2016 NFL Mock Drafts: Who will the Bears pick in the first round?

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The 2016 NFL Draft is upon us, with the first round taking place Thursday night in Chicago. By now, I’m sure everybody has had their fill of mock drafts and it’s time to end the speculation and start revealing answers.

The question on the minds of Chicagoans is: Who will the Bears pick in the first round?

Before the Los Angeles Rams officially are on the clock at 7:00 p.m., here’s a compilation of mock drafts suggesting whom the Bears might select with the 11th overall pick.

A’Shawn Robinson, DE, Alabama

Greg Bedard, SI.com
Sam Farmer, Chicago Tribune: “If Leonard Floyd is gone, the Bears can bolster their defensive front with the massive Robinson and wait to take an edge rusher.”
Charley Casserly, NFL Media analyst: “The Bears need a big run-stuffing end in their 34 defense.”

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Greg Gabriel, ProFootballWeekly.com: “The Bears can’t believe that Buckner falls all the way to them. It gives them the athletic 5 technique they need.”

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Chris Burke, SI.com
Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com: “John Fox was brought to Chicago in part to instill the blue collar toughness which for so long epitomized the Bears. Elliott’s rugged, determined playing style would fit in perfectly. The Bears will know Elliott’s all-around play better than most, with former Buckeyes’ running back coach Stan Drayton, taking over the same job in Chicago a year ago. The duo of Elliott and Jeremy Langford would help Chicago replace the production lost with Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett now longer on the roster.”
Kevin Fishbain, ProFootballWeekly.com: “Couldn’t ask for a better Forte replacement or young RB duo if Bears snag Elliott.”
Patrick Finley, Chicago Sun-Times: “…the Bears won’t be able to pass on Elliott — if he falls to No. 11 … their actions this offseason — making the highest contract offer to the Broncos’ C.J. Anderson — proves they’ll make exceptions for the right featured back.”

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Nate Atkins, ProFootballWeekly.com: “The Bears complete their OL overhaul with the nastiest player in the draft.”
Arthur Arkush, ProFootballWeekly.com: “Charles Leno isn’t sufficient reason to pass on best remaining offensive lineman.”
Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com: “The Bears need to address a lot of holes during this year’s draft. Defense, defense, defense may seem like the top priorities, but Conklin sure would help solidify an offensive line that’s been a shuffling deck the past few years.”
Hub Arkush, ProFootballWeekly.com: “Some scouts like Conklin as much as Tunsil, Stanley and the Bears fill a huge need”

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Doug Farrar, SI.com

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media analyst: “The Bears could use Floyd in a variety of ways. His speed/explosiveness is highly coveted in this draft.”
Bucky Brooks, NFL Media analyst: “John Fox and Vic Fangio could upgrade the Bears’ pass rush by adding an ultra-athletic defender with speed and rush skills.”
Charles Davis, NFL Media analyst: “The makeover of the Bears’ defense continues, and now Floyd will be able to settle into one job … rushing the passer. Vic Fangio, the Bears’ defensive coordinator, utilized Aldon Smith in that role as a rookie to great success in San Francisco.”
Lance Zierlein, NFL Media draft analyst: “Floyd has outstanding upside as a pass rusher, but might take a year to get his weight and strength up to a serviceable level.”
Curtis Conway, NFL Media analyst
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com Analyst: “Entering year two of the transition to a 3-4 base scheme, the Bears are still searching for an impact edge rusher. Floyd has plenty of question marks, but his flexibility and pass rush potential for an athlete his size will have him overdrafted, possibly this early.”
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist: “He has the ability to become an elite edge rusher. I think he’s better than Shaq Lawson for this pick.”
Jared Dubin, CBSSports.com NFL Writer: “Floyd has been steadily moving up draft boards over the last few weeks. He can get after the passer with the best of them in this draft, and the Bears need a ton of help in that area. Pernell McPhee can’t do it all by himself.”
Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune: “Few edge rushers in this draft can pressure quarterbacks with speed like Floyd, and that’s a trait the Bears defense is badly lacking. They need a drive-stopper.”

Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

J.C. Talon, ProFootballWeekly.com: “Falls due to knee concerns but Bears take a chance on talent.”
Adam Hoge, WGN: “Jack could very well be the best athlete in the entire draft. So how the heck would he be available at No. 11 for the Bears? … Recent reports … suggest that some teams are still weary of Jack’s knee injury.”

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Chad Reuter, Draft analyst: “With three quarterbacks going in the top eight, someone with great talent will be available at this point in the draft. (In other words, look for a trade to happen in the 9-11 range.) If the Bears could lock up a left tackle like Stanley in this draft, they would consider it a major coup.”

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Don Banks, SI.com
Will Brinson, CBSSports.com NFL Writer: “John Fox loves to take defensive players in the first round and might get a little more input this year after Kevin White spent his rookie season off the field.”
David Haugh, Chicago Tribune: “The Bears go for substance over style and bolster their defense with Lawson, whose disruptive play fits with their aggressive, improving front seven. Not the speediest edge rusher out there, but his production is appealing.”
John Mullin, CSNChicago.com: “If Leonard Floyd slips past New York, this spot gets seriously interesting. A stud 5-technique is a clear need but Bears very pleased with Ego Ferguson’s knee rehab for front-three. Bears’ best-available grades are state secrets, so Floyd vs. Lawson is unknown if both are available. John Fox loves pass rushers, though, didn’t get one in 2015 draft, and this draft is thin on top edge rushers.”
Adam L. Jahns, Chicago Sun-Times: “Lawson (6-3, 269 pounds) is a safe pick, but also a solid one. He’s one of the best pass rushers in a slim class, and he fills a need for the Bears, who want more weapons for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.”

Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune: “Rankins stops the run and disrupts the quarterback. At 6-foot-1, he’s shorter than the five-technique prototype, but his 333/8-inch arms and terrific upper-body strength compensate for that.”
Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune: “In a word: disruptive. Rankins is an effective run-stopper with pass-rushing prowess. He will be an immediate starter on a D-line that needs help.”
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Mike Mayock, NFL Media draft analyst: “Hargreaves is the perfect fit for what the Bears do on defense. The only downside with him is he lacks eye discipline.”

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