In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order at the regular season. We sorted the playoff teams based on how we’re predicting the NFL playoffs will shape out. The NFL breaks ties in draft order by reverse order of strength of schedule. Thus we don’t know for sure who will be picking #14 and #15 between Indianapolis and Minnesota’s pick (which is owned by Philadelphia), as the NFL has not confirmed the order officially.Follow paulmbanks
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?!”Follow paulmbanks
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.”Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
Editor’s note: this feature on Josh Booty and LSU quarterbacks is by guest contributor Crissy Froyd
Over the years, LSU has produced some incredible athletes who have achieved exceptional NFL careers.
However, there’s one particular position the Tigers have always struggled with- quarterback. After all, it’s been 43 years since Bert Jones, the last LSU QB to truly have a successful career in the NFL, was drafted into the league in 1973.Follow paulmbanks
“When you have that kind of confidence in your quarterback, it changes the dynamics on your squad,” said NFL Network Analyst Bucky Brooks about Derek Carr. Brooks made the comment after watching Carr lead the Raiders to a comeback victory over the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers despite a dislocated pinkie finger on his throwing hand.
Yes, on his throwing hand. Carr the’s primary reason that the Oakland Raiders stand tall at the top of the AFC playoff picture right now.
As we head into the fourth quarter of the season, Oaktown is right there with the New England Patriots in the battle for AFC supremacy and playoff home field supremacy.Follow paulmbanks
Are you ready to re-fight and replay the infamous “Tuck Rule Game?” Otherwise known as the Snow Bowl or the Snow Job, the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff game was played on January 19, 2002 and it was the final game in the history of Foxboro Stadium. The New England Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders 16-13 in one of the most controversial games of all time.
The Pats then went on to win the Super Bowl that season and into Gillette Stadium the next year. The Oakland Raiders won the AFC the very next season, then fell off the map until just this season.Follow paulmbanks
Daily fantasy football, a subset of fantasy football, has grown considerably in popularity over the past couple of years and it’s only going to get bigger.
It’s a game where players compete against one another by building a team of players from NFL teams under a salary cap, earning points on the actual performances of their players, with the opportunity to win real-life cash prizes.Follow paulmbanks