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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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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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