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.

Wednesday on CSN: Northern Iowa hosts South Dakota State

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Wednesday on CSN: Northern Iowa hosts South Dakota State

Northern Iowa tries to break its four-game losing streak as they hose South Dakota State on Wednesday night. This game will be carried live on CSN with a 7:00 p.m. tip.

The Panthers (3-4) started the season with wins over power-conference teams like Arizona State and Oklahoma before dropping the last few games.

Senior guard Jeremy Morgan is off to a strong start this season as he's putting up 15.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.9 assists per game. 

They'll get a solid test from South Dakota State as the Jackrabbits have one of the best mid-major players in the country in sophomore Mike Daum.

The 6-foot-9 Daum is averaging 20.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season as he's the frontrunner for Player of the Year in the Summit League this season.

Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

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Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

CSN will have two quality college basketball matchups on Saturday as two Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge games will be featured live.

Bradley (4-3) has Nevada (6-2) in town for a 7 p.m. game Saturday on CSN while Illinois State (3-2) will host New Mexico (5-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday on CSN+.

The Braves have alternated wins and losses all season as they hope to build momentum off of a road win over Eastern Illinois.

Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces Bradley at 15.3 points per game on 48 percent three-point shooting while junior guard JoJo McGlaston is putting up 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

Nevada enters this one winning four of their last five games as senior guard Marcus Marshall is averaging 20.0 points and 3.9 assists per game. Sophomore forward Cameron Oliver has been generating some pro buzz as he's averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range.

In the second contest, Illinois State is hoping for a key non-conference win against a quality opponent. Senior forward Deontae Hawkins is doing some solid damage as he's averaging 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while junior forward MiKyle McIntosh is at 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.

Proviso East product Paris Lee is also having a good year at guard for Illinois State.

New Mexico is led by a former area product as Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Tim Williams is averaging 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Lobos. Junior guard Elijah Brown, the son of former NBA coach Mike Brown, is also playing well for New Mexico as he's putting up 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.