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Version two of our full seven round 2014 NFL Mock Draft. It’s done by the same guy who did it for me last year. So I didn’t write it, but I do enjoy posting it. Some interesting mock picks here: Bortles #1 overall, Manziel to Cleveland, Clowney falling out of the top 5. Michael Sam going with the last pick in the second round.Follow paulmbanks
This 2014 NFL mock draft has added more feature stories on the players themselves. They’re linked in the player name and listed after each entry too. Lots of combine winners and losers, here’s three that earned their way into the first round in Indianapolis, and three who cost themselves a first round pick with a bad performance.
Big changes all over my first round of the 2014 NFL mock draft, starting right at the top.Follow paulmbanks
Now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over, here’s our biggest winners and losers. Or three stock up and three stock down. Here’s three who came to Indianapolis without a first round grade, but now stand a very good chance of hearing their names called on draft night. Conversely, three who fell out of the first round with a bad performance.Follow paulmbanks
Johnny Manziel, the most high profile of all high profile quarterbacks will be on the ESPN series Jon Gruden’s QB Camp. The other top two prospects, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater will be joining him. As he a couple signal callers from the mid-majors in the Land of Lincoln.Follow paulmbanks
Amber Theoharis formerly of MASN, and the Baltimore Orioles replaced Kara Henderson on NFL Network. Theoharis was a sports talk radio host for WJZ-FM, and from late 2011 to April 2013 was a sports reporter for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland. With the NFL Scouting Combine just completed, Amber and the rest of her NFLN crew ran the 40 yard dash last night on the network’s flagship program.Follow paulmbanks
Lindsey Duke is more famous than her boyfriend, former UCF QB Blake Bortles. This despite the fact that Bortles is being projected as a top 5 NFL Draft pick, and quite possibly the #1 overall pick to the Houston Texans. Due to her “physical features,” bikini picture heavy Instagram account and the general creepiness of the internet, Lindsey Duke is overshadowing her Fiesta Bowl winning quarterback boyfriend.
In fact, the Fiesta Bowl pregame show even did a feature on this. And it came up again at the NFL Scouting Combine this past weekend.Follow paulmbanks
Teddy Bridgewater did not run or throw at the NFL Scouting Combine yesterday, after saying that he would. Which is disappointing. A lot of QBs don’t like throwing in Indianapolis because they would rather throw to their own guys under circumstances they are more familiar with. Teddy will throw at the Louisville Pro Day March 17th.
It’s interesting that Bridgewater didn’t want to show off that he’s the best signal caller in this draft though, given his comments that he believes he’s the best quarterback prospect in this class.Follow paulmbanks
Since Sunday night everyone has written about Michael Sam. And with this media crush comes the idiotic and bigoted takes on Michael Sam. We knew Rush Limbaugh would say something offensive and stupid. That’s not news. Anytime Rush Limbaugh says anything racist, insensitive, homophobic, moronic, socially regressive etc. It’s not news, it’s just expected.
That’s who Rush is, it’s what he does. What is unexpected, is that Rush would use the exact same bit on Michael Sam that got him fired from NFL Countdown on ESPN.Follow paulmbanks
Martellus Bennett is the best soundbite on the Chicago Bears, and one of the best soundbites in the NFL. He’s probably the best Bears soundbite in a generation, maybe since Jim McMahon. Here, he opines more on Michael Sam coming out and what his announcement means to the NFL
Would Michael Sam be welcomed in the Chicago Bears locker room? How will Sam’s announcement affect his draft stock? What does the Orange Dino think?Follow paulmbanks
If you never heard of Blake Bortles until a month ago, you wouldn’t be alone. In the summer, a lot of people were exposed to his girlfriend Lindsey Duke, thanks to an eye-popping photo shoot at the University of Central Florida. More people have still heard of Lindsey Duke than Blake Bortles, although watching UCF rise to a BCS bowl win has elevated the profile of Bortles, and with NFL scouts are now placing very high value in the draft stock of Blake Bortles.
But #1 overall level?Follow paulmbanks
Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a fringe NFL draft prospect for this year’s class. He has the measurables, but the woeful underachievement of his A&M Aggies on the field has hurt his draft stock immensely.
Playing terrible and losing to arch-rival Texas Thanksgiving night on national television, in what maybe the last meeting between the two teams for awhile, didn’t help.
However, he has a lot going for him off the field. Like his fiance Lauren Ufer, a budding model.