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What analysts predict Bears will do in first two rounds


With the NFL Draft just three weeks away, here's what 12 analysts are predicting the Bears will do with their three picks in the first two rounds:

Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire (April 4)

1-9: Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon
Comment: Receiver and offensive line will be temptations for Bears general manager Ryan Poles with the ninth overall pick, and for good reason. But if Witherspoon is still on the board here, it would be tough to pass him up on a short trip to Halas Hall.

2-53: BYU offensive tackle Blake Freeland
2-61: Miami cornerback Tyrique Stevenson

Shane Hallam, Draft Countdown (April 3)

1-9: Georgia offensive tackle Broderick Jones
2-53: LSU edge rusher BJ Ojulari
2-61: UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News (April 5)
1-9: Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski
Comment: The Bears can look up the road to Evanston to provide Justin Fields with a major pass protection upgrade after already getting him a new No. 1 wide receiver in DJ Moore. Skoronski, who had a great Combine from his running through his smooth positional drills, can deliver as their immediate starting left tackle with his smooth quickness and athleticism on the edge.

2-53: LSU edge rusher B.J. Ojulari
Comment: The Bears need to revamp their pass rush and Ojulari is polished at getting to the quarterback. Given his smarts and instincts, he can also develop into a tougher run defender in time.

2-61: Georgia Tech defensive tackle Keion White
Comment: White stands out for because of rare athleticism for his size. The Bears will work to figure out where to best play him in their rotation, but he can be effective inside or outside.

Gordon McGuiness, Pro Football Focus (April 3)

1-9: TCU receiver Quentin Johnston
2-53: USC edge rusher Tuli Tuipulotu
2-61: Kansas State cornerback Julius Brents

Todd McShay, ESPN (April 4)

1-9: Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski
Comment: The Bears could address the edge rush -- perhaps with Van Ness -- after closing out the 2022 season at the bottom of the league in sacks. However, they need to maximize quarterback Justin Fields, and that means protecting him. And while there are concerns about Skoronski's 32¼-inch arm length, his quickness, balance and snap in his hands stand out.

2-53: UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet
Comment: The Bears brought in D'Onta Foreman with David Montgomery off to Detroit, but I like the value on Charbonnet at this point in Round 2 as another contributor in the run game. He's a patient runner with good contact balance and can be a three-down back in the NFL, even though he lacks breakaway speed.

2-61: Tennessee defensive lineman Byron Young
Comment: The Bears had just 20 sacks last season, and bringing in Young would get them going in the right direction. He had seven sacks in his final season at Tennessee, and his 36 pressures tied for 22nd in the nation. He quickly re-directs and has an explosive lower body, but he's still raw when it comes to technique.

Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network (April 4)

1-9: Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.
Comment: Chicago is going all-in on Justin Fields, and nothing at this point is more important than upgrading the offensive line. Paris Johnson Jr. has experience at right guard and left tackle.

2-53: Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs
Comment: Gibbs is an outstanding prospect who just happens to play a position that's been devalued. But Chicago is one of the few teams that is legitimately dangerous on the ground and could be terrifying with Gibbs.

2-61: South Carolina defensive tackle Zacch Pickens
Comment: The Bears desperately need to rejuvenate their defensive tackle group, and Zacch Pickens could be the start. He needs to become far more consistent at the NFL level, but the tools and flashes are all there.

Thor Nystrom, Fantasy Pros (April 3)

1-9: Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.
2-53: UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet
2-61: Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders

Curt Popejoy, Draftwire (April 3)

1-9: Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.
2-53: Florida defensive tackle Gervon Dexter
2-61: USC edge rusher Tuli Tuipulotu

Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus (April 4)

1-9: Tennessee tackle Darnell Wright
Comment: Wright comes as the most experienced right tackle in the draft and gives Chicago a scary offensive line in the run game.

2-53: LSU edge rusher BJ Ojulari
Comment: The Bears get the edge defender in this class who won the superlative from PFF for the "best pass-rushing moves." Once Ojulari gets a little stronger, he can be an impact player.

2-61: Auburn edge rusher Derick Hall
Comment: The Bears are not leaving the 2023 NFL Draft without addressing their defensive line in a big way (and they're not done in this one). Hall has high-end explosiveness with good length for the position to be a pocket collapser across from BJ Ojulari, who is more of a finesse rusher.

Chad Reuter, (March 24)

1-9: Texas running back Bijan Robinson
Comment: I don't blame teams avoiding running backs in the top 10 because of how many injuries occur at the position -- but the Bears could make an exception for Robinson. His combination of power, speed, shiftiness and receiving ability make him a potential star in the Christian McCaffrey mold.

2-53: Syracuse offensive tackle Matthew Bergeron
2-61: Mississippi State cornerback Emmanuel Forbes

Ian Valentino, Pro Football Network (April 1)

1-9: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Calijah Kancey
Comment: There hasn't been a bigger winner from the offseason circuit than Calijah Kancey. The Pitt defensive tackle invokes comparisons to Ed Oliver and Aaron Donald for more reasons than just being an undersized defender for the position. His explosiveness is rare, and similar to why I have [Jalen] Carter still going No. 3, the value of a disruptive tackle is too great to pass up on a star player at the position. The Chicago Bears could justify taking an edge rusher, offensive tackle, or cornerback here. But Kancey can help transform their defensive front, which received a nice set of upgrades at linebacker with Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards in free agency.

2-53: Kansas State cornerback Julius Brents
Comment: The NFL made a mistake by waiting to draft Tariq Woolen last year, and they better not do it again with Julius Brents. Brents isn't quite as explosive as Woolen, but his immense size and good speed can lead to a starting role early in his career.

2-61: Oregon State tight end Luke Musgrave
Comment: Luke Musgrave is a long-striding, explosive open-field presence who can help Justin Fields attack zone coverages.

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports (March 30)

1-9: Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.
Comment: No team has been busier this offseason than the Bears, who added talent on both sides of the ball, including guard Nate Davis, tight end Robert Tonyan, defensive end DeMarcus Walker (7.0 sacks with the Titans in '22) and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. There's still a need at right tackle and edge rusher but with many of the top free-agent offensive lineman already signed elsewhere, and since this draft class is deeper at EDGE than OT, Chicago takes Paris Johnson Jr. here. He played left tackle last season at Ohio State and was the right guard during the '21 season. Protecting Justin Fields is priority No. 1, and they can circle back at pick No. 53 (or even 61) to get that pass rusher.

2-53: Baylor defensive lineman Siaki Ika
2-61: Kansas State edge rusher Felix Anudike-Uzomah