2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Fletcher Cox

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox (DT), Mississippi State
6-4 295 lbs.

2011 Stats:
56 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 5 sacks, FF

Projection:
Mid first round

Strengths:
Possesses an athletic looking frame with a long set of arms and has the frame to get even bigger. The more space he's in the better off he is because he can use his athleticism to shed blockers. Cox is at his best stopping plays before they start by knifing his way into the backfield and fighting his way through contact. He can cross the face of defenders inside and use his length to keep himself clean. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
He doesn't do a great job sitting into his stance off the football. Gets a bit upright off the ball in the run game and too often allows defenders to get under his pad level and create a push inside. He isn't over instinctive as well when asked to find the football and takes himself out of his fair share of plays. Also, his power on his bull rush is negated because he stands upright into contact, looking to simply lower his head at the point and doesn't keep his legs under him. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
The question surrounding Cox is: Will he be a defensive end or defensive tackle in the NFL? If the Bears see him as an end, he could be someone they snatch up if he falls to No. 19. Being nearly 300 lbs, Cox generated buzz at the NFL Combine and wowed scouts with his athleticism. Chicago is desperately seeking a pash-rushing end and their first round selection could come down to either Cox, Whitney Mercilus or Quinton Coples.

Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

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Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

College basketball is back on CSN on Saturday as two local teams will be featured in live conference matchups.

In the first matchup at 11 a.m., Eastern Illinois will host Austin Peay in an Ohio Valley Conference clash on CSN+ while the second matchup has Evansville hosting Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference game at 1 p.m. on CSN.

Eastern Illinois (9-8, 1-3) is coming off of a conference loss to Murray State. Junior guard Montell Goodwin leads the charge for the Panthers as he's averaging 14.8 points per game on the season. Austin Peay (5-13, 1-3) just earned a tight win over SIU-Edwardsville to help end an 11-game losing streak. Junior Josh Robinson is having a strong season despite the losing as he's averaging 21.2 points per game for the Governors.

The second game will be on the main CSN at 1 p.m. as Southern Illinois (10-8, 3-2) tries to bounce back from a loss to Bradley. The Salukis are led by sophomore guard Armon Fletcher as the Edwardsville product leads the team at 13.7 points per game.

Evansville (10-8, 1-4) is coming off of three consecutive losses as the Purple Aces are trying to figure things out at home. Senior Jaylon Brown has been one of the Valley's premier scorers this season as he's putting up 20.9 points per contest.

MVC basketball doubleheader on CSN

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MVC basketball doubleheader on CSN

Missouri Valley Conference basketball is back on CSN on Wednesday as a doubleheader begins at 6 p.m.

In the first game, Loyola will travel to Wichita State to face the Shockers in a 6 p.m. tip while the second game features Northern Iowa traveling to Bradley in a game that tips at 8 p.m.

Loyola (12-5, 2-2) has won two straight games as Chicago products Milton Doyle (Marshall) and Donte Ingram (Simeon) are both playing well. Doyle barely missed a triple-double in a win over Northern Iowa and followed that up with a career-high 35 points in a win over Bradley. Ingram has returned from a knee injury to give the Ramblers a boost as he had 25 in the win over Northern Iowa.

Wichita State (14-3, 4-0) has won five straight as they once again look like one of the Valley's best teams. Junior forward Darral Willis Jr. leads the Shockers in scoring at 12.1 points per game while sophomore Markis McDuffie is putting up 11.8 points per game. 

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The second game of the doubleheader features Northern Iowa taking on Bradley. The Panthers (5-10, 0-4) have dropped five straight games as they're struggling to find help for senior guard Jeremy Morgan.

Bradley (7-10, 2-2) is coming off of a home loss to Loyola but they've had a solid bounceback season in head coach Brian Wardle's second year. The Braves only won five games all of last season as the roster has been revamped for this season.

Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces the Bradley offense at 12.2 points per game while junior forward JoJo McGlaston is putting up 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.