2012 NFL Draft Capsule: CB Dre Kirkpatrick

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Dre Kirkpatrick (CB), Alabama
6-3 192 lbs.

2011 Stats:
30 tackles, 4 TFL, 9 PD, 2 FF
Projection:
Mid-to-late first round

Strengths:
Possesses elite size and overall length for the position. Showcases a long, angular frame with some natural muscle tone through his arms and lower half. Demonstrates an impressive combination of patience, instincts and physicality off the line in press coverage. Displays the ability to sit low into his stance, and slide his feet laterally, mirroring off the line and funneling his man toward the sideline. Is at his best however in zone coverage. Demonstrates "plus" instincts and feel in coverage, keys off the quarterback well and quickly is able to decipher routes developing around him. Exhibits impressive change of direction skills for a bigger guy in space. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
Doesn't possess great lateral quickness and can be out quicked off the line at times. Lacks a great first step and will allow receivers to get behind him vertically. In off man will struggle to quickly change directions and get out of his breaks. Needs to have his hands on receivers and be physical off the line in order to consistently limit separation. (National Football Post)

Fit for Bears:
Kirkpatrick is arguably the best tackling cornerback in the draft, but he lacks elite speed and that will likely drop him to the bottom half of the first round. The Bears have Charles Tillman in place and just re-signed Tim Jennings, but the addition of Kirkpatrick would give them a young defensive back that contribute right away and be a starter for many years to come. At this years NFL Scouting Combine Kirkpatrick told CSNChicago.com that he would welcome the opportunity to learn from an established corner like Tillman if he was lucky enough be selected by the Bears. Kirkpatrick also made it known that he always has the ultimate goal of winning a title in mind, which served him well during a pair of National Championships at Alabama. Kirkpatrick is a winner. He is hungry to prove he has what it takes to perform at a high level in the NFL and be an impact player on a Super Bowl team.

DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

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Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.