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Analysts predict who Bears will draft

It's never too early to think about the NFL Draft, so we did a quick Internet search and discovered who 10 analysts think the Bears are going to pick at No. 11.

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Pick: Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland
Analysis: "We're well within the range—perhaps even a bit below it—where Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith should land if his knee injury turns out to be minor. Ragland, the AP Defensive Player of the Year, won't linger very long either. He can cover but excels downhill vs. the run. A great fit for Vic Fangio's linebacker-needy defense."

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
Pick: UCLA outside linebacker Myles Jack
Analysis: "The Bears are far removed from the days of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs dominating the NFC and are missing impact defensive players on the current roster. Jack is an impressive athlete with outstanding instincts, showing the cover skills that will make him an instant contributor."
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson
Analysis: A sure star as a 4-3 DT, Robinson has also shown the pursuit and pass rush abilities to be a devastating DE in a 3-4. The Bears' defense showed improvement this year, but the edict in this draft will be BPA throughout. At #11, Robinson is the kind of monster that would be impossible to pass up."

John Harris, Washington Post
Pick: Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley
Analysis: "There seems to be a hole at LT that can be filled rather easily, based on how the board has stacked up to this point."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Analysis: "The Chicago Bears would love to get a left tackle here, but as of today there's not a player of great value on the board. I also considered Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, but with uncertainty over his knee injury suffered in the Fiesta Bowl, he's a little risky for the Bears front office. A player who isn't a big risk, and fills a need, is Leonard Floyd.The Georgia edge-rusher is built for Vic Fangio's scheme at 6'4" and 231 pounds (with room to grow), and his ability to play rushing the passer or in coverage against tight ends adds even more value to his impressive resume. With [Joey] Bosa off the board, Floyd is the best edge defender available in this class."

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN
Pick: Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland
Analysis: "The Bears have a tradition of great linebackers in the middle, from Dick Butkus to Mike Singletary to Brian Urlacher -- who is coming for my hair. Ragland can be the next one, and not only can he be an immediate starter in the middle, he can do so with some system familiarity coming out of Nick Saban's 3-4 defense."
Pick: Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith
Analysis: "Despite his injury in the Fiesta Bowl, Chicago landing an eventually healthy Jaylon Smith has to be a tantalizing thought for Bears fans who are dying to see their defense return to form. After swinging and missing on Jon Bostic to replace Brian Urlacher, the Bears struggled mightily to stop the run this year and gave up over 120 yards per game on the ground. Maybe more than anything though, the Bears lack leadership on the defensive side of the ball. Not only is Jaylon Smith a world-class player and athlete, but he's also a tremendous leader and motivator; the type of captain who makes his teammates better. Although Smith's setback is bad news, it shouldn't derail his stock which was trending towards the top five prior to the injury."

Rob Rang, CBS Sports   *
Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Analysis: "John Fox surprised many when he pushed for the Denver Broncos to select the "too small" Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick back in 2011. He could see similar production ready to be gained with Floyd, a speedy edge rusher with experience attacking off the edge in the 3-4 and possessing the surprising strength and tenacity to also hold up in run production."
Pick: Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith
Analysis: "With this pick the assumption is that Smith will be able to bounce back fine from the severe injury he suffered in Notre Dame's bowl game. The opinion on his health situation is arguably the biggest storyline of draft season. Healthy, Smith is a top 10 pick. If there are concerns, he could plummet. Landing in Chicago feels like a happy medium for now. He would solve Chicago's longtime issues at inside linebacker, and give the team a strong piece to build around."
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson
Analysis: "The Bears need as much defensive help as possible as they continue to transition into their new 3-4 scheme. The defensive line is comprised of mediocre players, at best, so this is an area the front office will have to upgrade this offseason. A'Shawn Robinson would be a huge boost, as he could go as high as No. 6 to the Ravens."

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