2017 NFL Mock Draft 3-23-17


Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update.

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.

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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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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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Notre Dame Football: NFL Draft Stock Updates on Four Guys not Named Kizer

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The NFL Scouting Combine commences this week, and the event nicknamed the “shirts and shorts Olympics” is of great interest to Notre Dame football fans everywhere. There’s obviously the speculation surrounding quarterback DeShone Kizer, who might really be the first QB off the boards (we cover him in detail at this link). 

In addition to Kizer, Defensive linemen Jarron Jones and Isaac Rochell, along with running back Tarean Folston and linebacker James Onwualu are in the NFL Draft conversation. 

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DeShone Kizer “Blew the Doors Off” Combine Interview Says 49ers GM

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San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch said yesterday that DeShone Kizer “blew the doors off” his interview at the NFL Scouting Combine. That was totally expected by anybody who has ever interviewed him. During postgame media availability at his final home game, Kizer answered one of our questions by saying that he’s a proud intellectual.

That’s really saying something, and we must applaud him for it, especially given the current backlash against intelligence, expertise and just even basic facts in our country right now.

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2017 NFL mock draft 12-22-16


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.

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Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer Enters NFL Draft, Discusses Decision


It was discernible that evening Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer had just played his final home game as a college football player. That day, he said he did not know if the loss to Virginia Tech would be his final game and he did not give a definitive answer either way.

However, reading in between the lines, and watching his body language, it seemed very likely. The fact that it was obviously the right decision to go, according to logic and reason, made the assumption easy.

Today Kizer made it official, and ended speculation.

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Catholics vs Convicts Review: Compelling Amalgam of Previous 30 for 30s

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The next ESPN Films 30 for 30, “ Catholics vs Convicts ”, premieres 9 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, directly after the Heisman Trophy presentation. The timing of this debut is understandable, as it nicely helps fill the gap on the one specific Saturday during the college football season in which there isn’t much actual football; bridging the gap between the regular season and the bowl season.

However, a golden (pun intended) opportunity was missed, as the University of Miami just came to Notre Dame to play the Fighting Irish on October 29th; with ND winning an exciting, tightly contested affair.

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Notre Dame Football vs #12 USC Trojans Game Preview

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(UPDATE: Since the composition and publication of this game preview, a bombshell was dropped which completely overshadows all other aspects and circumstances surrounding this game. The Notre Dame football program was hit with severe sanctions by the NCAA, as they will now have all their wins from 2012 and 2013 vacated. ND immediately appealed the decision.)

Here’s a link to much more on this. Now, back to the game preview-

Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly tried to inject some dry comedy into the season, because at this point it’s the healthiest coping mechanism you can have.

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Brian Kelly Defiant as Notre Dame Hit with Huge NCAA Sanctions


Brian Kelly will be the Head Notre Dame football Coach next season- let’s just get that out of the way right now.

Yes, in spite of today’s revelations, and regardless of how the team finishes out a dreadful 2016, Kelly will survive, so although that’s a very unpopular outcome right now, it is still the most likely scenario.

Kelly has strong support from Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, so he will return, in spite of the NCAA ruling today vacating all his wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview vs Virginia Tech Hokies


Virginia is for lovers but Virginia Tech is for sacrifice at the altar of bowl hopes. Your Notre Dame football team must take this one, Senior Day in South Bend, and then the Golden Shillelagh game at USC in order to qualify for a bowl game. Good luck with that, as it’s a tall order. Va Tech have fallen out of both polls but the Trojans are #13 in one poll, #15 in the other.

I think the Fighting Irish can split the difference, but winning both is going to be a tough task.

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Notre Dame Football: Photos of Today’s Shamrock Series Uniforms


The University of Notre Dame football program unveiled the uniforms for this year’s Shamrock Series game. This contest is Notre Dame’s sixth annual Shamrock Series event, an off-campus home game which will be have played versus November 12th in San Antonio.

The previous Shamrock Series events were played in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis and Dallas.

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