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With the NFL Draft only a few hours away, we compiled a list of what 30 national and eight local analysts are predicting the Bears will do with the 11th pick in the first round:

National analysts
Todd McShay, ESPN (April 28)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: Lawson, who led the FBS last season with 25.5 tackles for loss, is a highly effective run defender, playing with a good mixture of relentlessness, technique and discipline.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Mike Mayock, NFL.com (April 27)
Pick: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves
Comment: Hargreaves is the perfect fit for what the Bears do on defense. The only downside with him is he lacks eye discipline.

Mel Kiper, ESPN (April 6)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: Sticking with the same pick here from the previous mock. The Bears did a nice job in free agency at inside linebacker, but Floyd is the edge defender who could really help early in passing downs.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Charles Davis, NFL.com (April 26)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: The makeover of the Bears' defense continues, and now Floyd will be able to settle into one job ... rushing the passer. Vic Fangio, the Bears' defensive coordinator, utilized Aldon Smith in that role as a rookie to great success in San Francisco.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed

Charley Casserly, NFL.com (April 25)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson
Comment: The Bears need a big run-stuffing end in their 34 defense.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (April 26)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: John Fox and Vic Fangio could upgrade the Bears' pass rush by adding an ultra-athletic defender with speed and rush skills.
Previous mock draft: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III

NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah (April 25)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: The Bears could use Floyd in a variety of ways. His speed/explosiveness is highly coveted in this draft.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com (April 26)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: Floyd has outstanding upside as a pass rusher, but might take a year to get his weight and strength up to a serviceable level.
Previous mock draft: Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner

Chad Reuter, NFL.com (April 21)
Pick: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley
Comment: With three quarterbacks going in the top eight, someone with great talent will be available at this point in the draft. (In other words, look for a trade to happen in the 9-11 range.) If the Bears could lock up a left tackle like Stanley in this draft, they would consider it a major coup.
Previous mock draft: Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner

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Taking a pictorial look at the prospects that 38 mock drafts are projecting the Bears will select with the 11th pick. (Updated 04/28/16)

Curtis Conway, NFL.com (April 21)**
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (April 27)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: He has the ability to become an elite edge rusher. I think he's better than Shaq Lawson for this pick.
Previous mock draft: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson

Rob Rang, CBS Sports (April 25)
Pick: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott
Comment: John Fox was brought to Chicago in part to instill the blue collar toughness which for so long epitomized the Bears. Elliott's rugged, determined playing style would fit in perfectly. The Bears will know Elliott's all-around play better than most, with former Buckeyes' running back coach Stan Drayton, taking over the same job in Chicago a year ago. The duo of Elliott and Jeremy Langford would help Chicago replace the production lost with Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett n7 longer on the roster.
Previous mock draft: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports (April 25)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: Entering year two of the transition to a 3-4 base scheme, the Bears are still searching for an impact edge rusher. Floyd has plenty of question marks, but his flexibility and pass rush potential for an athlete his size will have him overdrafted, possibly this early.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (April 27)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: John Fox loves to take defensive players in the first round and might get a little more input this year after Kevin White spent his rookie season off the field.
Previous mock draft: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

Jared Dubin, CBS Sports (April 27)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: Floyd has been steadily moving up draft boards over the last few weeks. He can get after the passer with the best of them in this draft, and the Bears need a ton of help in that area. Pernell McPhee can't do it all by himself.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated (April 27)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated (April 27)
Pick: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott
Previous mock draft: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins

Doug Farrar, Sports Illustrated (April 27)
Pick: Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa

Greg Bedard, Sports Illustrated (April 27)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson

Kevin Fishbain, Pro Football Weekly (April 20)
Pick: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott
Comment: Couldn't ask for a better Forte replacement or young RB duo if Bears snag Elliott.
Previous mock draft: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott

Hub Arkush, Pro Football Weekly (April 19)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson
Comment: Best available player and Bears greatest area of need.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson

Nate Atkins, Pro Football Weekly (April 22)
Pick: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin
Comment: The Bears complete their OL overhaul with the nastiest player in the draft.
Previous mock draft: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins

Arthur Arkush, Pro Football Weekly (April 19)
Pick: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin
Comment: Charles Leno Jr. isn't sufficient reason to pass on best remaining offensive lineman.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson

J.C. Talon, Pro Football Weekly (April 27)
Pick: UCLA outside linebacker Myles Jack
Comment: Falls due to knee concerns but Bears take a chance on talent
Previous mock draft: Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch

Greg Gabriel, National Football Post (April 27)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: A strong edge pass rusher that the Bears need. A big 5-technique could also be in play here.

Charlie Campbell, Walter Football (April 28)
Pick: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III
Comment: The biggest need on the Bears roster is for a No. 1 cornerback, and they are fortunate that Hargreaves gets to them. Hargreaves is a good scheme fit and should immediately improve Chicago's secondary.
Previous mock draft: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III

Walter Cherepinsky, Walter Football (April 28)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: The Bears make sense for Shaq Lawson; with the disgruntled Willie Young entering his contract season, Chicago will have to find a pass-rushing complement for Pernell McPhee, and the explosive Lawson seems like a great fit. I had Lawson mocked later in February and March updates because teams had concerns about his shoulder, but he has been cleared by everyone we've spoken to.
Previous mock draft: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports (April 26)
Pick: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin
Comment: The Bears need to address a lot of holes during this year's draft. Defense, defense, defense may seem like the top priorities, but Conklin sure would help solidify an offensive line that's been a shuffling deck the past few years.
Previous mock draft: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (April 28)
Pick: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott
Previous mock draft: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley

Nate Davis, USA Today (April 28)
Pick: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin
Comment: One way to prevent another regression by QB Jay Cutler, who's been forced to endure another offensive coordinator switch, is to fill the vacuum on his blind side.
Previous mock draft: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott

Chicago analysts
Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune (April 27)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: A speed rusher will give the Bears an element they're lacking with a chance to add a starting defensive end in Round 2.

Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune (April 27)
Pick: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins
Comment: Rankins stops the run and disrupts the quarterback. At 6-foot-1, he's shorter than the five-technique prototype, but his 333/8-inch arms and terrific upper-body strength compensate for that.

Sam Farmer, Chicago Tribune (April 27)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson
Comment: If Leonard Floyd is gone, the Bears can bolster their defensive front with the massive Robinson and wait to take an edge rusher.

David Haugh, Chicago Tribune (April 27)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: he Bears go for substance over style and bolster their defense with Lawson, whose disruptive play fits with their aggressive, improving front seven. Not the speediest edge rusher out there, but his production is appealing.

Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune (April 27)
Pick: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins
Comment: In a word: disruptive. Rankins is an effective run-stopper with pass-rushing prowess. He will be an immediate starter on a D-line that needs help.

Patrick Finley, Chicago Sun-Times (April 27)
Pick: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott
Comment: Drafting a first-round running back is like putting a maître d at McDonalds — it's a luxury the Bears can't afford, given their myriad concerns at defensive end, edge rusher, offensive line and safety. But still, the Bears won't be able to pass on Elliott — if he falls to No. 11.

Adam Jahns, Chicago Sun-Times (April 27)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: Lawson (6-3, 269 pounds) is a safe pick, but also a solid one. He's one of the best pass rushers in a slim class, and he fills a need for the Bears, who want more weapons for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Bob LeGere, Daily Herald (April 21)
Pick: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson
Comment: With Akiem Hicks and 2015 No. 2 Goldman, once-weak D-line now a strength.

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