Picks #22-#32 were based on a composite of current NFL power rankings. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”Follow paulmbanks
You’ll hear “Christian Hackenberg is overrated,” or something to that effect, just about as much you’ll hear “Christian Hackenberg is the next big thing!” Sometimes, you’ll hear both of these diametrically opposed positions during the same game week, multiple times.
Hackenberg is a product of the social media age, in which attention spans are shorter than they’ve ever been, and the “takes” by sports media personalities are hotter than ever.Follow paulmbanks
There were plenty of big wigs in attendance today as Penn State football travelled to Evanston, Illinois to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace was in the press box, along with three scouts from the Chicago Bears, and personnel from five more NFL teams: Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings.
There were also reps from three bowl games: Florida Citrus, Holiday and Foster Farms.Follow paulmbanks
We may see some #Sackenberg this Saturday at Ryan Field. Penn State football is more than QB Christian Hackenberg, but as he goes, usually, so go the Nittany Lions. He started slow in the first two games, but has really heated up in the six games since then. For the first time under James Franklin, he’s living up to the scouting/NFL Draft hype.
Hack is starting to look like the QB he was under Bill O’Brien again.Follow paulmbanks
The absence of Tim Beckman this year means that Penn St. football fans will have to find some new machine to rage against when they host Illinois this week. Don’t worry, there’s always grist for the mill (but not Zack Mills) somewhere, even though college football’s answer to Elder Cunningham in “The Book of Mormon” is no longer around to incite incendiary rage within PSU supporters.
This series has seen an exciting back and forth between the two teams in the past half decade or so. We’ll see on Halloween if the trend continues.Follow paulmbanks
We don’t do Big Ten football power rankings here because well, every single website in the entire world does that. What we do instead is the “one thing we learned about each team” this week. Yes, there are people who do this bit as well, but their version is more “PR friendly.”
Put it this way, it’s the same routine, but those people do a rendition that’s like the music of Will Smith/The Fresh Prince and D.J. Jazzy Jeff. We’re more like N.W.A./Dr. Dre/Ice Cube/Eazy-E. We’re warning you now- explicit lyrics to come. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
It’s early but Penn State star Anthony Zettel is rated among the top two or three Defensive Tackles on NFL Draft board. Right now he’s a sure fire NFL Draft first-rounder; as long as he stays healthy and produces. NFL scouts love his work ethic and discipline, and regard him to be an over-achiever, but also can over-achiever with tremendous talent.
“Anthony Zettel is strange in a good kind of way,” PSU Coach James Franklin said at Media Day.
“I’m a very open person and I kind of like to put people in uncomfortable positions where I know they’ll be kind of uncomfortable,” said Zettel at Media Day.Follow paulmbanks
The mystery of Christian Hackenberg NFL Draft stock is captivating NFL and college football scholars across the nation. Ever since he became the leader of Penn State football, Hackenberg has made for a fascinating character study. He won Big Ten freshman of the year during his one season in Bill O’Brien’s system. His numbers were so prolific that draftniks everywhere started penciling him as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Then last year happened, and he took a very significant step back. However, he also closed the campaign with the finest game of his young career in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Let the over-analysis of pervasive talking points commence! It’s time for the Never Too Early Penn State football season preview.Follow paulmbanks
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.
Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.
You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.
Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.Follow paulmbanks
Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.
Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.
Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.
You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.Follow paulmbanks
College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend. Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 6/5/15 [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
It’s not too early to talk top quarterback prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft. In fact, lots of people have already been doing it for quite some time. And here at this link you can find our 2016 NFL mock draft (version 1.0 we did back in January) with six signal callers in it.
Christian Hackenberg leads the way; yes even despite the very poor 2014 season that he had. There’s an amazing confluence of factors at work here: bad OL, lack of depth at WR, system wasn’t suited to his talents. We’ve covered this in excruciating detail.Follow paulmbanks