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Analysts predict who Bears will draft

Posted Apr 29, 2014

With several NFL analysts having recently updated their mock drafts, we take a look at what 10 of them think the Bears will do with the 14th pick in the first round.

With several NFL analysts having recently updated their mock drafts, here's what 10 of them think the Bears will do with the 14th pick in the first round:

Brian Baldinger, NFL.com (updated April 24)
Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
Analysis: "The Bears were last against the run in 2013 and tied for last in sacks. Donald helps in both areas."

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated (updated April 22)
Pick: Louisville safety Calvin Pryor
Analysis: "The Bears are going to get help for their aging defense in the first round and there are some very good options at positions of need even if Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald doesn't make it to No. 14. Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley or Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan all would be solid additions for the Bears, but the void at free safety is the most pressing piece of business in Chicago, and Pryor fills the bill nicely. At the moment, the Bears would have to rely on fourth-year safety Chris Conte, who is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Pryor is known for his hard-hitting style of play, and both he and fellow first-round safety prospect Clinton-Dix are seeing their stock rise as the draft nears."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (updated April 25)
Pick: Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'shede Hageman
Analysis: "Big, strong, athletic and violent at times when pursuing the ball, Hageman can plug in the middle of the Bears line, which has a major void at this point."

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (updated April 15)
Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
Analysis: "Donald is an ideal 3-tech in the Bears' Tampa 2 scheme due to his speed, athleticism and quickness."

Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com (updated April 28)
Pick: Louisville safety Calvin Pryor
Analysis: "The Bears addressed the defensive line in free agency and if Aaron Donald is gone, Chicago will mostly likely look to upgrade the secondary. Cornerback is a possibility, but Pryor gives the Bears a quick fix at strong safety."

Charles Davis, NFL.com (updated April 21)
Pick: Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Analysis: "Bears seeking patrolling free safety to combat passing attacks of Green Bay and Detroit. Clinton-Dix fits the bill."

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN (updated April 29)
Pick: Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert
Analysis: "Maybe the Bears won't get their first choice among some pretty big need options, but in Gilbert, they certainly check off one. I like Donald here if he's around, and I also think the Bears can't go wrong if they add a safety, as that's been a problem position going back beyond 2013. They have to add a corner, maybe two, and Gilbert gives them a special athlete who could learn the finer points of physical football from the position by practicing with Charles Tillman. Gilbert is also a weapon in the return game, which is worth noting now that Devin Hester is no longer around."

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports (updated April 25)
Pick: Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard
Analysis: "The top two safeties are gone but a top corner in Dennard is still on the board. Charles Tillman isn't getting any younger."

Todd McShay, ESPN (updated April 29)
Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
Analysis: "Donald could be off the board by the time Chicago picks at No. 14, but in this scenario, he's an easy choice. He'd be a perfect fit as a 3-technique defensive tackle in the Bears' Tampa 2 scheme due to his ability to disrupt opponents' backfields with his snap anticipation, first-step quickness and ability to finish off plays. Chicago can address its needs in the secondary on Day 2."

Rob Rang, CBS Sports (updated April 28)
Pick: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley
Analysis: "Given the additions of defensive linemen Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young via agency, the Bears are likely to focus on the back seven in the draft. Possessing rare read and react skills and fluidity, Mosley is capable of starring at virtually any of the three linebacker roles in Chicago's 4-3 alignment."

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