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Top 12 NFL Draft prospects according to a 12-year-old

Top 12 NFL Draft prospects according to a 12-year-old

As anticipation for Thursday night’s NFL Draft in Chicago builds, we know fans are in search of the latest player projections. To help ease the process, we enlisted a rising star in the industry. 

Camden Robbins is a 12-year-old Illinois native and big board wizard. He reached out via Twitter and gave us some insight into his “best available” before the first round begins. 

Here’s a look at the 12-year-old’s Top 12 prospects: 

1. Myles Jack - LB, UCLA

Jack is a flexible and fast player. Jack even played a little running back for the Bruins.

2. Laremy Tunsil - T, Mississippi  

Tunsil is the best offensive lineman in this draft. Tunsil has good hands. He also has good balance and footwork.

3. Joey Bosa - DE, Ohio State

Bosa is a very talented player. He is quick and strong. My favorite thing about him is his motor. He never quits. That is the mentality that can make you successful.

4. Jalen Ramsey - CB, Florida State

Ramsey is a flexible guy. Ramsey can play both cornerback and safety. The fact that he is both versatile and explosive makes him a threat.

5. Ezekiel Elliott - RB, Ohio State

Elliott is the best running back in this Draft. He is versatile and quick, but he will also block and catch the ball. Ezekiel Elliott is the complete package. 

6. DeForest Buckner - Oregon

Buckner is an athletic guy. NFL coaches will be pleased with his work ethic. He has loads of potential.

7. Josh Doctson - WR, TCU 

Doctson has good hands and run after the catch skills. He is also very competitive. Doctson’s injury worries some people, but people don't realize but that was a one-time injury. 

8. Carson Wentz - QB, North Dakota State      

Wentz is very athletic and a good player outside the pocket. He can't throw the deep ball consistently. In today's NFL, that is almost a skill you have to have. General managers don't want someone who can't make a long throw to tie or win a game. They want people who can throw the ball downfield accurately. 

9. Jared Goff - QB, California

Goff is not very good outside the pocket. He can't run like Paxton Lynch and Wentz. He can throw the deep ball, though. That may get some general managers over on his “side.” I still like him because of his throwing abilities. 

10. Vernon Hargreaves III - CB, Florida

Hargreaves has speed but he is short. Covering the likes of Dez Bryant and Alshon Jeffery would be hard matchups because of the size difference. He is short, but he is also strong. 

11. Leonard Floyd - DE/LB, Georgia

Floyd is tall and lanky. He has to put on more weight before the season. Floyd is the best off the edge. He’s very explosive. I am excited about Leonard Floyd’s potential. 

12. Darron Lee - LB, Ohio State

Lee has speed and instincts. He is a good tackler. He is a competitive player and has good potential at the next level. 

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Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start by new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

The Bears concluded their second round of OTAs on Thursday with the third and final set of voluntary sessions scheduled for May 29-June 1. Coach Matt Nagy is bringing a new and complicated system to Chicago, so the time spent on the practice field with the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been invaluable.

"We’ve thrown a lot at Mitch in the last 2 ½ months,” Nagy told Dog Days Sports’ Danny Kanell and Steve Torre on Friday. “He’s digested it really well.”

Nagy’s implementing the same system he operated with the Chiefs, an offense that brought the best out of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. The former first-overall pick went from potential draft bust to MVP candidate under Andy Reid and Nagy’s watch.

Nagy admitted he and his staff may have been a little too aggressive with the amount of information thrust upon Trubisky so far.  It took five years to master the offense in Kansas City, he said, but the first-year head coach sees a lot of similarities between his current and past quarterbacks.

"These guys are just wired differently,” Nagy said when comparing Trubisky to Smith. “With Mitch, the one thing that you notice each and every day is this kid is so hungry. He wants to be the best. And he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. He’s so focused.”

Smith had the best year of his career in 2017 and much of the credit belongs to Nagy, who served as Smith’s position coach in each season of his tenure in Kansas City. He threw for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the five regular season games that Nagy took over play-calling duties last year.

Nagy said Trubisky has a similar attention to detail that Smith brought to the Chiefs’ quarterback room.

"Each and every detail that we give him means something. It’s not just something he writes down in a book. He wants to know the why,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He’s a good person that is in this for the right reason. His teammates absolutely love him. It was the same thing with Alex [Smith] in Kansas City.”

A locker room that believes in its quarterback is a critically important variable for success, one that Nagy already sees exists in Chicago.

"When you have that as a coach and when you have that as being a quarterback, not everybody has that, and when you have that you’re in a good spot.”