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2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cornering The Market

2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cornering The Market

With the NFL regular season coming to a close and the college football bowl season beginning to wrap up, it's time to begin focusing on the 2017 NFL Draft, which means CSN's first 2017 NFL Mock Draft is here.

The first mock draft is an interesting one, with underclassmen having to still decide whether they're in or out, though likely first-round picks including LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and Stanford running Christan McCaffrey have already revealed they're turning pro. 

In terms of the first round, here's a quick primer before diving into my first mock draft.

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— Teams needing cornerbacks are in luck. Led by Alabama's Marlon Humphrey, there could be 6-8 selected in round one and there's good depth from there. Ohio State sophomore Marshon Lattimore is one to watch when it comes to declaring for the NFL Draft by the Jan. 16 deadline.

— Ezekiel Elliott was the only running back selected in the first round last year. It's conceivable this class could have four and possibly two in the top 10 with Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook. D'Onte Foreman (Texas) is another underclassmen who could end up among the first 32 picks.

— Typically offensive line is an area teams can find help in the first round. Alabama tackle Cam Robinson is the only offensive lineman among the top 25 prospects on the CBSSports.com big board

— Defensive ends Jonathan Allen and Myles Garrett are often considered the best prospects in the draft. There are several other interesting edge rushers likely going off the board in the first round, including Tennessee's Derek Barnett, who led the SEC in sacks. Allen can also play inside and he might be the only interior defensive lineman selected among the top 16 picks. Other tackles, including Malik McDowell (Michigan State) and Caleb Brantley (Florida) are among a group whose projections could shift from mid-first into the second round depending on further evaluation. 

— As for the always coveted quarterbacks, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky is viewed as the best option followed by Kizer. That doesn't mean either should go in the top 10, but that doesn't mean they won't. Clemson's Deshaun Watson could join the top QB discussion with a knockout performance in the college football playoff.

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Ben Standig finished third among 107 entrants in The Huddle Report's 2016 NFL Mock Draft contest and ranks third over the last five years.

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Tom Brady is ready to 'embrace the challenge' of starting over in Tampa Bay

Tom Brady is ready to 'embrace the challenge' of starting over in Tampa Bay

Even for the greats, the NFL offseason is a grind.

For the first two decades of his career, Tom Brady called New England home. Over that span, he's had just one head coach, Bill Belichick, and three full-time offensive coordinators: Charlie Weis, Bill O'Brien and Josh McDaniels.

Year in and year out, things remained relatively the same in New England. But with Brady leaving behind the only NFL franchise he's known for Tampa Bay this offseason, the quarterback has had to tap into a different mental state this offseason, one he hasn't been in for nearly 20 years.

"It’s been different having the opportunity with this time to move and, for example, study my playbook," Brady said Thursday via Zoom in his first media session of training camp. "I mean, I really haven’t had to do that in 19 years. You forget, 'Man, that is really tough.' Like all the different terminologies and you’re going back a very long time in my career to really put the mental energy in like I did."

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For any quarterback, switching teams is a difficult task, even for greats like Brady. However, the move this offseason has been even more difficult due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which effectively eliminated all organized offseason activities across the league.

Training camp has started league-wide, but teams are still a couple of weeks away from real, padded practices. Right now, clubs are mainly doing walkthroughs and installs, working on things that would have already been taught during minicamp and OTAs in a regular offseason.

For Brady, that's also been a difficult adjustment.

"Mentally, that has been the thing that obviously has its challenges and I think you couple that with the coronavirus situation it became even more difficult," Brady said. "I think conversations we probably would have had in April we are having now. I think that part is a bit challenging too."

However, the six-time Super Bowl champion is hoping to embrace the challenges of this pandemic-riddled offseason, rather than to use it as an excuse.

"The only thing you can do is adjust to the situation the best way you can, put as much time and energy in now as we can into it and I think the reality is the clock is ticking on everybody," Brady said. "We’re going to have to work as hard as we can and not waste any minutes of any day trying to get used to one another, embrace the challenge and see it as an opportunity to see what we can become."

And while the quarterback is still in the process of learning Bruce Arians' offensive system in Tampa, Brady reminded us in typical Brady-fashion that he's not worried about the challenges that come with it.

"Mentally, I feel like I have all the ability," Brady said. "I’ve seen every defense. There’s no play I haven’t run. There’s no defense I haven’t seen."

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Justin Bannan, 11-year NFL vet and ex-Ravens DL, pleads not guilty by insanity to attempted murder

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Justin Bannan, 11-year NFL vet and ex-Ravens DL, pleads not guilty by insanity to attempted murder

Justin Bannon, an 11-year NFL player and former Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday after appearing in court as a result of an October 2019 shooting.

Bannan, 41, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder, assault, and burglary this past October after he shot a woman in Boulder, Colorado, according to TMZ.

The woman, who was wounded in the shoulder, survived the shooting and is now suing the former NFL defensive lineman for civil damages. Bannan and the victim worked in the same building but were distantly acquainted, according to FOX 31 Denver.

Shortly after being arrested, Bannan told police he suffers from hydrocephalus, a condition that can cause the loss of reasoning skills, according to FOX 31 Denver. Bannan expressed that he didn't intend to fire at the woman and meant no harm. Additionally, he said he turned off his cell phone because he thought the Russian Mafia was tracking him.

Bannan will undergo a mental health evaluation at a Colorado hospital, according to multiple reports.

An 11-year NFL veteran, Bannan was originally a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2002 NFL Draft. After four years with Buffalo, Bannon signed a four-year contract with the Ravens. In 2008, Bannon puts together the best statistical season of his career for Baltimore, finishing with a career-high 45 tackles.

In addition to spending time with Buffalo and Baltimore, Bannan also had stints with the Rams, Broncos and Lions. He has been out of the NFL since 2013.

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