Listing 70 of the Worst NFL Draft Cliches, Buzzwords, and Assorted Word Salad

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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.

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Ohio State Football: the Kentucky Wildcats of the NFL Draft

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Ohio State football has become the Kentucky Wildcats of the gridiron– a class of 5-star prospects enter the program every year while another class of blue chips leaves school early for the professional ranks.

In both Lexington and Columbus, it’s “succeed and proceed,” “plug n play,” “rinse and repeat” each season.

The NBA allows “one and done,” but in football you need to be out of high school for at least three years. As a junior you can “three and flee,” or as a redshirt sophomore you’re eligible for a “two and tutelo.” As Stephen Colbert told John Calipari when he had him on his show, it must rhyme in order for it to be valid.

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Illini Football: Is Carroll Phillips a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 Will in the NFL?

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Illinois football had a very rough season in 2016, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a strong presence in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Two Illini defensive ends, Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips, will certainly hear their name called in this draft, it’s just a question of where. Illinois finished 105th in the nation (out of 128 teams) in rushing defense and that of course raises some issues about the run stuffing capabilities of all members of the Illini defense.

On the opposite of the spectrum, Illinois finished tenth in the nation in tackles for a loss. 

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Christian McCaffrey Projects as a Top 15 pick; Eagles, Colts, Panthers Likely Landing Spots

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Former Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey has been a hot topic since the 2015 college football season, when he became the Heisman Trophy runner-up.

Shortly before the NFL scouting combine, McCaffrey made it clear that he wanted to impress coaches at a multitude of positions.

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Notre Dame Quarterback DeShone Kizer Suffers Major NFL Draft Stock Slide

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It really is a shame what’s happened to former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, because he’s an individual that you truly want to root for. The Toledo area native was listed consistently among the top three in an overwhelming majority of NFL mock drafts all season long.

Looking at all the mocks this past fall and winter, and you would see the name DeShone Kizer as #1 or #2 overall, certainly top five at least, in almost every single one. However, once we entered the offseason and thus the NFL draft evaluative period, Kizer’s stock dropped like shares of United Airlines.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Baltimore Ravens: What Should they do at Pick No. 16?

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Coming off of a beyond disappointing 8-8 season, the Baltimore Ravens have some serious work to do in the 2017 NFL draft.

Perhaps the biggest hole the team has to fill is at the wide receiver position. After all, quarterback Joe Flacco is going to need some better weapons to help him move the offense down the field. The Ravens don’t exactly have many at this point, and they have had one of the weakest groups of receivers in the league for some time now.

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Deshaun Watson Could be the Chicago Bears Anti-Jay Cutler

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Opinions on the NFL Draft stock of former Clemson QB Deshaun Watson are extremely polarized. Many find the winner of all winners and achiever of all achievers in this quarterback class as the #1 signal caller available.

Others see a spread-formation quarterback, who will have issues adjusting to life as a primary pocket passer. It’s not just an issue for Deshaun Watson, but all former spread QBs. It’s a question that he just couldn’t answer at the NFL Scouting Combine, because the event doesn’t lend itself to doing so.

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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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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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Source: Miami QB Brad Kaaya Likely Returning to School, Not Entering NFL Draft

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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.

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Twitter Hash Tags for All 32 NFL Teams #NFLGameDay #NFLKickoff

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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.

Enjoy!

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