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Who analysts think Bears will draft

Posted Apr 16, 2018

With the NFL Draft only a little over two weeks away, we take a look at who 15 analysts think the Bears will select with the No. 8 pick in the first round.

With the NFL Draft only a little over two weeks away, we take a look at who 15 analysts think the Bears will select with the No. 8 pick in the first round:

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (April 13)
Pick: Florida State safety Derwin James
Comment: Not necessarily a position of need, per se, but James is a ridiculous athlete with a stupid high ceiling who can be used all over the place on defense.

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (April 12)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
Comment: Despite the Bears' focus on upgrading the offense earlier this offseason, adding an electric cover corner with exceptional speed, quickness and movement skills is a top priority for Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.

Charley Casserly, NFL.com (April 3)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
Comment: This pick gives the Bears two talented young cornerbacks with Ward joining Kyle Fuller in the secondary.

Charles Davis, NFL.com (April 3)
Pick: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson
Comment: If you draft your franchise QB in 2017 (Mitchell Trubisky), you continue to surround him with weapons and protect him in 2018. The middle of the OL for the Bears will be formidable with Pro Bowl OG Kyle Long, talented C Cody Whitehair, and now Nelson, the best OL in this year's draft.

Nate Davis, USA Today (April 5)
Pick: Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick
Comment: They spent free agency putting new pieces around QB Mitchell Trubisky and would surely like to count Nelson as part of that effort. Barring that, there's probably not another offensive player on GM Ryan Pace's top-10 radar. But Fitzpatrick would enhance a defense charged with combating slot receivers like Randall Cobb, Golden Tate and Stefon Diggs. Fitzpatrick could eventually settle into a safety combo with former 'Bama teammate Eddie Jackson if Adrian Amos moves on in free agency next year.

Adam Jahns, Chicago Sun-Times (April 16)
Pick: Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith
Comment: Smith's natural instincts and speed outweigh concerns about his size (6-1, 236 pounds). He fits the mold for linebackers in today's pass-happy NFL. It starts with him being quick and fast enough to cover running backs out of the backfield.

Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com (April 10)
Pick: Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey
Comment: With all the new weapons added in free agency, Chicago needs to protect its franchise quarterback. McGlinchey, whose college O-line coach (Harry Hiestand) is now with the Bears, will help do just that.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN (April 4)
Pick: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson
Comment: I thought about a linebacker here, but Nelson fills a big hole and should help Mitchell Trubisky.

Todd McShay, ESPN (April 4)
Pick: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson
Comment: Josh Sitton is gone, and Nelson would represent a big upgrade. This continues a promising offseason trend of Chicago giving Trubisky what he needs to succeed.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (April 5)
Pick: Boise State outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch
Comment: They need to get better at linebacker and some scouts have compared Vander Esch to Luke Kuechly.

Peter Schrager, NFL.com (April 3)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
Comment: Chicago continues its outstanding off-season with another young piece for the defense. Ward was a stud in a defensive backfield that included 2017 first-round picks Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore, and Gareon Conley. He's a top-10 pick, and going to Chicago at No. 8 seems right.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports (April 9)
Pick: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson
Comment: The Bears need a guard and have Nelson's college coach on staff. Don't overthink it, Chicago.

R.J. White, CBS Sports (April 12)
Pick: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson
Comment: The board falls in what may be the best-case scenario for the Bears, with Nelson plugging one of the team's biggest needs. Chicago surprisingly declined Josh Sitton's option, making guard one of their key needs that has yet to be addressed this offseason. There's some speculation he could handle tackle as well, and the Bears could use an upgrade on the right side at that position. Worst case, they'll have a locked-in interior lineman with All-Pro upside.

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports (April 4)
Pick: Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds
Comment: Edmunds is a physical freak, even by combine standards. He's only 19 years old and the Bears have other needs, but after landing WR Allen Robinson in free agency Edmunds makes sense here.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com (March 27)
Pick: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson
Comment: The Bears have a need at guard, and Harry Hiestand, Nelson's O-line coach at Notre Dame, is now the O-line coach for the Bears. Nelson would fit perfectly.