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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Penn State Football, Now is the Time to Do the Right Thing

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They say that character is what you do when nobody is watching.

I totally agree.

I also know that your brand is defined by what you do when everybody is watching. Congratulations Penn State football, you have arrived once again, back at the top of the college football world as you were once before. The journey back from the NCAA slap-on-the-wrist (the governing body even reduced the sanctions, walking back from the original punitive measures) is now complete.

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Penn St. Running Back Saquon Barkley Could be a 2018 First Round Pick

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is rushing his way onto the national college football map. He’s also running towards his place in the 2018 NFL Draft conversation. Currently, the spark-plug for #5 Penn State’s offense is projected to be a top 15-top 20 back in ’18 and the number one back off the board. 

He is the keystone state school’s primary weapon, a big reason that QB Trace McSorely was able to shatter Matt McGloin’s school record for single season passing yards.

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Wisconsin Badgers, Penn State Nittany Lions Playoff Possibilities

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College football is a sport with a long established tradition of having controversy and debate woven into the very fabric. On Sunday, the discussion will be all about who’s the top four? Who’s left out #5 and #6. Someday, in the not too distant future it’ll be wh0’s the top eight? And who got left out and nine and ten?

It’s really up to ESPN- they’ll ultimately decide when we got from four to eight as they’re the ones who are paying the bills on college football these days. They ponied up the dough for the broadcast rights, and like any and all media corporations, controversy is their oxygen, and debate is their lifeblood.

Saturday night in Indianapolis, the Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions could add more fuel to that debate fire.

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#7 Penn State Nittany Lions vs #6 Wisconsin Badgers: B1G Title Game Preview

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It will be very difficult for the Wisconsin Badgers versus Penn State Nittany Lions game at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night to match the Ohio State-Michigan “El Classico” last weekend, but it could happen. The B1G Title game Saturday night is like the Electoral College, with OSU-UM the popular vote.

Last weekend’s “The Game”  is the de facto B1G Title match-up while this one is the de jure championship. The winner of last week’s clash is in the playoff, and the loser might be as well.

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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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New York Jets Should Give Christian Hackenberg a Shot Soon

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I couldn’t agree more with NFL Network Analyst Michael Robinson, in his summation of the New York Jets’ quarterback struggles: “At some point, you have to see what you have in these young guys like Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick is back to being the starter for now, but he’s obviously not the guy for the future. Today he shook off an ugly first half to throw for 222 yards and a touchdown, leading the Jets (3-5) on three long scoring drives after they spotted the Cleveland Browns (0-8) a 13-point lead.

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Penn State Football Players Opine on Paterno Statue Revival Movement

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This past Friday marked the fourth anniversary of the Joe Paterno statue being removed from Beaver Stadium.

Exactly two weeks ago, we learned that the heinous, repulsive crimes of Jerry Sandusky were brought to the attention of Paterno as far back as 1976! 

In light of these revelations, there is still remains a movement to restore the Paterno statue to the place it once occupied outside the cathedral of Penn State football. On July 5th, the public was made aware of the petition, signed by over 200 former Penn State football players, to re-install the Paterno monument at Beaver Stadium.

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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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USWNT D Ali Krieger an Interesting Olympic Statistical Anomaly

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Ali Krieger, who will be 32 when the Olympics begin, becomes the oldest first-time U.S. Olympian for women’s soccer. That seems like an odd statistical anomaly- how did this happen for a defender who has 90 caps with the United States National Team?

Krieger was an alternate in 2008 for Beijing, and would have made the 2012 London team, but she suffered an ACL tear during the qualifying tournament. Despite the lack of Olympic experience, Ali Krieger is very accomplished internationally. Krieger and company routed Japan to achieve the third star on the USWNT jersey last summer, representing America’s third World Cup title. That’s more than any other nation.

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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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