2019 NFL Mock Draft 12-12-18

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft time! The order is based on how teams have performed up until this point in this season, and what is expected of them the rest of the campaign and the playoffs.

Team needs were sometimes, but often not taken into account, as it’s still early for a 2019 mock draft in the purest sense. A true 2019 NFL mock draft can’t really be composed until after 2019 free agency. Have issues with the picks? Of course you do!

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College Football Postseason: They Want Chaos and Debate, Never Sensibility and Reason

Mark Twain famously said that history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. Today’s college football playoff debate does in fact rhyme with the BCS, and the AP/UPI/Coaches/Insert Poll Name Here era of “deciding” the national champion. When it comes to the college football postseason, it’s all about the click-bait, and conflict, of course moves the needle. 

The same will hold true if/when they go to 8, and then if when they go to 16. Today it’s about #5 and #6 getting shout out. In the future it will be about #9 getting shafted, and then #17 getting left out; if and when it comes to that. It may not because the more teams you add, the fewer the number of deserving teams get jobbed.

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Four Ohio State Football Players with First Round NFL Draft Stock

Ohio State football has become like a gridiron version of the Kentucky Wildcats, at least in regards to the draft, these days. We’ve seen plenty of Buckeyes “succeed and proceed” lately, leaving school early with eligibility still on the table in order to cash in. American online bookmakers are handicapping the first player selected in the NFL draft race, and one Ohio State player, DL Nick Bosa, has very favorable odds.

Let’s take a look at what 2018 Ohio State football players, underclassmen or other wise, could be drafted in the first round come April.

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#6 Ohio State Buckeyes vs #19 Northwestern Wildcats: B1G Title Game Preview

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The 2018 Big Ten Championship Game will feature the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes versus the #19 Northwestern Wildcats, a match-up of two teams at opposite ends of the league spectrum on several dimensions. OSU has arguably the largest and most zealous fan base in the league; NU not so much. 

Likewise when it comes to media attention and history of overall success. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald on the attention disparity between Northwestern and Ohio State:

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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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Purdue Football Preview: Week 7 vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

It would be the most massive understatement of understatements to say that Purdue football will step up a few weight classes in competition this week. Last weekend, the Boilermakers did to Illinois what the Fighting Illini did to them in 2015- destroy their Homecoming by absolutely obliterating them.

Coincidentally that was year three of the Darrell Hazell era just like this is year three of the Lovie Smith regime. It’s becoming clear now that Lovie is Illinois’ disaster hire much like Hazell was Purdue’s.

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Michigan State #1, Purdue #2 in Big Ten Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

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Believe it or not, Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday. Yes, hoops talking season arrives though it may not feel like it, given the 80+ degree temperatures in much of Big Ten country currently. Some schools have actually already had their media days, and you know what that means- overlap season is here.

So while every single outlet on the planet is posting Big Ten football power rankings today, we’re doing the hoops equivalent. 

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Urban Meyer Still Doesn’t Get it, or Doesn’t Think He Needs to

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Monday saw Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer hold his first press briefing since he finished serving the three game suspension handed to him by the University. He was suspended due to his mishandling of the domestic abuse allegations leveled against now former assistant coach Zach Smith, who has had a working relationship with Meyer since 2002.

When Meyer took to the podium, he did the same thing that he’s been doing every single time he’s discussed the Zach Smith fiasco- making things worse for himself and his employer- the Ohio State University. Meyer has dug himself a hole, and his way of trying to get out of it is by digging further.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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Republishing from 9-16-17

To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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College Sports Fans Beware the Nefarious Influence of the Recruiting-Industrial Complex

It’s really astounding when you think about it- in an era when almost no one is willing to pay for news content, recruiting services can survive and thrive off a subscription-based business model.

The year-round extensive coverage of college recruiting, at every step in the process, has destroyed media coverage of college sports. It’s not just the rise of the recruiting-industrial complex itself that ruined it. Recruiting sites flourished at the same time social media exploded and these two phenomena fed off of each other to concoct a toxic cocktail.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 4-26-18 FINAL EDITION

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. The big night, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is now upon us. What will happen at Jerry’s World/The DeathStar? Our best projections follow below.

With only 32 picks to go around, yes, there will be a guy or two that you feel very strongly should be a first rounder, but got left out. Sorry, but it’s inevitable. Also, many of you will strongly disagree with the projections here, and with the write-ups, but try to be respectful about it in the comments section.

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Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft Mocksourcing: Denzel Ward or Tremaine Edmunds?

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The Chicago Bears are bound to get a great prospect #8, given a.) they have so many needs and b.) it’s a deep draft across multiple positions. The consensus seems to believe that Chicago should go cornerback or linebacker here, but obviously you couldn’t go wrong trying to beef up the line to protect the investment in Mitch Trubisky either. Some mock drafts slot an OG to the Monsters of the Midway.

They also need wide receiver help, but that could wait until a later round. Without further ado, let’s dive right in to the Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft mocksourcing.

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