2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition

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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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Michigan Football Set to Challenge Ohio State’s NFL Draft Record

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Michigan football is sixth all time with 351 total NFL Draft selections. Only USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Nebraska have more. The Wolverines’ arch-rival, Ohio State, hold the record for total selections from one school in a single draft, 14, set in 2004.

Could this group of Michigan football players moving on to the pros come close to that mark? Maybe even tie it? I really didn’t even think it was possible until a reporter brought it up towards the end of Mike Mayock’s media conference call.

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Ohio State Football: the Kentucky Wildcats of the NFL Draft

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Ohio State football has become the Kentucky Wildcats of the gridiron– a class of 5-star prospects enter the program every year while another class of blue chips leaves school early for the professional ranks.

In both Lexington and Columbus, it’s “succeed and proceed,” “plug n play,” “rinse and repeat” each season.

The NBA allows “one and done,” but in football you need to be out of high school for at least three years. As a junior you can “three and flee,” or as a redshirt sophomore you’re eligible for a “two and tutelo.” As Stephen Colbert told John Calipari when he had him on his show, it must rhyme in order for it to be valid.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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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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Win or Lose, Ohio State Has Already Restored the B1G

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Editor’s note: this Ohio State and B1G essay is by guest contributor Hans Hetrick

Let us revel in the 2016 Ohio State Michigan game one more time before the bowl season plays out.

This year’s version of The Game, a rivalry that badly needed a classic game, deserves another tribute. The annual post-Thanksgiving matchup between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes gave us a game to be truly thankful for, a rollercoaster ride of great defense, missed field goals, a last second game-tying, field goal, two overtimes, controversial officiating, an unusually animated Urban Meyer, and a mercurial Jim Harbaugh turned up to eleven.

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Brent Musburger Nails It Regarding New Year’s Eve College Football

Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger doesn’t just “get it.” He absolutely knocked it out of the park on this one. Once again this year, College Football is trying desperately to claim New Year’s Eve as it’s day, by holding the Final Four playoff games on December 31st.

Once again, it’s not going happen, and the ratings will tank, like they did last year. It’s just not happening, as Musburger pointed out, and why. In the 2017-18 bowl cycle, the semifinals will shift to January 1st (Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl).

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2017 NFL mock draft 12-22-16

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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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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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