2017 NFL mock draft 5-20-16

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A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Illini Football: 2016 NFL Draft Return a Future Springboard?

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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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Johnny Manziel: More a Sympathetic Character than You Think

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Editor’s note: this Johnny Manziel feature article is by guest contributor Crissy Froyd

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was recently indicted on Class A misdemeanor charges. Ever since he began his NFL career, Manziel has been a victim of the media sensationalism, as all of mistakes have been magnified. If many of us were put to the same scrutiny that Manziel experiences, we might likely find ourselves in similar situations.

Countless athletes are just as “bad” as, or perhaps even “worse” than Manziel, but they simply do not find themselves brought forth into the limelight by the media. Therefore, their lifestyles are never exposed and criticized like Manziel’s is. 

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Oakland Raiders 2016 NFL Draft: Mixed Bag, Mixed Opinions

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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.

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Steve Mariucci on What Connor Cook Brings to the Oakland Raiders

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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.

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Jaylon Smith: Dallas Cowboys Make Great Long Term Investment

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Former Notre Dame Linebacker Jaylon Smith will be taking a professional version of “a medical redshirt year.”

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.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL

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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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Rico Gathers: Baylor Hoops Star as Future as NFL Tight End

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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.
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New Orleans Saints 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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New Orleans Saints fans, be sure to check out the main three NFL mock draft databases on the internet: Walter Football with 262 mocks included, Eat, Drink and Sleep Football and DC Pro Sports Report. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans (and that group includes Kate Upton as evidenced by the photo and this post linked here), be sure to check out the main three NFL mock draft databases on the internet: Walter Football with 262 mocks included, Eat, Drink and Sleep Football and DC Pro Sports Report. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

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New York Giants 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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New York Giants fans, Be sure to check out the main three NFL mock draft databases on the internet: Walter Football with 262 mocks included, Eat, Drink and Sleep Football and DC Pro Sports Report. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

Complementing our own mock, we choose a few select mocks that we know have a great track record of being accurate. We only included mocks done by draftniks that we’ve worked closely with enough to trust the integrity of their work.

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Julie Johnston, Eagles Zach Ertz: Wedding Plans Update

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United States Women’s National Team Defender Julie Johnston and Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Zach Ertz got engaged a few weeks ago; thereby creating a new sports power couple.

They’re both so busy that they haven’t had much time for actual wedding planning. They certainly won’t be able to get the wedding in until long after Johnston plays in the Rio Summer Olympics or Ertz’s 2016 NFL season with the Eagles.

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