2018 NFL Mock Draft 5-18-17


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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EXCLUSIVE: Lane Kiffin on Twitter Controversy, Why He Chose FAU over Bigger Programs

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Roughly a decade ago, Lane Kiffin became one of the youngest head coaches in NFL history at age 31 when he accepted the Oakland Raiders.

Since then he’s had short stints at Tennessee, USC and Alabama. After departing from the Crimson Tide earlier this year, Kiffin was offered a number of opportunities at powerhouse college football programs all across the country. Thus, many were a bit surprised when he chose Florida Atlantic University over the more brand name programs.

What made FAU more appealing? We asked Lane Kiffin this exact question during our exclusive with the Owls Head Coach.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition


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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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List


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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Khalil Mack Rise Accurately Predicted by Tony Gonzalez Two Years Ago


(UPDATE: Saturday night saw Oakland Raiders Linebacker Khalil Mack win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Back in August of 2015, The Sports Bank sat down with NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, and talked quite a bit about the Raiders, including a whole lot of conversation about the Raiders. We decided to re-publish that exclusive with Gonzalez, as he pretty much called the rise of Mack. See the quotes below)

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Oakland Raiders AFC Wild Card Game Preview, Prediction

It’s quite rare to see a 12-4 team as underdogs to a 9-7 in a NFL playoff game, but that’s life with the Oakland Raiders sans Derek Carr. You saw Carr’s NFL MVP bonafides last week as you saw what Oakland degenerated into without him. Yes, the Houston Texans are favored over the Raiders, and by how much depends on who you do “for novelty purposes only” with.
The house always wins, but some houses are giving the Oakland Raiders +2.5 points while others are all the way up to a touchdown.

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Can Connor Cook be the Oakland Raiders Savior?


In the build-up to the 2016 NFL Draft, the narrative around Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook paralleled a story line from the Kevin Costner film “Draft Day.”

The media just would not shut up about how Cook wasn’t named a team captain at MSU, and you could almost hear Costner’s character repeatedly asking, as he did in the film about the fictional blue chip prospect, “WHY DIDN’T HIS TEAMMATES COME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY?!”

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Oakland Raiders Officially “Back” (Playoff Berth, Seven Pro Bowlers)


It’s finally official now- the Oakland Raiders are truly “back.” At 11-3, with a postseason berth clinched, and now six Pro Bowlers, the Silver and Black, for the first time since the 2002 season, have once again “arrived.” Who better to announce the resurgence than the man who led that team to the AFC Championship that season, winning the league MVP honors that fateful season.

“They have been a legitimate contender for a while, said Rich Gannon on his weekly CBS Sports Network talk show this week.

“They have been pretty consistent throughout the course of the season…They’re playing terrific football. A lot of it has to do with the leadership of Jack Del Rio. The message to the football team in the locker room yesterday  really hit home to me.”

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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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Lane Kiffin to Coach FAU, Leave Alabama after Playoff


Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will coach his final game with the Crimson Tide once their college football playoff run has completed. Kiffin was a serious candidate for the Houston Cougars Head Coaching job, but will instead become the new head man at Florida Atlantic University, Bama Head Coach Nick Saban confirmed.

“FAU has selected someone that’s going to do a great job for them,” Saban said on campus on Monday at a news conference to promote the upcoming Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

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Charles Woodson Next “A Football Life,” Raiders, Michigan, Packers Fans Rejoice


We poked a lot of fun at NFL icon Charles Woodson in the preseason when he picked the Oakland Raiders to win the Super Bowl, and Khalil Mack to win the MVP back in the preseason.

His picks look more astute and insightful now don’t they? It wasn’t just blatant HOMERISM by Woodson for his former teammates last season as he began his career as a NFL Analyst for ESPN. While we still have plenty of issues with a lot of the Charles Woodson punditry body of work, we’re still very very excited about NFL Network’s Charles Woodson: A Football Life.

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Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and the Oakland Raiders Have Arrived


Those who went out on a limb this preseason and said Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders would be dominant this year have looked like sooth sayers. They have seen those prognostications realized. We Actually kind of saw this coming last preseason. We had a couple exclusive conversations in the  summer of 2015, with Jim Nantz and Tony Gonzalez, about the potential of the Raiders to be competitive last season.

Both Nantz and Gonzalez conveyed some optimism for Derek Carr and company. Gonzalez was really very high on Khalil Mack.

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