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Cutler ranks among the most disliked in NFL

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Cutler ranks among the most disliked in NFL

The results are in...and Jay Cutler is the second most disliked NFL player in the game today.

The only person more out of favor with the fans? Ndamukong Suh, the Lions defensive tackle that has mauled Cutler on numerous occasions, including Monday night in Chicago.

Forbes took info from Nielsen and its partner, E-Poll Market Research to compile the most and least liked NFL players.

Cutler came in at 21 percent appeal rating, while Suh was at 19 percent. Michael Vick, whose image took a huge hit in the public eye with the whole dog-fighting scandal, is third on the list, followed by Randy Moss, Matt Leinart, Tony Romo, former Bear Kyle Orton (and currently Romo's backup), Santonio Holmes, Mark Sanchez and Brady Quinn.

Brian Urlacher's appeal rating of 57 percent ranks as the eighth-highest in the league. The 10 most liked players are as follows:

1. Troy Polamalu
2. Drew Brees
3. Charles Woodson
4. Peyton Manning
5. Aaron Rodgers
6. Rob Gronkowski
7. Robert Griffin III
8. Urlacher
9. Donald Driver
10. Matthew Stafford

Oddly, Tom Brady and Tim Tebow, two names that always find their way into the news, are not among the 10 most liked players.

The NFC North is well represented in the most-liked category, claiming five of the 10 spots, including three Packers (Woodson, Rodgers, Driver) and one Lion (Stafford).

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

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Scott Changnon

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.

With 17 games in 17 days (most of which come against contending teams), the Cubs started things off right with a series victory in St. Louis.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.