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Analysts predict who Bears will draft

Posted Mar 19, 2014

With the NFL Draft seven weeks away, we take a look at what some pro football analysts think the Bears will do with the 14th pick in the first round.

With free agency well underway, many NFL analysts have updated their mock drafts. Here's what nine of them think the Bears will do with the 14th pick in the first round:

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated (updated March 18)
Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
Analysis: "The Bears said goodbye to Julius Peppers and acquired Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, but the interior of their defensive line still needs a hammer who can make the ballcarrier pay for toting the rock. Donald has been one of this year's risers, and his stellar work at the Senior Bowl and the combine have buttressed what the tape shows. If the Bears don't take him at No. 14, the Cowboys and ex-Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will at No. 16."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (updated March 15)
Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
Analysis: "I continue to love this fit, despite the fact that Donald's size is a knock. I don't think Phil Emery will care about that."

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports (updated March 17)
Pick: Louisville safety Calvin Pryor
Analysis: "The Bears need to add depth in the secondary, especially at safety where Major Wright is a free agent and Chris Conte is replaceable. Pryor has the athleticism and range to play the deep half of the field, but his best quality is attacking the run, adding a knockout punch to any defense."

Charles Davis, NFL.com (updated March 18)
Pick: Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan
Analysis: "It might be a passing league, but people took the land route vs. Da Bears. The shoring-up process starts here."

Eric Galko, Sporting News (updated March 12)
Pick: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley
Analysis: "Brian Urlacher retired before [last] season, Lance Briggs is getting into his mid-30s and Jon Bostic wasn't all that impressive last year. The Bears need to add to their defense early and often in this draft, and Mosley can fill the strong-side or inside linebacker spot immediately."

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN (updated March 13)
Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
Analysis: "The Bears have already added Lamarr Houston in free agency, but that's just a starting point on this defensive line, which is still thin and was absolutely gutted by injury last season. Donald equals disruption, and no player was more of a force against opposing offenses in college football last season. He's had a good combine and a good Senior Bowl and is now worthy of this draft slot."

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports (updated March 14)
Pick: Louisville safety Calvin Pryor
Analysis: "There are two first-round safeties in this draft and one of them is already gone."

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (updated March 19)
Pick: Alabama safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix
Analysis: "Nobody they signed in free agency is the long-term answer. They need help in a big way at safety."

Rob Rang, CBS Sports (updated March 17)
Pick: Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard
Analysis: "The aggressive signing of defensive linemen Lamarr Houston and Willie Young won't help much if the Bears don't supplement the move with improvements in the deep patrol. Dennard's length, physicality and fluidity could help an overmatched secondary against the NFC North's explosive passing attacks."

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