Five Notre Dame Football Players to Watch this Season (Offense)

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Expectations for the 2017 Notre Dame football team are modest at best, but this group does bare a couple resemblances to Coach Brian Kelly’s two best teams. In both 2012 and 2015, Notre Dame relied on a very strong offensive line, and they won with inexperience at quarterback.

This year’s Fighting Irish obviously have inexperience at QB, but also again have a very stout OL, the strength of their team. So we start right there in assessing five players to watch on offense for the Irish this fall.

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Five Notre Dame Football Players to Watch this Season (Defense)

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Although 2016 Notre Dame football was just 4-8, the Irish lost seven of those eight by eight points or fewer. That tells you how they’re really not all that far away. If they tighten up on defense, the side of the ball that definitely has more room for improvement, the Irish could end up flipping that record to 8-4 in 2017; provided they shore up a few other things and nothing else goes wrong.

Notre Dame football fans do have some cause for optimism though, especially when you look at these five defensive players.

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Notre Dame QB1 Brandon Wimbush: What Fans Can Expect

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Notre Dame was unranked in the preseason coaches poll, and that’s understandable given how they’re coming off a 4-8 season. Additionally, DeShone Kizer, the team’s starting quarterback and arguably best/most important player last season, left school early to play in the NFL.

The new QB1 in South Bend is Brandon Wimbush, who is inexperienced and thus an unknown quantity. However, he’s very talented, and brings a dynamic skill set to the table. He also has the advantage of not having to look over his shoulder this preseason, or worry about quickly getting the hook should he make a mistake.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 7-13-17

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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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2018 NFL Mock Draft 6-29-17

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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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Notre Dame Football in Top 25 Range Nationally, Say Preseason Preview Magazines

There are 93 days until 2017 Notre Dame Football season begins on Saturday Sept. 2nd when the Fighting Irish host Temple. If that seems like a long ways away, then consider this, ACC Media Days will be here in 51 days.

In the meantime, let’s look at what those preseason college football publications (the magazines make such great beach/poolside reading don’t they?) are saying about the Irish.

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Mike Pence Gives Notre Dame Stadium Speech; Many Students Walk Out (Video)

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Former Indiana Governor and current Vice President Mike Pence was given a seriously cold reception at Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday. Pence, granted the honor of giving the Notre Dame Class of 2017 commencement address on Sunday, saw a large group of students walk out on him as began his speech.

Dozens (the South Bend Tribune estimates the total number at about 150) of graduating seniors staged a peaceful, civil protest by exiting Notre Dame Stadium. Here below are three different videos, with three different vantage points, of the walk-out.

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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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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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FULL LIST: NCAA Tournament First Round Tip Times, Announcers, Channel Assignments

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Full listing of channel assignments, tip off times and announcer pairings for the entire first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy!

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