2019 NFL Mock Draft 9-10-18

It’s 2019 NFL mock draft at this point. The order is mostly randomized at this point. Don’t read too much into that right now.

Team needs were sometimes, but mostly, not taken into account, as it’s still absurdly early for a 2019 mock draft in the truest sense. Really, it’s more of a glorified prospect list at this point, to be honest. Have issues with the mock draft picks?

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Montre Hartage, Northwestern Secondary Have Off Day vs Duke Blue Devils

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Senior cornerback Montre Hartage could have the highest NFL draft stock of anyone on this 2018 Northwestern football team, but even his skill set couldn’t save the Cats at home versus Duke today. On a day with autumn like conditions, winter has come to the Wildcats’ nine game winning streak (which had been the longest among all FBS teams), as they fell 21-7 at Ryan Field.

Hartage is a stud, but the NU pass defense, as a whole, stumbled today. You can’t really single anyone on the Cats out specifically, as it was a total team let down. The story of the game was the Duke passing attack, as quarterback Daniel Jones was clinical, efficient and precise.

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Northwestern Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils Game Preview, Prediction

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Going all the way back to the Gary Barnett era, the Northwestern Wildcats often lose a September game that they really should not lose, and they sometimes lose that game in a manner not befitting the level of their program.

As Pat Fitzgerald is now 11-2 in season openers, that game comes in week two, three or four, and last season that game was the trip to Duke. The Cats got slaughtered 41-17 in week two last year, and this weekend they’ll be looking to redeem themselves from that 2017 disaster.

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Rondale Moore: What it’s Like to Try and Defend Purdue’s Electric Playmaker

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Rondale Moore announced his presence to the college football world with authority Thursday night. All the Purdue true freshman wide receiver from New Albany, Indiana did in his very first collegiate game was break Purdue’s 46-year old record for most all-purpose yards in a contest with 313 yards.

In a 31-27 loss to Northwestern he rushed twice for 79 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown run, and caught 11 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. As the name Rondale Moore was top ten trending nationally on Twitter, the rookie was compiling 125 yards on five kickoff returns, en route to winning the league’s Freshman of the Week award.

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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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RB Jeremy Larkin the Constant, as Northwestern Shuffles QBs in Win over Purdue

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When the Northwestern football community speaks of tonight’s 31-27 upset win at Purdue, the first topic will undoubtedly be the rotating quarterbacks that Coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff employed. QB1 Clayton Thorson and QB2 T.J. Green alternated series, and if this confuses you, well, we’ll get to that later.

And we promise you, you’ll feel even more confused. While that narrative is obviously the lead, and it will receive plenty of analysis and discussion this week, perhaps the true main story tonight was Jeremy Larkin; NU’s new starter at the tailback position.

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Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers Game Preview, Prediction

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For both the Purdue Boilermakers and the Northwestern Wildcats, there is no “easing into” the 2018 season. They face one another in a pivotal Big Ten West division clash that takes place two days before the season begins in earnest for most everybody else.

All eyes will be upon the nationally televised contest that features a mystery at the most important position of all, quarterback, for both sides.

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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 Northwestern Football Season Preview, Predictions, Prospectus

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Northwestern football has won 10 games three times (2017, 2015, 2012) in the past six seasons, and if they can eclipse that mark by just one in 2018, they will set a new school record. That’s a tall order though considering how strong their schedule is this season.

It’s definitely a great year for fans to come to Ryan Field, as this is probably the greatest home slate, unquestionably so from a brand name stand point, in Northwestern football history. The schedule, along with the health of starting quarterback Clayton Thorson, have been major storylines this preseason.

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Northwestern Football: QB Situation Beyond Clayton Thorson, Present and Future

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Northwestern football opens up early this season, visiting the Purdue Boilermakers on August 30. Will QB1 Clayton Thorson be ready in time? Will we see him out there with the first team at Ross-Ade Stadium?

Thorson said at Northwestern football media day that he’s feeling great and he’ll be good to go, but what if he’s not? The type of injury that he suffered in the Music City Bowl and the typical timeline of recovery and rehabilitation that goes along with it places Thorson’s return in doubt as it is too tight a window of time.

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Northwestern Football Winning Facilities Arms Race: New Fitz Mahal Photos, Videos

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Some call the Ryan Fieldhouse and adjacent Walter Athletic Center “The house that Pat and Pat built.” (referencing Northwestern football megadonor of all mega-donors Pat Ryan and the greatest Northwestern football coach in history Pat Fitzgerald).

Others refer to it as the “Fitz Mahal,” “Taj Fitz,” or perhaps most cleverly, the “Fitz-Carlton.” Wildcat Report summed it up perfectly with their headline “Welcome to Paradise.” However you choose to describe the new Northwestern football headquarters, you’ll inevitably do so in the manner of a person who is extremely impressed.

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Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson: Annual NFL Draft Stock Report

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One year ago, in this time and space, there was talk of Northwestern Quarterback Clayton Thorson going early entry into the NFL Draft.  “Do I believe he will be an NFL quarterback? Absolutely,” said NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald on this topic.

“If it’s after this year, that means he’s had a really good year and that’s win-win for everybody.”

Thorson did have a really good year, continuing to rewrite the Northwestern passing record book. After the regular season ended there was talk of his becoming the highest drafted Northwestern quarterback since Otto Graham, who went #4 overall in 1944.

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