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NFL Draft: Top 5 running back prospects

NFL Draft: Top 5 running back prospects

As the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago quickly approaches, CSNChicago.com is releasing a list of the Top 5 prospects at each position leading up to Day 1 of the draft on Thursday, April 28. Next up is running back.

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

6’0” | 225 lbs.

2015 stats:

289 carries, 1,821 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns

Scouting Report:

"Where He Wins: A foundation piece of an NFL offense and a complete back. Zeke’s eyes and feet are so in tune that he seamlessly shifts his line to accommodate blocking strengths and positioning. Elliott turns plenty of three-yard gains into eight-yard carries with balance, agility and power. He might be the best pass-protecting running back I’ve seen out of college, on top of being a solid receiving option." — Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com

2. Derrick Henry, Alabama

6’3” | 247 lbs.

2015 stats:

395 CAR, 2,219 YDS, 28 TD | 11 REC, 91 YDS

Scouting Report:

"Where He Wins: A great athlete for a 6’2/242 lbs ball carrier. Defenses will need to slow him down behind the line and attempt to tackle him low, because once he is up to speed Henry is a monster. When allowed the second level, Henry has long speed to outrun defenders or power to gain a few yards after contact, if not run over them completely." - Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com

3. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech

5’10” | 213 lbs.

2015 stats:

198 att., 1,073 yds., 19 TD; 33 rec., 464 yds., 7 TD

Scouting Report:

"Highly determined runner with a strong desire to compete through the whistle on every snap. Dixon possesses outstanding feet with exciting suddenness in his change of direction, but he’s very willing to finish his runs with authority and has a knack for finding the endzone. Dixon has all the traits of being a quality, three­-down starter in the NFL but his frame and suspect pass protection could be long-term concerns." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

4. C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame

6’0” | 220 lbs.

2015 stats:

157 CAR, 1,029 YDS, 11 TD | 26 REC, 308 YDS, 1 TD

Scouting Report:

"Ascending running back prospect with the physical build to handle a workload, the athleticism to create for himself and the hands to keep stacking total yardage up. While Prosise has the acceleration and play strength to fit into an NFL offense, he needs to become a shade more decisive and has to improve in protections if he is to become a three-­down option. Prosise looks like an immediate "committee" runner with future starter potential." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

5. Devontae Booker, Utah

5’11” | 219 lbs.

2015 stats:

268 CAR, 1,261 YDS, 11 TD, 37 REC, 316 YDS, 0 REC TD

Scouting Report:

"Rhythm runner who has experience in a pro­-style running game and who gets better with the more carries he has. Booker is a three-down running back who has the toughness and determination to grind out short yardage while possessing the vision and footwork to create for himself when near the line of scrimmage or the second level. Booker isn?t fast, but he plays at a consistent speed and should have enough quickness to be consistently productive as an NFL starting running back." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Click here for profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player. Video analysis provided by NBC Sports and Rotoworld NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

Kurt Warner has no idea what the Bears are doing on offense

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Kurt Warner has no idea what the Bears are doing on offense

With the city of Chicago still reeling from the Bears recent 36-25 loss against the Saints, everyone from NFL analysts to your co-workers are offering up their hot takes on how the Bears offensive game, particularly QB Mitch Trubisky, could do better.

Kurt Warner, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback with an illustrious history, took to Twitter to give his two cents on why the Bears offense is struggling.

After twelve years in the NFL, taking both the Rams and the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, Warner might just know a thing or two about offense. However, Warner seems just as confused as the rest of us as to what’s not clicking for the Bears. Here’s what Warner had to say.

We all feel you, Kurt. It’s been a struggle to watch indeed. He later goes in to respond to comments in the thread, defending the much maligned Trubisky by saying that he is not the only thing wrong with offense this season.

It will be interesting to see how the Bears respond to this painful loss and the recent bought of criticism. Matt Nagy insists the team is drowning out all outside noise and focusing on their game, but we’ll see if this loss was the wakeup call the team needed when they face off against the Chargers in Week 8. 

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After expecting to close, Ditka's Restaurant extends lease to stay open

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After expecting to close, Ditka's Restaurant extends lease to stay open

After being in a “fourth and long” situation to keep Ditka’s Restaurant open, it appears the restaurant has extended its lease in the Gold Coast.

Diana Ditka, wife of former Bears coach Mike Ditka, told the Chicago Sun-Times of a new year extension on their lease. The restaurant has been open since 1997.

Last year the hotel that the restaurant resides in was bought by new owners who planned to do renovations. That complicated a new lease and it appeared Ditka’s Restaurant would close at the end of the year. Instead, they came to a resolution.

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