2012 NFL Draft: defensive notes

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2012 NFL Draft: defensive notes

There's always one position that stands out in every NFL Draft, 2012's is considered to be on of the deepest at defensive tackle in recent history, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

Currently, there are seven DT's that could hear their names called in the first round, the top four being: Michael Brockers, Jerel Worthy, Dontari Poe and Devon Still.

Mayock rates the defensive end position as the worst in this draft. There is some value at DE in the middle-rounds, but only two players are worthy of being selected in the first round.

North Carolina's Quinton Coples is currently rated as the top defensive end in the draft, but Mayock says he would be scared to death of drafting him because he didn't play good or hard during his senior season.

The player that may be the best DE in the draft is South Carolina's Melvin Ingram, who Mayock compares to Justin Tuck because of his ability to play different positions on the defensive line.

More defensive notes from Mayock:

- Three cornerbacks with first round grades: Morris Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick and Janoris Jenkins.

- He's not a fan of Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict and thinks he will be drafted in the late second or early third round.

- If Boston College's Luke Kuechley runs a 4.7 or lower 40-yard dash, he will be a Top 15 pick.

- Likes Notre Dame OLB Darius Fleming and surprised he's not rated higher. Mayock says once teams watch tape on him they say, "Wow there's something here."

Who do you think is the best defensive player in the 2012 NFL Draft? Is there a 'sleeper' player that you have your eyes on in the middle rounds? Let us know in the comment below.

Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

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Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.

The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.

The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.