2020 NFL Mock Draft 8-21-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, right here, right now. It’s our second 2020 NFL mock draft update, and the order, for now was simply randomized. Team needs were not taken into account, as it’s just way too early to factor in those. Obviously this will be modified and reworked hundreds of times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day.

So I implore you to really not take this very seriously, and just have fun with it. Please refrain of pointless hostility and needless acrimony in the comments section. Don’t be that guy. Enjoy!

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NFL Season Preview: Favorite, Under the Radar, Dark Horse Team to Watch

By Alex Donohue, Sports Betting Expert for Bet-NJ.com and Bet-PA.com

With training camps getting underway this week, 32 teams begin the seven-month marathon to be the last one standing in February. Free agent signings, trades, and new hires have shaken up the league and potential outcomes for the season ahead, while offering fans renewed optimism.

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USWNT Become First Female Version of 1980s Miami Hurricanes

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Sunday brings the USWNT going for their second straight, and fourth overall World Cup title. The run to the championship game has seen a lot of ostentatious on the pitch celebrations, many of which have been heavily criticized by some.

When possible, the USA has overtly run up the score. When opportunity has presented itself, U.S. Women’s Soccer has engaged in over-the-top, flamboyant showboating gestures that celebrate their scoring strikes. And as an American, it’s been fun. At the same time, as a journalist, I also see the great story and delicious irony of potential emerging narrative if the USWNT should fall short of the ultimate prize.

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Kellen Winslow Jr. Watched Porn in Meetings, Masturbated in Front of Teammates

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Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. will certainly no longer be remembered by football fans for what he did on the football field during his nine year professional career.

Instead the former member of the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who also had brief stops with the Jets, Seahawks and Patriots) is more likely to be remembered as a “compulsive masturbator and pornography enthusiast.”

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Martellus Bennett on How the NFL Discourages Individuality, Free-Thought (Exclusive)

During his NFL career, Martellus Bennett scored more than 30 touchdowns, accrued more than 4,500 receiving yards, won a Super Bowl with the 2016 New England Patriots and earned a Pro Bowl berth with the 2014 Chicago Bears.

Not bad for artist and writer. Bennett was in town last week to do a public reading of his new children’s book “Dear Black Boy,” at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop. A major point he emphatically made, over and over again, is that creating art and literature is more fun than sports. 

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Miles Boykin: Notre Dame WR Could Still Go Round 2 of the NFL Draft

It remains to be seen whether Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin will be a day two or day three guy in the upcoming NFL Draft, but the second round is a definite possibility for him. It may also be his ceiling, given how deep and talented the wide receiver class is this time around. 

Having emphatically answered the number one question NFL teams had about him, his speed and ability to separate, there seems to be a strong, perhaps bordering on certain, sentiment that he’ll go within the first four rounds. Wednesday was Notre Dame Pro Day, and Miles Boykin caught passes from from former Fighting Irish QB and current Quarterbacks Coach Tommy Rees:

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Julian Love Improves 40 Time, Augments NFL Draft Stock at Notre Dame Pro Day

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When it comes to the NFL Draft stock of Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love, his body of work on the field speaks for itself. The Jim Thorpe award finalist was, many would argue, the best cover corner in college football this past season. 

You can see that in just how much the trajectory of the Cotton Bowl semifinal against Clemson changed when he left the game due to injury. 

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4-25-19 Final Edition

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! It’s our second update since the NFL Draft night invitees list was announced. It’s all starting to fit into place now with the Scouting Combine, free agency, pro days all behind us. We made a few more more changes this week, and the big night in Nashville will soon be upon us.

(Also, here is our very first 2020 NFL mock draft over at this link) Have issues with the picks? Of course you do. Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section.

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Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery: NFL Draft Stock Not Affected by Injury, Surgery

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All 32 NFL teams were represented at Notre Dame Pro Day yesterday with interior defensive lineman Jerry Tillery not able to physically participate in drills as he continued his recovery from surgery to repair the torn labrum he suffered early this season.

Once Notre Dame Pro Day activities were completed, Tillery met with the media where he made it clear that he’s “feeling amazing” two weeks after the procedure, and that his shoulder status is currently “outstanding.” During the week heading into the NFL Scouting Combine it was revealed that Tillery suffered the tear back in September, in a home win over Stanford.

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Dexter Williams: Notre Dame Running Back Seems Destined for Day 3 of NFL Draft

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No matter what you think of Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams as a NFL Draft prospect, you have to admit he has a very strong work ethic.

At Notre Dame Pro Day on Wednesday, you could hear it in his loud grunting during the drills, and you could feel it in the way his grunts echoed throughout the Loftus Sports Complex. In front of 48 total NFL personnel, representing all 32 teams Williams put in a monumental effort.

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Listing 70 of the Worst NFL Draft Cliches, Buzzwords, and Assorted Word Salad

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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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Northwestern Football: Your 2019 NFL Draft Guide

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We’re now exactly one week out from the NFL Draft (our full mock draft is available at this link), but if you’re a Northwestern football fan, you don’t really need to pay attention until the final day. That’s because none of the Wildcats pro prospects are expected to be taken until rounds 4-7 (a week from Saturday) at the earliest.

The three 2019 Scouting Combine participants who represented the Northwestern football program- quarterback Clayton Thorson, cornerback Montre Hartage and linebacker Nate Hall are not projected to be taken on Thursday (round one) or Friday (rounds two and three). We do however, have linebacker Paddy Fisher in the first round of our 2020 mock draft. 

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