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
Last week Napoleon Harris had an experience that rivals a blockbuster Hollywood crime drama. Harris, a Chicago native and current resident of Flossmoor, IL is a member of the Illinois Senate representing the 15th district since 2013. He’s also an owner of two Beggar’s Pizza franchises; a very popular chain exclusive to the Chicago south lands.
When closing up shop at his pizzeria in Harvey, Illinois one evening last week he delivered the final order himself. The late night pizza order was a scam and four men physically attacked Harris.Follow paulmbanks
Take a seat because this Napoleon Harris story is one that you’ve got to consume.
I first knew Harris as a star on one of the most crazy athletic high school basketball teams of all time. On that Thornton Township high school hoops team with Napoleon Harris (Thornton Wildcats class of ’97) was- former 49ers wide receiver Tai Streets, former Pittsburgh Steelers star Antwaan Randle-El and former college hoops stars Erik Herring and Melvin Ely.Follow paulmbanks
Chelsea FC closed out the International Champions Cup/their USA preseason tour tonight with a 3-1 victory over AC Milan tonight. It was more than just a closure; it was also an opening. U.S. Bank Stadium, a multiple purpose facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota whose primary tenant will be the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, just completed its first event of all time.
64,101, the largest soccer crowd ever in the state of Minnesota, turned out to see the Blues beat Milan.Follow paulmbanks
As the 2016 Chelsea FC summer preseason tour winds down, the club have taken in some rest and relaxation on their off days. Some of the Blues attended a home game of the Minnesota Twins, of Major League Baseball, at Target Field.
Then they had the chance to interact with the MLB players.Follow paulmbanks
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.”Follow paulmbanks
Minnesota Vikings 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.Follow paulmbanks
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.”Follow paulmbanks
As 2pac famously said “they say money don’t make the man, but damn I’ll make you money.” The man who played the Minnesota Vikings mascot had a very inflated sense of self worth/the value add of the mascot performance to Vikings game days. His stage name is Ragnar the Viking, his legal name Joe Juranitch.
Here’s a video below detailing his story:
Adrian Peterson had an awful return to the NFL last weekend. The San Francisco 49ers versus the Minnesota Vikings contest was an absolute s#$tshow. AP finished with just 31 yards on 10 carries, for an awful 3.1 yards per carry. It showed just how rusty he was after missing 2014 due to the child abuse suspension.
However, week 2 was a completely different story, as carried 29 times for 134 yards as the Vikings beat the Detroit Lions.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks