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Who experts think Bears will draft

Posted Apr 20, 2017

With the NFL Draft just one week away, we take a look at who national analysts think the Bears will select with the No. 3 pick.

With the NFL Draft just one week away, we take a look at who national analysts think the Bears will select with the No. 3 Pick:

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (April 17)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen
Comment: Don't really see/haven't really seen a need to stray from this pick for Chicago throughout the process. Allen is a guy who makes sense for them on a number of levels.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (April 11)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore
Comment: The Bears need a CB1 to compete in a division loaded with big-time quarterbacks.
Previous mock draft: LSU safety Jamal Adams

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports (April 17)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore
Comment: The Bears signed Prince Amukamara to a one-year "prove it" deal, but there are still plenty of question marks at cornerback for Chicago. If the doctors give two thumbs up then Lattimore is worth this high selection.
Previous mock draft: Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore

Charlie Casserly, NFL.com (March 28)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen
Comment: Allen is an excellent 3-4 defensive end who gives you an inside pass rush.
Previous mock draft: Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com (April 4)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore
Comment: Three players that make the most sense for the Bears: Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams, and Lattimore. They can’t go wrong with any of these players.
Previous mock draft: LSU safety Jamal Adams

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN (April 5)
Pick: Ohio State safety Malik Hooker
Comment: Safety is a clear need. I had gone with Jamal Adams here, but Hooker is more of a center fielder-type with deep range and great speed. He has some Ed Reed in him as a playmaker. In his first season as a starter, he had seven interceptions in 2016, including three pick-sixes.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen

Todd McShay, ESPN (April 5)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen
Comment: Stick with the tape on Allen. He's still our No. 2 overall player, even after mediocre workouts. Allen's quickness and power help him constantly push the pocket as a pass-rusher, and he had 22.5 sacks in the past two seasons. The Bears could use a solidifying force along the interior.
Previous mock draft: LSU safety Jamal Adams

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (April 17)
Pick: Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas
Comment: They have to get help for their pass rush. Thomas is a player who has a ton of ability at the age of 20.
Previous mock draft: Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas

Rob Rang, CBS Sports (April 17)
Pick: LSU safety Jamal Adams
Comment: Safety has long been a sore spot in Chicago with only one Bears safety (Mike Brown) earning an invitation to the Pro Bowl over the past 20 years. Adams has that kind of potential and is viewed by some as the safest prospect in the draft. He is a tone-setter with a rare combination of instincts, athleticism and intangibles to make an immediate impact on a defense that made strides a year ago but allowed 24.9 points per game, 24th in the NFL.
Previous mock draft: LSU safety Jamal Adams

Chad Reuter, NFL.com (April 14)
Pick: Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas
Comment: Chicago needs a five-technique. This smart Stanford defender can fill that bill and stand up at times to rush the passer with 2016 first-rounder Leonard Floyd.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com (April 18)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore
Comment: The Bears have a gaping hole at CB1; Lattimore should be able to fill that in short order.
Previous mock draft: Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore