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Briggs cracks list of 'Top 100' NFL players

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Briggs cracks list of 'Top 100' NFL players

Every Wednesday night throughout the offseason the NFL Network is counting down the Top 100 players of 2012. Currently, only one Bears player is on the list, Lance Briggs, who came in at No. 72. Briggs was ranked ahead of linebackers' Derrick Johnson (Chiefs), NaVorro Bowman (49ers), London Fletcher (Redskins) and D'Qwell Jackson (Browns).

Some notables from the NFC North that made the list:
No. 92: John Kuhn (FB), Green Bay Packers
No. 80: Jordy Nelson (WR), Green Bay Packers

With the rankings not even halfway complete, there's still a good chance you'll see other Bears players crack the Top 100:

---Statistics from 2012---

Brandon Marshall: 81 REC, 1,214 YDS and 6 TD
Jay Cutler: 2,319 YDS, 13 TD and a 85.7 QB rating

Matt Forte: 1,487 total yards, 4 TD and 4.9 YPC

Brian Urlacher: 102 tackles, 2 FR, 3 INT and 1 TD

Devin Hester: 28 punt returns, 2 TD; 33 kick returns, 1 TD

Do you think any of the current Bears are worthy of Top 100 status? If so, click here to vote. Which players do you see having a break-through season and jumping up the charts in the 2013 rankings? Let us know in the comment box below.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.

The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."

His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.

During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.

The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.

The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.

Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack.