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Draft Chatter: Where do mock drafts go wrong?

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Draft Chatter: Where do mock drafts go wrong?

This is the time of year where we hear many firm declarations by draft prognosticators, both paid and unpaid, about what will unfold when the draft starts.

“There’s no chance that Player X gets past Team Y.”

“He’s a surefire first-round talent.”

“Team A has absolutely no interest in player B; he’s not a fit for them.

Then the draft starts and Team Y bypasses Player X, Mr. Surefire gets taken somewhere in the third round, and Team A trades up to make sure it gets Player B.

And this isn’t because the Mel Kipers and Mike Mayocks of the world are dumb. It’s just that they can’t possibly know everything.

In an article on the National Football Post, agent Jack Bechta outlines a few things that cause players to rise or drop on draft boards. And he’s talking about the real draft boards, the 32 that reside in NFL team facilities, not in the home office or basement of some self-styled draft “expert”.

Medical condition—Players’ medical data from college, from the combine, and from visits to individual teams is supposed to be kept confidential. Usually, it is. That will often explain why that “surefire” first rounder languishes on the board until Saturday.

Character—There is more to character than just staying off of the police blotters. Work ethic and love of the game are variables that count a lot in the eyes of some teams. NFL teams have the resources to dig deep into the backgrounds of potential draft picks. Draftniks, even those who work for major media outlets, don’t.

Football IQ and fit—Many pros who work for teams have difficulty figuring this out for their own teams. “Most draftniks don’t have the personal experience and football IQ to project a player to be a fit for all 32 teams,” said Bechta.

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Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

Rob Kelley hopes cutting out his favorite fast food restaurants means a better 2017

While his job and athletic ability separate him from most commoners, Rob Kelley is just like you and me when it comes to his diet. Well, when it came to his old diet, actually. 

Like many, the second-year Redskins running back loves him some crispy fried chicken, buttery, pillow-like biscuits and piping hot french fries. He also can get down with piles of nuggets, double cheesburgers and creamy milkshakes. 

But during this offseason, Fat Rob is looking less and less so, and that improvement is largely due to some new eating habits.

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"Changed the diet up," Kelley told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay this week at the former's youth camp (full video above). "Slowed down on the fast food and processed food and tried to eat more healthy."

When asked what places he's specifically cut out from his rotation, Kelley answered with a laugh. It wasn't a happy laugh, though — it was like one of those laughs people let out when they're feeling major pain but not trying to show it.

"Popeyes. McDonald's," he said. "Not trying to discredit those fast food places, but just, it's not working well for me."

Limiting trips to those establishments can no doubt be a difficult task (it's OK to nod your head in agreement) but it's also working for the 24-year-old. He told Finlay he thinks he's lost about six pounds since OTAs and now checks in at 229 thanks to his workouts and an increased reliance on Whole Foods, vegetables and his grill. 

But just because he's shedding pounds doesn't mean he's shedding the moniker that caught on during his rookie campaign. He may be trending closer to Svelte Rob than he is to Fat Rob these days, but No. 20 is going to keep his nickname moving forward anyway.

"It's always accurate," he said.

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Top selling jersey in Virginia and Maryland is not a Redskin or Raven

Top selling jersey in Virginia and Maryland is not a Redskin or Raven

Virginia and Maryland may be Washington Redskins/ Baltimore Ravens country, but their fans are not buying their jerseys. That is at least for the month of May. 

NFLShop.com released their top jersey sales for May 2017 on Thursday morning and the un-retired Marshawn Lynch was the top seller for the nation in the 31-day span. Even if his return does not pay off on the field for the Oakland Raiders, it paid off in terms of sales. 

In the same release, NFL Shop revealed the top jersey per state in the same month and it was not a Washington Redskin or Baltimore Raven at the top of the list for Virginia and Maryland. Instead, it was Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady. 

Brady, a five-time Super Bowl champion, was the top seller in 17 different states, the most of any player.

The latter is not that surprising, but Brady owning Virginia and especially Maryland is. 

In terms of the Top 25 overall, there are no Redskins or Ravens making the list. Overall Brady was No. 2, followed by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The first rookie, DeShaun Watson, came in at No. 5.

There may be a multitude of reasons for the Brady-love, aside from the typical bandwagon fans, but it does make one think which jersey are you confident in buying?

Other notable jersey sales:

#6 Derek Carr -- Oakland Raiders quarterback
#11 James Conner -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back 
#17 Colin Kaepernick -- San Francisco 49ers (currently unsigned quarterback)
#25 Adrian Peterson -- New Orleans Saints running back

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