2017 NFL mock draft 8-26-16

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A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. 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. Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Illini Football: 2016 NFL Draft Return a Future Springboard?

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In 2016 Lovie Smith takes over an Illini football program that recently had a really good reputation as a NFL vocational development school. Then Mike Thomas came along; and hired Tim Beckman. For two years the NFL Draft then became an Illini football free zone. Illinois excelled in winning draft night up until 2014, as the program was then shut out in 2015 and 2016.

The Illini were among the best, if not the best in the Big Ten when it came to being a NFL Draft factory, which we covered in more detail here.

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Oakland Raiders 2016 NFL Draft: Mixed Bag, Mixed Opinions

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It’s hard to concisely summarize the fifth draft of Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, because it was such a mixed bag. Their first round pick, Safety Karl Joseph of West Virginia was definitely a big reach, right?

Or was it?

Not really when you find a guy who fills a need to solidify the pass defense. We knew coming in that Oakland was going to prioritize DB, and that’s exactly what they did. Likewise with the two Big Ten Defensive Ends, Jihad Ward of Illinois and Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State.

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70 AWFUL, HORRIBLE NFL Draft Scouting Report Cliches

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By this week, all the soundbites for every NFL draft prospect now run together into an indecipherable word salad. Actually, it all becomes gobbedly-gook well before this week, due to the over-usage of cliches. All the Draftniks do it:

Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Jon Gruden most of all. Gruden speaks with a much higher buzz word/NFL draft catch-phrase per sentence percentage than anyone. If I sat down and watched Gruden’s “QB Camp” show again, this list would be four times as long.

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Steve Mariucci on What Connor Cook Brings to the Oakland Raiders

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What a tumultuous NFL Draft for Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook.

Entering Thursday, many people thought he had a decent chance at becoming a first round pick. We covered the multiple destinations within round one where he could have conceivably landed. If he didn’t go round one, then we almost certainly thought he’d be selected in round two or three on Friday night. However, it didn’t happen as Connor Cook was to night two what Laremy Tunsil was to night one.

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Jaylon Smith: Dallas Cowboys Make Great Long Term Investment

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Former Notre Dame Linebacker Jaylon Smith will be taking a professional version of “a medical redshirt year.”

Smith will be out of football for 2016, as his recovers from nerve damage in his knee. Heading into the Fiesta Bowl, Smith was projected to be a sure fire top five pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Many draftniks had him the best overall defensive player on their big boards.

Some mock drafts had him going as high as #3, but the conversation drastically changed on New Year’s Day in Arizona. In the first half of the Fiesta Bowl he tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL

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Happy Draft Day!!!! This will be our penultimate 2016 NFL mock draft update, with the final version coming late this afternoon.  To get you ready for the draft, here’s a list of 40 NFL Draft buzzwords, catch-phrases and cliches that you’ll hear tonight, and all weekend, from the TV network draftniks.

“He can make all throws when you put him in space a hand in the round guy road grader space eater people mover who plays faster than his tape.”

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Rico Gathers: Baylor Hoops Star as Future as NFL Tight End

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With the 2016 NFL Draft starting up tomorrow all 32 teams are making their final preparations, hoping to find the right players to to propel them up the NFL power rankings next season. While most teams have their draft boards ready, they might have to make room for one more name as representatives from 24 teams have made a trip down to scout former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers.
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Jared Goff, Not Carson Wentz, Going #1 overall to L.A. Rams

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California Golden Bears Jared Goff will be your #1 overall selection at the NFL Draft Thursday night in Chicago. It’s locked and loaded. The Los Angeles Rams will have a California product to rebuild their relocated franchise around.

It’s time to revise and edit your 2016 NFL mock drafts now as the L.A. Rams just don’t believe Carson Wentz is truly NFL ready.

According to The Big Lead:

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Dallas Cowboys 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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Dallas Cowboys fans, Be sure to check out the Walter Football 2016 NFL Mock draft database, now with 262 mocks included. It’s the biggest and best mock database on the whole world wide web. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

Complementing our own mock, we choose a few select mocks that we know have a great track record of being accurate. We only included mocks done by draftniks that we’ve worked closely with enough to trust the integrity of their work.

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Philadelphia Eagles 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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Philadelphia Eagles fans, Be sure to check out the Walter Football 2016 NFL Mock draft database, now with 262 mocks included. It’s the biggest and best mock database on the whole world wide web. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

Complementing our own mock, we choose a few select mocks that we know have a great track record of being accurate. We only included mocks done by draftniks that we’ve worked closely with enough to trust the integrity of their work.

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Britt McHenry and the annual NFL Draft “April Surprise”

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The NFL Draft unites as a nation; a record 32 million tuned in for the 2014 edition. You know what else unites us- a story that comes from far out in left field and appeals to our most basic instincts. Speaking of clickbait, there might not be a better phrase to describe NFL mock drafts.

You can’t help it. You can’t stop it. You have to click and see what player the media outlet has projected to your team.

You know what else is major clickbait- attractive women behaving badly. A really scandalous story makes for “an internet sensation,” or “going viral.”

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