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NFL analysts predict who Bears will draft


With the NFL Draft just two weeks away, some national writers have updated their mock drafts. Here's a sampling of who they think the Bears will select with their first two picks at Nos. 43 and 50 overall in the second round.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports (April 8)
No. 43:Notre Dame receiver Chase Claypool
Comment: Claypool gives the Bears a wide receiver/tight end hybrid with serious speed who plays above the rim.
No. 50: LSU guard Damien Lewis
Comment: Lewis is a one-on-one mauler with some plays of leaky pass protection but NFL strength right now.

Vinny Iyer, Sporting News (April 9)
No. 43: LSU safety Grant Delpit
Comment: The Bears need some safety help next to Eddie Jackson after losing Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix in free agency, making Delpit a great value here. Delpit (6-2, 213 pounds) flies around the field, stopping the run like an extra linebacker and making big plays on the ball in downfield coverage.
No. 50: Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis
Comment:The Bears could fortify their defensive line punch next to Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman. Davis (6-6, 311 pounds) is a massive, versatile player made for a 3-4 scheme. He can line up at either end or tackle to eat space against the run.

Walter Football (April 7)
No. 43:Boise State tackle Ezra Cleveland
Comment: The Bears' offensive line took a huge hit last year, which was the primary reason for their regression. They'll need to address their blocking.
No. 50: TCU receiver Jaren Reagor
Comment: The Bears lost Taylor Gabriel this offseason, but they needed another receiver to go along with Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller anyway. Jalen Reagor is a blazing-fast receiver who can go the distance whenever he touches the ball.

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated (April 9)
No. 43: Michigan inside linebacker Cesar Ruiz
No. 50:Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (April 1)
No. 43: Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger
No. 50: Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet

Todd McShay, ESPN (March 30)
No. 43: Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette
Comment: The Bears didn't yield much in the passing game last season, but they also didn't do much in forcing turnovers. Plus, free agency cleaned out the secondary a bit. Arnette has smooth hips and some twitch to his game.
No. 50: TCU receiver Jalen Reagor
Comment: We gave the Bears a corner earlier on Day 2, and they still need a safety. But with no value there, it's a good place to bring in another receiver for Nick Foles and/or Mitchell Trubisky. Reagor has wheels.

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Larry Mayer

Bears Senior Writer