Notre Dame Football: 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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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

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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

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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

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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…]

Jaylon Smith to the Chicago Bears at #11; Not a Crazy Idea

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Like Curtis Conway told me at the NFL Network Draft Media luncheon in Chicago, Foxy will go heavy defense, let him go heavy defense. Let John Fox this team. Hence they should draft Defensive Best Player Available at the #11 pick next month.

Given that the Chicago Bears desperately need to rebuild their linebacking corps, why not go Jaylon Smith, the early entry from Notre Dame? Well, there’s a lot of reasons not to go there, and we’ll get into that. Bottom line though, the era of Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher today feels like it was 30 years ago, not 3.

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NFL Draft Stock BUYING: Will Fuller, Jalen Ramsey, Eli Apple, more

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If the NFL Draft were a stock market, then this week, the Scouting Combine, would be some of most heavily traded days of the year. So Who’s stock increased/decreased in value?

This is who we’re BUYING:

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Urban Meyer, Brian Kelly will be analysts for Natl Champ pregame

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They could have both just stayed in the Valley of the Sun and avoided some of this harsh Midwestern winter. Both Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will serve as pregame analysts for ESPN tomorrow night for the National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Meyer and Kelly are reuniting at the home of the Arizona Cardinals just 10 days after Meyer’s Buckeyes defeated Kelly’s Fighting Irish 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.

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2016 Notre Dame football: an early outlook, analysis

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Critical Injuries were the main story line of the 2015 Notre Dame football season, and this theme persisted the entire way. It began with DT1 Jarron Jones going down for the season as summer training camp opened, and it ended with the team’s best overall player, LB Jaylon Smith suffering a torn MCL and ACL in the first quarter of the Fiesta Bowl.

He’ll undergo reconstructive knee surgery tomorrow, and from there we’ll see how this devastating development impacts his decision to return for another season.

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Notre Dame star LB Jaylon Smith suffers torn ACL, MCL

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(Update Jan 6th) ESPN’s Chris Mortensen Tweeted out that Jaylon Smith suffered a torn ACL and MCL. He will reportedly undergo reconstructive knee surgery on Thursday.

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Notre Dame Football vs Ohio St: Fiesta Bowl Preview

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Somebody call up Gnarls Barkley, or maybe the Pussycat Dolls and get them booked for the Fiesta Bowl halftime show because it’s 2006 all over again.

Notre Dame football will once again face Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Maybe we can get in the ’06 spirit by using MySpace to discuss how important the Ohio electoral races will be in the midterms.

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