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With the NFL Draft just one week from Thursday, we updated our list of 30 mock drafts to see who analysts think the Bears will select with the 11th pick:

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

Todd McShay, ESPN (April 21)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: Floyd is one of the hottest players in the draft right now. Oakland would love him at No. 14, and the Giants could take him at No. 10. With upper-tier athleticism for the position, Floyd would give the Bears a high-ceiling pass-rusher off the edge.
Previous mock draft: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

Charles Davis, NFL.com (April 12)
Pick: Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed
Comment: The Bears are continuing to seek big, physical players on defense, and Reed is the best run-stuffing DT in the draft. He plays every down with passion.
Previous mock draft: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins

Charley Casserly, NFL.com (April 21)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: Hard decision between DL and Floyd. Pass rusher wins.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (April 15)
Pick: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III
Comment: John Fox can't resist adding a feisty cover corner with sound technical skills and a high football IQ.
Previous mock draft: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III

NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah (April 19)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: The Bears need some speed off the edge, and that's exactly what Floyd brings to the table.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com (April 14)
Pick: Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner
Comment: If a big, talented combination defender like Buckner falls to the Bears, they might sprint their card up to the podium. Buckner is exactly the type of player that can fit in with what Vic Fangio wants from his defensive linemen.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson

Chad Reuter, NFL.com (April 15)
Pick: Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner
Comment: Remember when J.J. Watt was available at the 11th spot as a five-technique prospect? Buckner could go as high as No. 3 to San Diego, but with three quarterbacks going in the top seven spots, a very talented player will fall out of the top 10.
Previous mock draft: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (April 20)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: Explosive edge rushers are what the Bears need. John Fox had Von Miller in Denver. This kid isn't that, but he has talent.
Previous mock draft: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd

Rob Rang, CBS Sports (April 21)
Pick: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley
Comment: Should the polished pass-blocking Stanley still be on the board at this point in the draft, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler might just escort his future left tackle on the stage at Auditorium Theatre alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Stanley possesses terrific initial quickness and balance, but lacks the physicality in the running game some prefer. He would be a significant upgrade at left tackle for the Bears, however, who currently project Bobby Massie as Cutler's blind-side protection.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed

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Taking a pictorial look at the prospects that 30 mock drafts are projecting the Bears will select with the 11th pick. (Updated 04/21/16)

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports (April 21)**
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: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (April 20)
Pick: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin
Comment: Protection for Jay Cutler is paramount and right now the Bears are slotting Bobby Massie or Charles Leno Jr. at left tackle to start the season. That's no bueno.
Previous mock draft: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III

Jared Dubin, CBS Sports (April 21)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: The Bears add another pass rusher to help Pernell McPhee get after it.
Previous mock draft: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated (April 18)
Pick: Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd
Comment: Floyd's athleticism and upside are obvious, and the Bears crave someone who can be a disruptive edge-rush presence as they continue to build their 3–4 defensive front. Floyd's potential and Chicago's need for more pass pressure trumps their interest in talents like Hargreaves and Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin.
Previous mock draft: Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated (April 21)
Pick: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins
Comment: Among the main reasons Rankins keeps surfacing as a top-12 option is that teams don't have to play the "Does he fit the scheme?" game with him. He does, no matter what said scheme happens to be. For the Bears, it would be as a defensive end in their 3–4 with the ability to drop inside on four-man looks.
Previous mock draft: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley

Pat Kirwan, Real Football Network (April 18)
Pick: Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa
Comment: I don't know if this guy is a fit, but he can't fall much farther. Bosa is a very good football player, but I question how much better will he get, and whether he can be effective as a stand-up pass rusher.
Previous mock draft: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins

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 15)
Pick: Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins
Comment: After just missing out on ideal targets, the Bears take a disruptive five-tech. fit for their one-gap scheme.
Previous mock draft: Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson

Arthur Arkush, Pro Football Weekly (April 19)
Pick: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin
Comment: Charles Leno 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 21)
Pick: Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch
Comment: Too high? Not if he solves Bears QB issues thru 2030.
Previous mock draft: Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch

Charlie Campbell, Walter Football (April 21)
Pick: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III
Comment: Cornerback is a big need for the Bears and Hargreaves could be an instant starter. Hargreaves would give Chicago a No. 1 corner to pair with Kyle Fuller.
Previous mock draft: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III

Walter Cherepinsky, Walter Football (April 21)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: I've had Shaq Lawson dropping in this mock draft because of some medical concerns, but he has apparently been completely cleared, so he should end up being a top-15 pick. The Bears make sense for him; 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.
Previous mock draft: Houston cornerback William Jackson III

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports (March 28)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson
Comment: The Bears need a whole lot of everything on the defensive side of the ball. Lawson could go anywhere from No. 7 to San Francisco to No. 19 to the Bills. John Fox's D can use a real edge rusher. Lawson's the guy.
Previous mock draft: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (April 18)
Pick: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley
Previous mock draft: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III

Nate Davis, USA Today (April 21)
Pick: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott
Comment: Jeremy Langford may turn out to be a good back. But Elliott promises to be a special one who could anchor the running game coach John Fox covets and perhaps even make Chicagoans forget about departed Matt Forte. Importing a player of Elliott's ability – he exceeded 1,800 rushing yards in 2014 and '15 – might also reduce the likelihood of QB Jay Cutler pressing his luck, which historically has not worked out well.
Previous mock draft: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

Connor Rogers, USA Today (April 20)
Pick: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III
Comment: The Bears need to get nastier at cornerback and Hargreaves will have no problem instantly upgrading the Chicago secondary.

Eric Galko, Sporting News (April 20)
Pick: Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd
Comment: Chicago has filled their defense with strong free agents the last two offseasons, but the Bears will need reinforcements through the draft process. Dodd will go someplace in the top-20 picks, and the Bears could use a speed rusher long-term. Paxton Lynch would be a great fit, but Jay Cutler seems to have staying power.

Michael Schottey, Forbes (April 21)
Pick: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley*
Comment: The Bears can't just keep reshuffling the same cards in the offensive line deck and hope for better results. Stanley has periodically come under fire for not being the most devastating run blocker (which is a notable weakness), but he has more than enough functional strength and loads of athleticism and skill to be a great pass blocker at the next level. For a team with Jay Cutler at QB, this is a great fit.
*Predicts Bears will trade up with 49ers and select Stanley at No. 7.

Nick Klopsis, Newsday (April 20)
Pick: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley
Comment: The Bears signed Bobby Massie to be their right tackle, which moved 2013 first-rounder Kyle Long inside to guard. They have Charles Leno at left tackle, and while he was serviceable in 2015, general manager Ryan Pace could decide that one of the top tackles in this class may be too good to pass up. Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley has a big frame at 6-5 3/4 and 312 pounds, yet he moves well and plays with good balance. He's more raw than top offensive lineman prospect Laremy Tunsil and projects as more of a pass protector than a run blocker, but he could become Jay Cutler's blind-side protector for quite a while.
Previous mock draft: Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley

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