2017 NFL Mock Draft 1-24-17

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In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order, with just two slots left to be determined, via the Super Bowl.

For now, embrace “the harrowing bye week that no one enjoys.”

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Baltimore Ravens Should Pursue a Joe Flacco Back-up/Successor

The Baltimore Ravens found a reliable signal-caller in Joe Flacco when they took him in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

However, this was roughly 9 years ago, and Flacco obviously isn’t going to last forever. As Flacco enters his twilight years, should the Ravens begin looking for a successor that they can begin developing while they still have ample time?

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12 Potential Chicago College Football Bowl Game Names

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With the idea of bringing a college football bowl game to Chicago gathering steam, we penned an op-ed on this idea for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read it in full over at this link, and we excerpted part of the introduction below:

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Pitt RB James Conner is the Most Inspirational 2017 NFL Draft Prospect

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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.”

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Phil Simms DESTROYED on Twitter; Some of the Best Tweets

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Every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon Twitter lights up with NFL fans ripping the beJesus out of commentator Phil Simms. I actually find Simms to be…well, he’s not the greatest commentator ever, but he’s also far from the worst. He can be mildly entertaining at times, and sometimes articulate in his opinions.

Although I must admit analysis is definitely not his strong suit. You don’t exactly get smarter by watching any telecast that Phil Simms is a part of.

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Can Connor Cook be the Oakland Raiders Savior?

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In the build-up to the 2016 NFL Draft, the narrative around Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook paralleled a story line from the Kevin Costner film “Draft Day.”

The media just would not shut up about how Cook wasn’t named a team captain at MSU, and you could almost hear Costner’s character repeatedly asking, as he did in the film about the fictional blue chip prospect, “WHY DIDN’T HIS TEAMMATES COME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY?!”

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Harry Kane Jokes About NFL Career After Awful PK Miss

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Tottenham Hotspur and England Striker Harry Kane really gaffed on a penalty kick today. How bad? Well, we’re not quite sure if the ball has even landed yet.

Take a look:

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Buffalo Bills Fire Head Coach Rex Ryan and His Brother Too

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(UPDATE: Another Rex Ryan regime at an AFC East team has ended with his dismissal. Rex Ryan was canned, along with brother, this morning. Anthony Lynn was promoted to interim Head Coach on Tuesday December 27th)

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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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Who Will be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player?

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In a year where there has been a great deal of parity amongst players in the National Football League, it will be quite a task for voters to select the league’s Most Valuable Player. There have been plenty of players putting up some strong numbers this season, but no one has really been able to dominate the league the way Carolina’s Cam Newton did a year ago.

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What Happened to the Jacksonville Jaguars?

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Heading into the 2016 NFL season, the wise-guy pick for a surprise playoff spot were the Jacksonville Jaguars.

They looked to have all the pieces in place to make a serious run in a weak AFC South division. As it turns out, the division is indeed weak, but the Jaguars can lay claim to being the weakest of the bunch with a dismal record of 2-11 with 3 games remaining on the season.

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Lane Kiffin to Coach FAU, Leave Alabama after Playoff

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Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will coach his final game with the Crimson Tide once their college football playoff run has completed. Kiffin was a serious candidate for the Houston Cougars Head Coaching job, but will instead become the new head man at Florida Atlantic University, Bama Head Coach Nick Saban confirmed.

“FAU has selected someone that’s going to do a great job for them,” Saban said on campus on Monday at a news conference to promote the upcoming Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

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