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
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: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
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.Follow paulmbanks
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?!”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
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks