draft prospect and quarterback C.J. Beathard, who was anointed “the next Tom Brady” by Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Of course, an endorsement from Trump on anything is worth…about as much as a degree from Trump University.Follow paulmbanks
If any Big Ten player can crack the top ten in next April’s NFL Draft, it’s Desmond King. The Iowa Hawkeyes cornerback and winner of the 2015 Jim Thorpe award as the nation’s best defensive back could have easily gone pro last year if he wanted. Now that he has come back to Iowa City for 2016, he’ll likely further augment his game and drive up the price of his NFL Draft stock.
Especially when you consider the positions the NFL places so much value on these days.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
Former Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman and Buffalo Bills Draft pick Kyle Calloway was struck and killed by a train over the holiday weekend. Calloway was out jogging routinely on a route very familiar to him near Tucson, Arizona, on July 2 when he was bit by the train. He was just 29.
“We are all stunned and very saddened to hear of the tragic accident claiming the life of Kyle Calloway,” said a statement from Iowa Hawkeyes Coach Kirk Ferentz.Follow paulmbanks
Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)
Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.Follow paulmbanks
The last time Chicago hosted a NCAA Regional Final we were treated to astonished/happy/excited March Madness Bill Murray the Illinois Fighting Illini fan. Over the weekend we saw despondent March Madness Murray, the Xavier fan. Perhaps that meme will put the stale “Crying Jordan” meme out to pasture now.
It’s all come full circle Virginia basketball fans: Bill Murray at March Madness, Chicago hosting an Elite 8 game, a team in blue and orange favored to cut down the nets and head to the Final Four.Follow paulmbanks
Jarrod Uthoff, he who boasts numbers that read as such- 18.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, is your favorite in the Big Ten Player of the Year race. The Iowa forward is the front-runner, with Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell right up there with him. Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine is a long shot, as the missed time due to injury and the Spartans pedestrian conference record hold him back.Follow paulmbanks
Iowa basketball is following the lead of Iowa football this season: winning big, surpassing expectations, and doing it all very much under the radar. Both the football and basketball Hawkeyes have shocked prognosticators everywhere by winning with a certain unexpected Gestalt.
America has slept/is sleeping on both teams too. Nationally, word association with Iowa in 2015-16 has been “caucus” more than “college athletics.” This despite the Iowa caucus actually being much ado about nothing. (Hey, the votes don’t actually count for anything at all, people. The caucus is just media generated drivel)Follow paulmbanks