2019 NFL Mock Draft 4-4-18

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It’s version 1.0 of our 2019 NFL mock draft. The order is completely randomized at this point. Don’t read anything more into the order than that. The 2018 NFL Draft has not been taken into account, as it obviously has not transpired yet! We did not figure our 2018 NFL mock draft selections into this mock either, as that’s kind of overkill- engaging in that kind of behavior.

However, if you want to see the 2018 mock, go to this link. Team needs were sometimes, but mostly, not taken into account, as it’s still absurdly early for a 2019 mock draft in the truest sense. Really, it’s more of a glorified prospect list at this point, to be honest. Have issues with the mock draft picks? Of course you do! Someone always does- have at it in the comments section. Just keep it classy and professional! Enjoy!

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NFL Combine Stock Up, Offense: Saquon Barkley, Justin Jackson, Baker Mayfield

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Another edition of the NFL Scouting Combine (“the underwear Olympics”) has come and gone. If you watched it at home on television, just for “fun,” recreationally, well you’re a braver person than I and highly commend your love of the game. For everyone else, let’s recap the week, and look at who the biggest winners and losers were after what transpired.

Here’s the link to our latest NFL mock draft, which we posted right before the scouting combine started. Now with so many players seeing their NFL Draft fluctuate, in some cases quite extremely, we’ll be making a lot of changes in our next update.

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Combine Stock Up, Defense: Shaquel Griffin, Denzel Ward, Godwin Igwebuike, Harold Landry

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Another edition of the NFL Scouting Combine (“the underwear Olympics”) has come and gone. If you watched it at home on television, just for “fun,” recreationally, well you’re a braver person than I and highly commend your love of the game. For everyone else, let’s recap the week, and look at who the biggest winners and losers were after what transpired.

Here’s the link to our latest NFL mock draft, which we posted right before the scouting combine started. Now with so many players seeing their NFL Draft fluctuate, in some cases quite extremely, we’ll be making a lot of changes in our next update.

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Northwestern Basketball Battle Logistics Establishing Home in Rosemont

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Northwestern basketball is coming off the most successful season in school history with realistic expectations of going even further this year.

To get there they must overcome a major hurdle of playing their home games in a different arena way off campus. Welsh-Ryan Arena is being renovated, meaning it’s AllState Arena for the Wildcats this season. The venue, formerly known as Rosemont Horizon, is extremely close to a casino, which is certainly a plus. At that casino, you can play a lot of the same games as you would at casumo, so can still make your trip to Rosemont worth it by getting some gaming in, should the basketball contest not be enjoyable.

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#2 Michigan State Basketball Record Comeback: Inside the Numbers

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The Michigan State basketball program now has a prominent placed in the annals of Rosemont Horizon/AllState Arena history. Today saw the Spartans achieve “Miracle on Mannheim Part 2” in a game that is also historical from both a B1G and national college basketball perspective. 

#2 MSU (26-3, 14-2) won at Northwestern (15-13, 6-9) today by a score of 65-60, in a game where they once trailed by 27 (43-16 with 4:18 to go in the first half. The 27 point comeback is the greatest in B1G history, and the largest biggest in the entire nation this decade. The all time record is 31-points, which was achieved all in the second-half, by Kentucky at LSU in 1994.

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Northwestern Basketball: Time to Look Ahead to Next Season

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Last night saw 2017-18 Northwestern basketball fall into the “got to win the B1G Tournament in order to accomplish anything this season. By having lost at B1G basement boys Rutgers, the Wildcats are now in the same category as all the other B1G teams below Nebraska and Penn State- reduced to playing out the string with pretty much no chance of grabbing a NCAA Tournament at large berth.

As for a NIT at large berth, if anyone still cares to get one and considers that a goal/objective/reward, NU, Maryland, and all the teams below them all have a significant amount of work to do to even reach that point.

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Chris Collins Has Oversensitive, Snarky Response to Media Coverage

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Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins seems triggered by the media coverage of his team this season. Meeting the media right after NU’s biggest win of the season, 61-52 over #20 Michigan, one would have expected the fifth year head coach to be in a bubbly mood.

Instead he was extremely sarcastic and a tiny but prickly. Although he did not name any single outlet or individual media professional by name, he spent a substantial amount of time focusing on coverage which he found to be unfair and negative. Interestingly enough, this was not even the most bizarre press conference that Chris Collins has held this season.

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Illini Revenue Sports Disaster Still Not at Northwestern “Dark Ages” Depths

Illini fans have used many different names to describe the catastrophe that the two revenue-producing sports have become: dumpster fire, tire fire, house on fire, a cartoon dog sitting in the middle of a house fire saying “this is fine.” As egregiously awful as it currently is, and will likely be for a long time, it’s still not unprecedented- not in this conference, and not in this state.

If you go back to the 1980s, a time that many Northwestern fans often refer to as “the dark ages,” you’ll see that things can be worse. It’s always darkest, right before it gets pitch black. Tonight the Illini will welcome #9 Michigan State to their home court, and that’s coincidental (watch a BTN announcer will incorrectly call this “ironic”) as it was these same Spartans who were the most recent team to fall victim to an Illinois revenue producing team back on March 1st.

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Northwestern Basketball Regains Fight, but Maybe too Late

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Northwestern basketball has shown more signs of spirit and indications of internal fire than we have seen in recent weeks. They utterly curb stomped a hapless Minnesota team from start to finish, running away with a 83-60 victory that was non-competitive from the opening tip. However, this is not the same team that was such a sensation last March Madness, and made a splash by winning a NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history.

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Gopher Basketball: Serious Off the Court Mess Overshadows Bad Team

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When it comes to the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball program, you have to ask yourself: “which complete disaster do you want to analyze first? Shall we begin with the off-the-court mess or the on-the-court dumpster fire? What’s happening with Reggie Lynch right now and the Gopher basketball program is much bigger and way more important than a mere game, so let’s start there.

Getting #MeToo and #TimesUp as wrong as the U of M continues to do has a lot more adverse consequences than their consistent inability to score more points than their B1G opponents.

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Michigan State Basketball Rules the B1G, Purdue is Solid, the Rest is Meh

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This current Michigan State basketball team is the class of the B1G, and there is a substantial drop-off below the Spartans. The Purdue Boilermakers were able to shake off a couple bad performances in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving weekend, and now they look very solid.

Then, once again, there’s a massive drop-off to the rest of the league. It’s MSU, Purdue and then just a bunch of guys. Some of those guys are better than the others, but there is no squad that is must see other than the Purdue and Michigan State basketball teams.

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Northwestern Football: Music City Bowl Preview vs Kentucky Wildcats

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For the Northwestern football fan griping about landing in the Music City Bowl, instead of in a so-called “better” bowl game, there’s a much you need edification on. While I do agree with you on a whole lot of points, and admit a strong case for your argument exists, there are still some things you need to be schooled on. 

You have come to the right place, because school is now in session. 

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