2017 NFL mock draft 8-26-16

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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 Football: Four Players with NFL Draft 1st Round Potential

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The Michigan Wolverines, yes your Michigan football team, has now been deemed the B1g conference favorite. Actually, some sports books have granted UM the National Championship favorite.  The last time Michigan football was nationally title relevant was 2006 (maybe you can make a case for 2011, with the Sugar Bowl win, depending on how you define nationally relevant). and their most recent title came in 1997.

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Jabrill Peppers “Could Explode into a Giant Man,” Says Jim Harbaugh

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The incessant hullabalooza over Jim Harbaugh overshadows everything else that’s a part of Michigan Wolverines football these days. Harbaugh is definitely a brand and he’s now done for khakis what Bear Bryant did for Houndstooth and Bill Belichick has done for hoodies.

Harbaugh has a ton of NFL talent on his current team; mostly on the defensive side of the ball. Leading the way is blue chip NFL prospect Jabrill Peppers. ESPN ranked him the #9 overall player in the nation this season.

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Michy Batshuyai Sports Michigan Wolverines Hat with N’Golo Kante

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One of Chelsea‘s two main summer signings, Michy Batshuayi, had some positive moments yesterday in the Blues’ lopsided loss to Real Madrid yesterday. Los Blancos went up 3-0 by halftime, before Eden Hazard out proverbial lipstick on the piglike box score, yielding a 3-2 finish in the International Champions Cup preseason friendly.

Batshuayi showed some promise, threatening Real Madrid’s goal on a couple occasions.

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Jim Harbaugh Likely Attending Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Won’t Pick Side

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On Saturday, Chelsea FC will take on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh will be there; probably.

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

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

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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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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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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.

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Michigan Cheerleaders Win Fourth Straight Title

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The Michigan Cheerleaders team claimed their fourth straight NCA Collegiate Championship title last night, finishing just ahead of runner-up Florida International for the Coed Cheer Division I title.

The Michigan Wolverines posted a finals score of 86.23 edging out FIU’s mark of 86.20.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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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.

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2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and a few McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Michigan Stadium Will Host Chelsea FC vs Real Madrid

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The last time Michigan Stadium, “the Big House” hosted a soccer match, all it did was break the American attendance record  (109,318) for the sport. Football international returns to the home of Michigan Wolverines football as  Chelsea will take on Real Madrid. 

The International Champions Cup, a preseason exhibition tournament composed of many global football powers in several leagues, and played on multiple continents, made the announcement today.

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Jim Harbaugh Tops B1G Coach Brand Name Power Rankings

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Happy first day of March Madness everyone! It’s quite possibly the greatest sports day of the year, and with spring football practice going on, we’re officially in overlap season. It’s not quite the same type of overlap as what we get in November, but it’s close.

Everybody is of course focused on the brackets, as they should be, but Jim Harbaugh has still, some how some way captured some media attention for his practices being held in Florida.

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