2017 NFL Mock Draft 1-12-17

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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.

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Chelsea Forward Michy Batshuyai Drawing West Ham, Swansea City Loan Interest

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One of Chelsea‘s two main summer signings, Michy Batshuayi, has not been a major part of the plot this season. Batshuayi scored 26 goals in 62 games for Ligue 1 side Marseille last season, but he’s not playing much at all for Stamford Bridge. Stuck beyond a very much in form Diego Costa.

He’s yet to start a single league game for the Blues in 2016-17, and could be moving on to Swansea City on loan.

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Win or Lose, Ohio State Has Already Restored the B1G

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Editor’s note: this Ohio State and B1G essay is by guest contributor Hans Hetrick

Let us revel in the 2016 Ohio State Michigan game one more time before the bowl season plays out.

This year’s version of The Game, a rivalry that badly needed a classic game, deserves another tribute. The annual post-Thanksgiving matchup between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes gave us a game to be truly thankful for, a rollercoaster ride of great defense, missed field goals, a last second game-tying, field goal, two overtimes, controversial officiating, an unusually animated Urban Meyer, and a mercurial Jim Harbaugh turned up to eleven.

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2017 NFL mock draft 12-22-16

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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.

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Charles Woodson Next “A Football Life,” Raiders, Michigan, Packers Fans Rejoice

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We poked a lot of fun at NFL icon Charles Woodson in the preseason when he picked the Oakland Raiders to win the Super Bowl, and Khalil Mack to win the MVP back in the preseason.

His picks look more astute and insightful now don’t they? It wasn’t just blatant HOMERISM by Woodson for his former teammates last season as he began his career as a NFL Analyst for ESPN. While we still have plenty of issues with a lot of the Charles Woodson punditry body of work, we’re still very very excited about NFL Network’s Charles Woodson: A Football Life.

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Michigan and Ohio’s Toledo War of 1835, and the Frostbitten Convention

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This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention.

This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called. The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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#3 Michigan Football: The Game Preview vs #2 Ohio St. Buckeyes

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“You’re a terrorist if you’re not excited about this game,” a friend told me as #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State on November 18th, 2006 approached.

I was in fact excited about the game, in which both teams entered undefeated, I was just mocking the EXTREME HYPE that the media was creating for it. (I know the media over-hyping something?! Who knew, right?!) “The Game,” in Columbus like this year’s meeting will be, was actually extremely exciting and very entertaining. The Buckeyes won it 42-39, the day after Bo Schembechler died.

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B1G Basketball Power Rankings: Every Team as a Past or Present Presidential Candidate

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It’s November 8th B1G basketball fans! Huzzah, if you’re reading this it means that we actually made it through the strangest, ugliest and most low brow election cycle in the history of our glorious democracy. Election Day fell on the latest possible day that it possibly could, and that’s unfortunate, given how one poll showed that 13% of respondents preferred a meteor hitting the Earth to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

Hey, it’s all over tomorrow and then we can all move on to other past times like college hoops, which tips off its season on Friday.

Viva la Revolucion!

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Jim Harbaugh: the Alexander Hamilton of College Football

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As it currently stands, Jim Harbaugh and the #2 Michigan Wolverines stand the best chance of rising up and upheaving the #1 and currently defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Harbaugh still needs to win six more games to get his shot at Nick Saban, and when the moment comes he’ll be the rebels, not the empire.

The Tide got 66 of 67 first place votes this past week. That lone dissenter voted Michigan #1, and the Wolverines have certainly put together a body of work worthy of receiving more votes: 63-3 over Hawaii, 51-14 versus Central Florida, 49-10 thrashing of Penn State, the notorious and ridiculous 78-0 utter destruction of Rutgers.

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#3 Michigan Football: Wolverines have National Title Bonafides

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“You’re a terrorist if you’re not excited about this game,” a friend told me as #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State on November 18th, 2006 approached.

I was in fact excited about the game, in which both teams entered undefeated, I was just mocking the EXTREME HYPE that the media was creating for it. (I know the media over-hyping something?! Who knew, right?!) “The Game,” in Columbus like this year’s meeting will be, was actually extremely exciting and very entertaining. The Buckeyes won it 42-39, the day after Bo Schembechler died.

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#3 Michigan Football Game Preview vs Illinois Fighting Illini

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Ah, the depth chart mind games! It’s a staple of every football coach. Chip Kelly, during his Philadelphia Eagles days, even once said that he lets a Media Relations staffer make his for him. Depth chart obfuscation is all part of the Art of War that is football, and no one takes that to heart more than Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

He doesn’t release his to the public; ever.

Remember Michigan football is a submarine after all. This week, Illini football Coach Lovie Smith refrained from releasing one either.

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Michigan’s LB/DB Jabrill Peppers a True Heisman Trophy Candidate

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The last time that a defensive player won the Heisman trophy it was a Michigan Wolverine. Charles Woodson, a defensive back to be exact. Maybe the next time that it happens, it’ll also be a Michigan star, who also plays DB (among other things) in Jabrill Peppers.

Good ol’ #5 began his UM career as a DB but now he’s moved on to doing that and so much more. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh listed out everything Peppers can, should and does do for the Wolverines this preseason. You can read the very long quote. 

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