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Who analysts predict Bears will draft at No. 8

With the NFL Draft kicking off 10 weeks from Thursday, we take a look at who 13 analysts are predicting the Bears will select with the No. 8 pick in the first round:

Will Brinson, CBS Sports (Feb. 13)
Pick: Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley
Comment: Are we down on Ridley? It feels like people are down on Ridley. He doesn't have the eye-popping stats you might want, but he has enough size and speed to work in just about any system.

Bucky Brooks, (Feb. 13)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
Comment: Smooth cover corner with a polished game. Ward would upgrade the secondary as a premier CB1.

Charley Casserly, (Feb. 13)
Pick: Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley
Comment: The Bears get Mitchell Trubisky a weapon with this pick.

Daniel Jeremiah, (Feb. 13)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
Comment: The Bears need some offensive firepower, but they can accomplish that in free agency and the middle portion of the draft. Ward lacks ideal size, but he's a dynamic playmaker with the tools to play inside or outside.

**Dan Kadar, SB Nation (Feb. 12)

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** Pick: Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick
Comment: If Fitzpatrick goes to a team like Chicago it would be as a cornerback. It's not exactly a stretch for him since he often played in the slot in nickel coverage.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN (Jan. 18)
Pick: Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley
Comment: Chicago has to add weapons for Mitchell Trubisky, and Ridley is the best receiver in this class by a mile. If the Bears can get a pass-catcher here—and don't upgrade in free agency—Ridley makes the most sense. If he had played in a better passing offense, he could have been a Biletnikoff winner. He's extremely talented.

Nick Klopis, Newsday (Feb. 5)
Pick: SMU receiver Courtland Sutton
Comment: Mitchell Trubisky took his rookie lumps in 12 starts, and it didn't help that he lost his top two receivers to injury before he even took his first snap. Cameron Meredith is coming off a torn ACL and oft-injured Kevin White has played in a grand total of five games since being taken seventh overall in 2015. Courtland Sutton hasn't gotten the same kind of attention as the other top receivers in this class, but he has great size (6-4, 215), which he uses to outmuscle defenders at the catch point. He still needs to refine his route running, but he could be a useful target for Trubisky for years to come.

Todd McShay, ESPN (Feb. 6)
Pick: Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley
Comment: The Bears desperately need playmakers on the outside for second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky and can't count on Kevin White to stay healthy. Ridley is the clear No. 1 wideout in this class, and while I don't think he's a true No. 1 NFL wide receiver, he's much better than his stats in a run-heavy Alabama offense indicate. Denzel Ward would be another consideration here.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (Feb. 15)
Pick: Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley
Comment: They have to get a go-to player for Mitchell Trubisky and Ridley is the best of the receiving group. I also think they could go corner here.

Chad Reuter, (Feb. 13)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
Comment: The Bears' secondary needs an upgrade. Ward's toughness and agility in coverage will help him overcome his average size.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports (Feb. 5)
Pick: Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley
Comment: The stars seem to be aligning—yes, in February—for this seemingly ideal match to come to fruition on draft night. The Bears must be aggressive in building around Mitchell Trubisky, so they nab the first non-quarterback on the offensive side of the ball.

R.J. White, CBS Sports (Jan. 26)
Pick: LSU defensive end Arden Key
Comment: The Bears can save more than $11.5 million on their cap by parting ways with both Pernell McPhee and Willie Young, and going that route while using this pick on an elite talent like Key makes sense if they're confident his off-field red flags won't be an issue. The premier pass-rusher dealt with injuries himself in 2017, but he's impressed against top SEC talent and should be a constant sack threat in the NFL if he can stay on the field.

Lance Zierlein, (Feb. 13)
Pick: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
Comment: The Bears' secondary needs an upgrade, and while Ward isn't the biggest cornerback in the draft, he is outstanding in coverage.

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