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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Michigan St. DL Malik McDowell Potential Top 10 NFL Draft Pick

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Perhaps Coach Mark Dantonio said it best: “If you’re a starter for us, right now for Michigan State with the success that we’ve had, you have the opportunity to go play at the next level.”

Indeed, when you’re piling up 11 win seasons and getting into New Year’s Bowls with regularity, you become a NFL Draft prospect factory. Defensive Tackle Malik McDowell is definitely up next.

“He’s a great athlete, unbelievable football player,” said Michigan State Tight End Josiah Price.

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“Negative Recruiting” Against James Franklin? MSU, OSU Coaches Respond


Throughout the spring and summer, more shocking revelations about Joe Paterno have emerged. These findings further damn his legacy. Prior to this year, it was widely known that Paterno was made aware of the fact that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was a child rapist.

What we’ve learned in 2016 is that Paterno knew his second-in-command was a child rapist as far back as 1976. It goes without saying how awful this fact is, and how that affects the Penn State football brand.

That damaged brand obviously affects recruiting, and provides serious obstacles for James Franklin.

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All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns


Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2006 and their most recent title came in 1997.

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Tragedy Means Nebraska Football Won’t Attend B1G Media Days


Nebraska football just announced moments ago that they will not participate in Big Ten Media Days tomorrow and Tuesday. The decision is made with heavy hearts as an automobile crash over the weekend claimed the life of NU punter Sam Foltz.

Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed Saturday night, in the same car wreck that occurred as the duo returned home from a kicking camp in Wisconsin.

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Michigan State Football: Preseason Publications are Bullish


Mark Dantonio has definitely changed the culture of Michigan State football, but is it here to stay? Last year had that kind of “it’s now or never” feel to it because the 2015 Spartans were led by a group of very talented seniors having their last hurrah. It did bring about another milestone for the program, as State finally had their seat at the big boy table, having their national championship outcome right in their own hands.

Obviously, the end result was atrocious, but that don’t let that sell short all that they accomplished in order to get there. 2016 is a very intriguing cross roads season for the program. Does Michigan State football become an Ohio State or Alabama, were they jsut simply reload instead of rebuild?

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Denzel Valentine on Wearing Michael Jordan’s Number


Denzel Valentine wasted no time beginning his transition to “the league.” The Chicago Bulls selected him with the 14th and final pick of the  NBA Draft Thursday night. By Monday he was at Bulls headquarters to meet the media and display his #45 jersey, the number both he and his Dad wore with the Michigan State Spartans, and briefly worn by Michael Jordan himself during his 1994 Bulls comeback. 

In the media session, Bulls GM Gar Forman said that Zel showed up with four or five large duffel bags, indicating that he’s moved in now and ready to hit the ground running.

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Bulls Denzel Valentine on Future of Michigan State Hoops (Exclusive)


It was #DenzelValentinesDay at Chicago Bulls headquarters on Monday. Denzel Valentine, the last pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, by the Chicago Bulls at #14, was unveiled to the local media for some Q&A. Zel will wear #45 with the Bulls, the same number that both he and his Dad wore at Michigan State.

It’s also the same number that Michael Jordan briefly wore in 1994 during the first season of his historic comeback.

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Draymond Green Makes USA Rio Olympics Roster


USA Basketball announced on Monday that Golden State Warriors forward and Michigan State Alum Draymond Green will be part of the 12-man roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. #USABMNT

The full roster of players selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title when they compete in the Rio Summer Olympiad includes:

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How Denzel Valentine Fits in with the Chicago Bulls


Denzel Valentine is the first NBA Draft lottery pick to come out of Michigan State since 2001 (Jason Richardson).

The Chicago Bulls selected the AP National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year with the 14th pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. Bulls GM Gar Forman said at the Bulls practice facility Thursday night that he thought Denzel “was a fit on so many levels, a big time winner.”

Forman also said that Zel fit into the direction that the Bulls wanted to go, indicating that the team is “wanting to get younger and more athletic, and play with pace.”

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Suspended Draymond Green the NBA’s New #1 Villain


Usually, in this time and space, we write a Draymond Green puff piece. It’s become a rite of passage, as we’ve published a feature in this vein the past couple years. Perhaps that tradition is ending now though as the media are placing the proverbial black hat on Green. It’s deserved now too as he’s been suspended for game 5 of the NBA Finals, due to his, uhm, making his presence felt in an opposing player’s groin area.

He might be the next NBA star to fill that James Posey, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Anthony Mason kind of role. His Western Conference Finals performance left a lot to be desired. Hard to find a coach or fan who would desire seeing one of their players kick an opponent in the junk.

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Draymond Green Can Win Over Even the Golden State Haters

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Editor’s note: This Draymond Green essay is a guest contribution to The Sports Bank by Memphis Grizzlies fan Mare Keane

Let me start this by saying that the Golden State Warriors are not my team. 

I despised them in 2013.  I wrote them off in 2014 as a bunch of big headed guys who thought they were better than they actually were, and dubbed Steph Curry the next injury-laden Derrick Rose. 

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