2018 NFL Mock Draft 5-18-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Chicago Bears 2017 Draft Grade: Participant Trophy

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Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace will either a.) be ultimately proven a genius for his outside the box 2017 NFL Draft selections or b.) soon looking for a new gig.

Coming off a 3-13 season in which the Bears hit rock bottom, Pace went with a very high risk/very high reward strategy which yielded just five total picks, out of a draft that lasts seven rounds. The end result will be extremely hit-or-miss, sink-or-swim, choose your all-or-nothing cliche.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Add More Illini Flavor by Drafting Dawuane Smoot

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In the Jacksonville Jaguars organization, the man at the very top is an Illini grad.

As of Friday night, so is the newest member of the club- Defensive end Dawuane Smoot.

The 6-3, 264-pound tackles-for-losses machine was selected with the fourth pick in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Smoot was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 68th overall pick.

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Mitchell Trubisky Selection Was Not Very Well Received by the Chicago Bears Fan Community

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Former North Carolina Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky asked people to start calling him Mitchell and stop calling him Mitch during the Scouting Combine in February. Perhaps Mitchell needs a nickname too, can we suggest “Mitch?” There were reports that the Chicago Bears were looking to trade back from the #3 slot, but instead they went up to #2 and then took Trubisky.

Pretty much no one in the Bears community likes this pick. It’s been widely panned on Twitter. Here’s just a very small sampling.

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Britt McHenry Laid Off by ESPN; Addresses Trolls in Goodbye Facebook Post

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You can now add Britt McHenry to the list of ESPN on-air personalities laid off this week. Her last gig with the network will be covering the Arizona Cardinals on NFL Draft night. While the total carnage from the ESPN layoffs is estimated to be about 100 jobs lost in total, we’re still learning the identities of many of the casualties.

We likely won’t know all of them for a couple more days yet, but what’s happened in Bristol says an awful lot about not just the self-ascribed “world wide leader,” but the sports media industry in general.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update….and we’ve already updated our 2018 NFL mock draft twice!

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 NBA mock draft, (NBA round two), 2017 MLB mock draft and 2017 NHL mock draft coming soon.

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DeShone Kizer Makes Boastful Remarks; Will it Hurt NFL Draft Stock?

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While the NFL Draft evaluation process has seen the stock of former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer plummet like the brand value of Pepsi, he still made the right call in coming out this year. The 2018 class of quarterbacks will be much stronger than the 2017, which is a bit weak. 

Also, given how ND’s season went, and the current direction and status of the Brian Kelly regime, Kizer really had no real reason to return to South Bend. It doesn’t seem like the 2017 Fighting Irish season was going to help the Toledo area native very much.

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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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