2012 NFL Draft: defensive notes


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.

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


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


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.