Mock draft season is in full swing and the "experts" are all over the place in mocking players to the Chicago Bears at 11th overall. We've learned that Bears general manager Ryan Pace is a best player available type drafter, so that should mean that every position is a possibility.
The Bears need an infusion of talent at multiple positions so I honestly don't see anything that is off the table, although I would be disappointed if the Bears don't draft defense. I would probably be surprised if the Bears took a wide out for a 2nd consecutive year, but with Alshon Jeffery's contract status technically still up in the air, one could argue they need help at receiver too.
As long as there isn't another injury situation with their 1st rounder, the Bears could be drafting a player that will immediately play, unless they decide to pluck a developmental quarterback like Nate Davis of the USA Today predicts.
11. Chicago Bears - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: Jay Cutler quietly had a highly effective 2015 season ... but that occurred under Gase. The Bears haven't seemed wholly committed to Cutler in a while, and this could be the best time to deal him. Regardless, this is probably the year they get a new quarterback, whether he has to temporarily sit behind Cutler or not, and Wentz seems to have everything you'd want on his resume, a big-time college background notwithstanding.
I really don't see the Bears moving Cutler this offseason. It would be a step back for a franchise that enters year 2 of the rebuild. If they go with Wentz, or another QB in the draft, it makes more sense to let him sit and learn the pro game for at least a season while Cutler stays as the #1.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation did a trades scenario on his latest mock draft, just to spice things up a bit.
11. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Although the Bears need to add a lot of talent on defense, Stanley's value at No. 11 is too good to pass up. He could be the long-term answer at left tackle the team hasn't had for years.
I would be perfectly fine with the Bears adding some talent to the o-line. I think Charles Leno is a decent player, but he's still a work in progress as he enters his 3rd year. A top prospect like Stanley would be an immediate upgrade for Chicago's starting 5.
SB Nation also has a lovely pie chart graph that they will continuously update, showing a compilation of expert mock draft picks for each team.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com ran through a 4 round mock draft and he has the Bears going in this direction.
PICK 11 Myles Jack - LB, UCLA
The Bears can play the athletic and tough-minded Myles Jack in any spot in their linebacking corps.
41. Chicago Bears: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
72. Chicago Bears: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
106. Chicago Bears: Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State
I'd be fine with the Bears grabbing the talented Jack. I really dig that 2nd rounder too.
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein also has the Bears going defense.
PICK NO.11 A'Shawn Robinson - DT Alabama
Vic Fangio benefited from a physical, tone-setting defensive front in San Francisco. Robinson gets Chicago a step closer to that type of defensive line.
CBSSports.com's Rob Rang has the Bears going in a different direction.
11. Chicago Bears: Noah Spence, OLB/DE, Eastern Kentucky
Coach John Fox surprised many when he pushed for the Denver Broncos to select the "too small" Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick back in 2011. He could see similar upside with Spence, a former five-star recruit who began his career at Ohio State and flashed dominance at the Senior Bowl. Spence comes with serious character red flags but he's the most explosive edge rusher in this draft, possessing the burst and bend to star for Fox and defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio.
Spence may be the best pass rusher in the draft. A solid combine from the small school Spence could push him even further up the board.
Rang's colleague at CBS, Dane Brugler, has his own mock and he has the Bears going with UCLA's Jack.
Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA: The Bears need to add impact players on defense and Jack certainly fits that job description. He isn't the prototype for Chicago's 3-4 base, but his difference-making skills transcend scheme.
Bryan Perez from Draft Breakdown is another that mocks defense to the Bears.
11. Chicago Bears - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The Bears defense is entering its second season under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and should be much improved after an off-season is used to acquire talent to fit his scheme. Lawson could be a major piece of that puzzle. The Bears need to add players who can pressure the quarterback, and Lawson fits that mold. He has very good size, length and burst off the edge to project as a consistent penetrator and potentially double-digit sack artist. He was the key defensive cog in Clemson's remarkable 2015 season and can be the kind of talent that the Bears begin to build their defense around.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated has a 2 rounder.
11 - REGGIE RAGLAND LB, Alabama
There's often hesitancy to take an inside linebacker early in Round 1 (and Ragland proved at the Senior Bowl with his lethargic performance that he is an ILB, not an OLB). But this is a terrific spot for Ragland, who instantly should be a standout NFL run defender.
41 - VERNON BUTLER DL, Louisiana Tech
I think this twosome could step in and start from day 1 with the Bears. Ragland at the mike backer sport and Butler at a defensive end position.
Rotoworld's Josh Norris has the Bears going in a direction I've yet to see this mock season.
11. Chicago Bears - Ohio State LB Darron Lee - John Fox invested at linebacker in multiple previous stops. The Bears lack speed on defense, and Lee offers it. Yes, Lee missed some tackles this season, but I think his agility put him in plays others might not reach. Improvements to the interior of the defensive line would also help.
Over at Walter Football, they have a recent 4 rounder up and they go into detail on each pick.
11. Chicago Bears: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
The Bears look to rebuild their defense with a linebacker who could restore the great tradition in Chicago. Ragland totaled 102 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, seven pass breakups, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2015. His man coverage on tight ends like Arkansas' Hunter Henry and Ole Miss' Evan Engram was particularly impressive. That, in combination with Ragland's pass rush as a defensive end, illustrates his three-down starting potential for the NFL. In 2014, Ragland notched 95 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, three passes broken up, one interception, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder is a big, physical in-the-box defender.
41. Chicago Bears: William Jackson, CB, Houston
Chicago could stand to improve its secondary. Adding some corner upgrades would make sense, and sources said that the Bears like Jackson. Jackson recorded 43 tackles, five interceptions and 23 passes broken up in 2015. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder has excellent height and length, but also has a tall, lanky frame that he needs to fill out for the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Jackson was a steady defender for Houston. He recorded two interceptions, 37 tackles and 10 passes broken up in 2014. The previous year, he had one pick, 35 tackles and seven passes batted.
72. Chicago Bears: Germain Ifedi, OT/G, Texas A&M
The Bears could use help at offensive tackle, and Ifedi has upside to develop. Ifedi (6-5, 325) was a steady right tackle for the Aggies and is an athletic blocker with quickness. He has more strength and nastiness to him than other recent Aggies line prospects like Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi. Some scouts think that Ifedi would be better off at guard in the NFL.
103. Chicago Bears: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
It is pretty impressive what Adam Gase and Jay Cutler did with little talent at receiver in 2015. Brandon Marshall was traded away, Kevin White missed the season, Alshon Jeffery was banged up, and Eddie Royal didn't produce. Adding another receiver would make sense for the Bears. Carroo made 39 receptions for 809 yards with 10 touchdowns in 2015. He missed 2.5 games during the year on different suspensions, but finished the season with the team. At the Senior Bowl, Carroo (5-11, 217) showed a lack of speed and inability to get separation. He is stiff and tight. Carroo reeled in 55 passes for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014.
I would really like these first three picks to fall this way for the Bears, but I'm not that giddy over Carroo.
Which one of these mock drafts do you like best?