In his third mock draft released Wednesday, ESPN's Todd McShay predicts that the Bears will select Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson with the 11th pick in the first round.
"The Bears need more impact players on defense, and Lawson—who led the FBS with 25.5 tackles-for-loss last season—fits the bill," McShay wrote. "He plays with a good mixture of relentlessness, technique and discipline. Lawson isn't the best athlete on tape, but he tested well at the combine and has a good first step."
ESPN's Todd McShay predicts that the Bears will select Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson.
Four other post-Combine mock drafts also have the Bears taking a defensive player at No. 11: Ohio State inside linebacker Darron Lee (Bleacher Report's Matt Miller), Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple (CBS Sports' Pete Prisco), Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland (CBS Sports' Rob Rang) and Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner (USA Today's Nate Davis).
While most NFL analysts are predicting that the Bears will address their defense in the first round, two mock drafts recently posted online disagree.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah thinks that the Bears will select Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the 11th overall pick, while the Real Football Network's Pat Kirwan believes that they will choose Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell.
Stanley was a three-year starter at Notre Dame who didn't miss a game as a sophomore, junior or senior. He's considered the second best tackle in the draft behind Mississippi's Laremy Tunsil, a candidate to be selected No. 1 overall by the Tennessee Titans.
Treadwell was very productive at Mississippi, catching 202 passes for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns in three seasons. Last year as a junior he had 82 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 TDs. Treadwell grew up in the Chicago area, attending Crete-Monee High School.