In his second mock draft released this week, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicts that the Bears will select Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the No. 8 overall pick.
"Edmunds is a tremendous athlete," Kiper wrote. "He could play inside or outside linebacker in the Bears' 3-4, and it's that versatility and athleticism that has scouts drooling. I expect him to put up huge numbers at the combine.
"Edmunds had 109 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2017, and he does a good job covering pass-catchers out of the backfield. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, Edmunds doesn't look like a traditional middle linebacker, but he's such a physical specimen that you can't rule it out. Chicago could also be in the market for an offensive tackle or wide receiver here."
Kiper predicts that the first seven picks will be 1) Quarterback Josh Allen to the Browns; 2) Running back Saquon Barkley to the Giants; 3) Defensive end Bradley Chubb to the Colts; 4) Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Browns; 5) Quarterback Sam Darnold to the Broncos; and 6) Quarterback Baker Mayfield to the Jets.