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
You can heat your home from the takes we heard on LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey this past bowl cycle. However, Pittsburgh‘s James Conner is a stellar running back pro prospect who flew under the radar in this past news cycle.
Conner made up his mind to declare for the draft after the regular season ended and before he suiting up and played in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.
“James Conner, he is a legacy player at Pitt,” says Head Coach Pat Narduzzi after the bowl game, Conner’s final collegiate game. “He’s been an inspiration to everybody. He’s going to have a heckuva NFL career, I’ll tell you that.”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
Miami Hurricanes Quarterback Brad Kaaya will likely be returning to school next season a source close to the program said.
Kaaya, a three year starter who is often mentioned as one of the few elite QB prospects in the draft class, has one more year of collegiate eligibility remaining.
Kaaya has until January 16th to make his decision, and he is strongly leaning towards returning to Coral Gables, a trusted source with very close ties to the Canes told The Sports Bank.Follow paulmbanks
Here it is; the primary and secondary social media hash tags for all 32 NFL teams. Happy NFL kickoff. This comes to us via a social engagement company called Postano, You have the official hash tag for each NFL team, as well as the most used hash tag for each NFL team.
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.Follow paulmbanks
It’s hard to concisely summarize the fifth draft of Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, because it was such a mixed bag. Their first round pick, Safety Karl Joseph of West Virginia was definitely a big reach, right?
Or was it?
Not really when you find a guy who fills a need to solidify the pass defense. We knew coming in that Oakland was going to prioritize DB, and that’s exactly what they did. Likewise with the two Big Ten Defensive Ends, Jihad Ward of Illinois and Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State.Follow paulmbanks
By this week, all the soundbites for every NFL draft prospect now run together into an indecipherable word salad. Actually, it all becomes gobbedly-gook well before this week, due to the over-usage of cliches. All the Draftniks do it:
Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Jon Gruden most of all. Gruden speaks with a much higher buzz word/NFL draft catch-phrase per sentence percentage than anyone. If I sat down and watched Gruden’s “QB Camp” show again, this list would be four times as long.Follow paulmbanks
What a tumultuous NFL Draft for Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook.
Entering Thursday, many people thought he had a decent chance at becoming a first round pick. We covered the multiple destinations within round one where he could have conceivably landed. If he didn’t go round one, then we almost certainly thought he’d be selected in round two or three on Friday night. However, it didn’t happen as Connor Cook was to night two what Laremy Tunsil was to night one.Follow paulmbanks
Smith will be out of football for 2016, as his recovers from nerve damage in his knee. Heading into the Fiesta Bowl, Smith was projected to be a sure fire top five pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Many draftniks had him the best overall defensive player on their big boards.
Some mock drafts had him going as high as #3, but the conversation drastically changed on New Year’s Day in Arizona. In the first half of the Fiesta Bowl he tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments.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
With the 2016 NFL Draft starting up tomorrow all 32 teams are making their final preparations, hoping to find the right players to to propel them up the NFL power rankings next season. While most teams have their draft boards ready, they might have to make room for one more name as representatives from 24 teams have made a trip down to scout former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers.