2017 NFL mock draft 12-7-16

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In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of Monday morning November 28th, 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.

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Michigan and Ohio’s Toledo War of 1835, and the Frostbitten Convention

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This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention.

This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called. The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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#3 Michigan Football: The Game Preview vs #2 Ohio St. Buckeyes

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“You’re a terrorist if you’re not excited about this game,” a friend told me as #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State on November 18th, 2006 approached.

I was in fact excited about the game, in which both teams entered undefeated, I was just mocking the EXTREME HYPE that the media was creating for it. (I know the media over-hyping something?! Who knew, right?!) “The Game,” in Columbus like this year’s meeting will be, was actually extremely exciting and very entertaining. The Buckeyes won it 42-39, the day after Bo Schembechler died.

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B1G Basketball Power Rankings: Every Team as a Past or Present Presidential Candidate

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It’s November 8th B1G basketball fans! Huzzah, if you’re reading this it means that we actually made it through the strangest, ugliest and most low brow election cycle in the history of our glorious democracy. Election Day fell on the latest possible day that it possibly could, and that’s unfortunate, given how one poll showed that 13% of respondents preferred a meteor hitting the Earth to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

Hey, it’s all over tomorrow and then we can all move on to other past times like college hoops, which tips off its season on Friday.

Viva la Revolucion!

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#3 Michigan Football: Wolverines have National Title Bonafides

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“You’re a terrorist if you’re not excited about this game,” a friend told me as #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State on November 18th, 2006 approached.

I was in fact excited about the game, in which both teams entered undefeated, I was just mocking the EXTREME HYPE that the media was creating for it. (I know the media over-hyping something?! Who knew, right?!) “The Game,” in Columbus like this year’s meeting will be, was actually extremely exciting and very entertaining. The Buckeyes won it 42-39, the day after Bo Schembechler died.

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Ohio State Football: a Relaxed, Confident J.T. Barrett is Huge

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What a difference a year makes. In this very spot a season ago, defending champion Ohio State football was engulfed in a good old fashioned quarterback controversy. It was a three man battle between J.T. Barrett (2014 second team All-American, 5th in Heisman voting), Cardale Jones (the man who led them to three straight upset postseason wins and the national title) and Braxton Miller (two time Big Ten Player of the year).

It was the most over-covered college football story in the entire nation during the 2015 preseason/offseason.

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Two Ohio State Football Players who could be First Round Picks

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Ohio State football dominated the 2016 NFL Draft in an SEC like manner. All those early entries into the draft made the Buckeyes a lot like an Alabama or an LSU. Of course, a high number of early entries means that this year’s draft class will see a drop-off. Yes, that’s true but we’ll still probably see some Buckeye representation in the first round.

It comes in the form of two 2015 Second-Team All-Americans Sr. OG Pat Elflein – Associated Press, SI.com and Jr. LB Raekwon McMillan – Walter Camp

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“Negative Recruiting” Against James Franklin? MSU, OSU Coaches Respond

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Throughout the spring and summer, more shocking revelations about Joe Paterno have emerged. These findings further damn his legacy. Prior to this year, it was widely known that Paterno was made aware of the fact that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was a child rapist.

What we’ve learned in 2016 is that Paterno knew his second-in-command was a child rapist as far back as 1976. It goes without saying how awful this fact is, and how that affects the Penn State football brand.

That damaged brand obviously affects recruiting, and provides serious obstacles for James Franklin.

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All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns

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Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2006 and their most recent title came in 1997.

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Greg Schiano Denies Witnessing Sandusky Child Molestation

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano denies that he witnessed a sexual molestation at Penn State in the 1990s.

Schiano, currently the Defensive Coordinator at Ohio State Tweeted this out today:

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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Evan Turner Gets $70 Million Deal, Redefines “Journeyman” Term

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When Evan Turner was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Indiana Pacers on February 21st, 2014, his deal highlighted an extremely dull NBA Trade Deadline day.

There are trade deadline days some years that are extremely boring and painful. Then there was the 2014 NBA Trade deadline day, which made those kind of deadline days that I just described look exciting and interesting. Since then Turner left the Pacers for the Boston Celtics, and today he announced his departure for the Portland Trail Blazers. That means Evan Turner has now been on four different rosters in just two years and four months.

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