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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2017 NFL mock draft 12-22-16


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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Oakland Raiders vs New England Patriots New Media Obsession


Are you ready to re-fight and replay the infamous “Tuck Rule Game?” Otherwise known as the Snow Bowl or the Snow Job, the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff game was played on January 19, 2002 and it was the final game in the history of Foxboro Stadium. The New England Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders 16-13 in one of the most controversial games of all time.

The Pats then went on to win the Super Bowl that season and into Gillette Stadium the next year. The Oakland Raiders won the AFC the very next season, then fell off the map until just this season.

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Dion Lewis Returns to Patriots Lineup after ACL Injury


After signing with the New England Patriots last season, running back Dion Lewis was expected to compete for the starting job. Unfortunately, his season was cut short by an ACL injury.

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NFL’s New Chip-Equipped Footballs could Prevent Another Deflategate


Deflategate will soon be a thing of the past. That is probably hard to believe for those people for whom the phenomenon has taken over the league. Tom Brady recently dropped his legal appeal of the four-game suspension to which he had been sentenced, though one wonders whether the decision will have any impact on online NFL betting odds and considerations.

Whatever the case, the league is quickly becoming inundated by rumors (and conspiracies) surrounding the computer chips that the NFL is planning to insert into the football during preseason and Thursday night games.
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Roger Goodell, NFL Team Owners Aren’t Fans of HBO’s “Ballers”

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New England Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg, executive producer for the HBO series “Ballers,” said the NFL isn’t too happy with the show. He said commissioner Roger Goodell even tried to get him to cancel it. Since the show is fictional, it won’t affect NFL betting lines, but it does show that the NFL commissioner and team owners don’t shows attempting to realistically depict NFL players.  [Read more…]

Illini Football: 2016 NFL Draft Return a Future Springboard?


In 2016 Lovie Smith takes over an Illini football program that recently had a really good reputation as a NFL vocational development school. Then Mike Thomas came along; and hired Tim Beckman. For two years the NFL Draft then became an Illini football free zone. Illinois excelled in winning draft night up until 2014, as the program was then shut out in 2015 and 2016.

The Illini were among the best, if not the best in the Big Ten when it came to being a NFL Draft factory, which we covered in more detail here.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL


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.”

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Denver Broncos: New England Patriots’ playoff Kryptonite


Four times the New England Patriots have marched into Denver during the AFC playoffs. Four times, most recently in Sunday’s 20-18 defeat in the AFC Championship game, their Super Bowl dreams were snuffed out by the Orange Crush. With eye black residue from Sunday’s game likely still visible on Tom Brady’s face, we revisit the three times prior to Sunday’s defeat that the Patriots’ Super Bowl aspirations tumbled in Denver like boulders down the Rocky Mountains.

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Bill Belichick ahead of his time fashion wise (not parody)

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New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick is just two wins away from defending his current NFL championship title. We’ll see what happens tomorrow versus Denver in the AFC Title game, but if Belichick and company get it done, it just continues the current trend of ruling oligarchies retaining their hegemony (Duke, Alabama, New England, Blackhawks).

In the meantime, it turns out that Belichick and his “homeless chic” look that he perfected with the hoodie well over a decade ago is now en vogue.

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Patriots’ Chandler Jones involved in bizarre medical Marijuana situation


Make no mistake, this is not a “marijuana offense” for New England Patriots Defensive End Chandler Jones. The youngster from Syracuse is in a very weird situation that involves medical marijuana, so high times are not criminal times in any way possible.

He has broken no laws, as he was smoking the good weed as a way to treat a medical condition.

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2016 NFL mock draft 12-8-15


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.”

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