2017 NFL Mock Draft 2-23-17

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update, and this will be our penultimate update before the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine on-field workouts begin Friday, March 3 with the running backs, offensive linemen and kickers. The schedule continues with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends on Saturday, March 4, linebackers and defensive linemen on Sunday, March 5 and defensive backs on Monday, March 6.

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 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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Chelsea Forward Michy Batshuyai Drawing West Ham, Swansea City Loan Interest

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One of Chelsea‘s two main summer signings, Michy Batshuayi, has not been a major part of the plot this season. Batshuayi scored 26 goals in 62 games for Ligue 1 side Marseille last season, but he’s not playing much at all for Stamford Bridge. Stuck beyond a very much in form Diego Costa.

He’s yet to start a single league game for the Blues in 2016-17, and could be moving on to Swansea City on loan.

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12 Potential Chicago College Football Bowl Game Names

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With the idea of bringing a college football bowl game to Chicago gathering steam, we penned an op-ed on this idea for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read it in full over at this link, and we excerpted part of the introduction below:

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Pitt RB James Conner is the Most Inspirational 2017 NFL Draft Prospect

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You can heat your home from the takes we heard on LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey this past bowl cycle. However, Pittsburgh‘s James Conner is a stellar running back pro prospect who flew under the radar in this past news cycle.

Conner made up his mind to declare for the draft after the regular season ended and before he suiting up and played in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.

“James Conner, he is a legacy player at Pitt,” says Head Coach Pat Narduzzi after the bowl game, Conner’s final collegiate game. “He’s been an inspiration to everybody. He’s going to have a heckuva NFL career, I’ll tell you that.”

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Brent Musburger on Joe Mixon Five Days BEFORE the Sugar Bowl

Legendary, and often controversial broadcaster Brent Musburger is in very hot water today, and deservedly so. During last night’s Sugar Bowl, he made comments about woman beater and Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon that were very tone deaf and extremely insensitive.

After being alerted to how poorly those comments were received by the general public, Musburger tried to walk back his earlier commentary, but again failed. His explanation went over like a lead balloon.

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#15 Western Michigan Football Preview: Cotton Bowl vs #8 Wisconsin

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Cotton Bowl SPREAD: Western Michigan football  +8 1/2

Cotton Bowl Kickoff: January 2nd Noon Central

ESPN TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

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#5 Penn State Football Preview: Rose Bowl vs #9 USC Trojans

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In a big time bowl game, but you couldn’t ask for more of a contrast in culture than you’ll get between these two institutions.

#9 USC and #5 Penn State football bring two fan bases that are about as different as night and day, but equal in their determination  to see their heroes triumph in “the grand daddy of them all,” the 103rd Rose Bowl. 

It’s an edition that will be very fun to watch too.

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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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Danny Kanell Disrespect Motivates Northwestern to Victory

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ESPN Analyst and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell is a polarizing figure.

That’s not news, as he’s got a bit of a football Dan Dakich vibe to him at times. “A little bit” as the Robert DeNiro parody on Saturday Night Live would say, “a little bit.” Kanell and his fellow ESPN college football pundits did not think too highly of 6-6 Northwestern this postseason, and NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald was quick to point that out today.

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Real Reason that College Football Bowl Games were Created

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Have you ever wondered how we got to the point- where there is at least one college football game on television every single day for two and a half weeks from mid December to early January?

Why and how have college football bowl games reached a point where now multiple cities (New Orleans, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego) have both a real bowl game after Christmas and also a junior varsity bowl game before Christmas?

Well, if you know where you’re coming from with bowl games, it’s very easy to understand how we got here and where we’re going.

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