2017 NFL mock draft 6-20-16


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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Corey Robinson, David Robinson’s Son, Retires From Notre Dame


Corey Robinson is one of the many celebrity offspring who have played football for Notre Dame during the Brian Kelly era. The son of “The Admiral” himself, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, announced that he has decided to end his career with the Fighting Irish, due to concussions.

He will remain with the team as a student assistant coach.

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A.J. Hammons a Mid-First Rounder Says Fran Frischilla


The much discussed, and very often scrutinized, Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons will finally be drafted into the NBA in a little over a month. A four year guy, this seems like it’s been a very long time coming as there was chatter the last two seasons about whether or not Hammons would or should make an early entry into the professional ranks.

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and he was asked about a handful of prospects from the state of Indiana.

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Jaylon Smith: Dallas Cowboys Make Great Long Term Investment


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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Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley to Ravens at #6 Makes Sense


Editor’s note: this article ran originally on April 7th. Now in light of the Ravens selecting Ronnie Stanley.

Ronnie Stanley, when he speaks at media opportunities, reminds me of The Simpsons episode when Homer joins the U.S. Naval Reserve. Entitled “Simpson Tide,” it’s a quasi-parody of Crimson Tide, as Homer, through fate and circumstance, ends up as a de facto Captain of a nuclear vessel.

Before boarding, Captain Tenile addressed the men:

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL


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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Notre Dame Football: 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing


There are two Notre Dame football players who appear to be NFL Draft first round locks next week- OL Ronnie Stanley and WR Will Fuller. DL Sheldon Day could go in the second or third round. OLB Jaylon Smith was a top 5 overall pick projection before he got hurt in the Fiesta Bowl, but now he appears to have fallen out of the first round entirely.

Where he ends up now is anyones guess.

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2016 Notre Dame Football: QB Controversy to Be Top Storyline


With the Blue and Gold “game” occurring this past weekend, we’re reminded that 2016 Notre Dame football season will get here before you know it. (Here’s the link to our way too early Notre Dame football season preview by the way) When ND training camp opens up this summer, the top storyline will no doubt be a good old fashioned “quarterback controversy.” 

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2016 NFL Draft FULL LIST of Green Room Invites


The 2016 NFL Draft will be soon be upon us- just two weeks and change now. For the second year in a row, my hometown becomes draft town, as Chicago will once again host the NFL’s selection party. Here’s who made the cut into this very select group of 25. Ohio State leads the way with five; tying the all time record.

Here’s a link to more on that. Also, here’s the link to our latest mock draft.

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Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise Projects as a Fourth Round Pick


Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise was well traveled throughout his college football career even though he stayed with the Fighting Irish the whole time. He came to South Bend planning to be a defensive back, converted to wide receiver, and then later to running back.

ND had depth and talent at wide receiver, but really needed reinforcements and tailback. By the end of the season, the Irish were at their fourth, or maybe fifth choice at tailback. Fourth or fifth depends on where you define the beginning of the season, and where you draw the line on the depth chart.

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2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and a few McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]