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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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Week 3 injury report: Eddy Pineiro questionable

Week 3 injury report: Eddy Pineiro questionable

It appears the Bears will face a little more uncertainty in Monday night's contest with the Redskins than originally anticipated. The team released an updated Week 3 injury report Saturday that lists four key players -- Trey Burton (groin), Eddie Jackson (shoulder/knee), Kyle Long (hip) and, in a late-week turn of events, Eddy Pineiro (knee) -- as questionable:

Eddie Goldman, who was limited in practice on Thursday with an oblique injury, was a full participant Friday and Saturday and does not have an injury designation in the most recent report.

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Eddy Pineiro’s leg injury throws Bears’ kicking status into flux, again

Eddy Pineiro’s leg injury throws Bears’ kicking status into flux, again

Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro was a surprise addition to the team’s injury report Saturday afternoon, and is officially listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against Washington with a right leg injury.

Coach Matt Nagy sounded optimistic the injury is “minor” in nature, and said despite feeling some pain Pineiro did kick in practice on Saturday. But the mere inclusion of him on the injury report raises concerns about the Bears’ kicking situation only six days after it appeared to have been solved with Pineiro’s game-winning 53-yard kick against the Denver Broncos.

“I think what we’ve got to do as these days go by let’s just see where he’s at,” Nagy said. “I’m going to be on the cautious side with him and we’ll just kind of feel out the pain part and if it’s something that’s going to affect him, then we’ll have a decision to make. If not — hopefully he’ll be okay.”

Nagy said the injury occurred in the weight room at Halas Hall, and stressed the cautious approach he and the Bears’ training staff is taking to Pineiro. And the Bears’ coach consistently presented an optimistic outlook for Pineiro when answering questions from the media on Saturday.

Still, if Pineiro cannot play on Monday, the Bears will be in a bind. Punter Pat O’Donnell has never attempted a field goal in his NFL or college career, though Nagy did say O’Donnell “has some experience.” The most recent memory of O’Donnell working on field goals came during halftime of a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, when then-kicker Cairo Santos was hurt, though he didn’t attempt a kick in the second half of that contest. 

“I don’t want to rush to judgment yet,” Nagy said. “That’s not where we’re at. I really do think that we’ll be okay. We just want to make sure that we’re doing everything the right way with him, with his pain, and we’ve got to communicate with him, see how he feels, and it’s probably going to be one of those deals where in a couple days where he’s at and we’ve got to make a decision.”

So all of a sudden, Pineiro’s status will be critical to monitor in the hours leading up to Monday night’s game (the Bears have to submit inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff). If Pineiro is unable to play, will the Bears actually use O’Donnell for field goals? Or will Nagy lean into his aggressive nature and try to convert fourth downs and two-point conversions?

It feels disappointing for the Bears to even have to entertain these questions at this point. If Nagy’s optimism proves to be founded, the Bears won’t have an issue Monday night. But if they do, it’ll put plenty of pressure on a sputtering offense to make sure a game against a winless team doesn’t come down to another kick.

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