Now that the NFL Combine is in the books, all the mock drafter are getting down with a new crop of mock drafts. Even though the combine rarely alters a team's draft board, the mock drafter seem to always get some fluctuation after Player X only ran a 4.8 forty yard dash or Player Y struggled getting 12 reps up on the bench.
The tape is always King, but the interviews and medicals at the combine could alter a board on occasion. All the collegiate Pro Days will be starting up soon, so if an athlete failed to impress in Indianapolis, he'll have a chance at retribution on his home turf.
This entire mock draft season there's been little consensus when it comes to the Chicago Bears at 11th overall. The only thing most mock drafters agree on, is the Bears will probably go defense. The other ESPN draft guru, Todd McShay, has the Bears going with a defensive lineman in the first.
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The Bears need more impact players on defense, and Lawson -- who led the FBS with 25.5 tackles for loss last season -- fits the bill. He plays with a good mixture of relentlessness, technique and discipline. Lawson isn't the best athlete on tape, but he tested well at the combine and has a good first step.
At 6'3", 269 pounds, Lawson may be a little lighter that ideal for a 3-4 defensive end, but he seemed to play big at Clamson. Plus he is a decent athlete for his size. Some NFL scouts even see him playing 3-4 strong-side OLB in the NFL, but I can't see the Bears drafting him for that spot. If he's on the Bears radar, it's as a DE.
McShay has Alabama DE A'Shawn Robinson going with the very next pick and if you prefer bulk at DE, he'd be your guy.
The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah had his Mock 3.0 up at NFL.com and he has the Bears taking Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame
Stanley is a Day 1 starting left tackle.
While his commentary is weak, he's right. Stanley would probably be an upgrade over Charles Leno Jr.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has the Bears going linebacker.
11. Chicago Bears: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Lee is a versatile run-and-hit linebacker who fits today's NFL and transcends scheme, fitting the Bears' 3-4 base defense.
As they continues the transition to a 3-4 scheme, Chicago needs to add impact players with speed, which is exactly how some scouts describe Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee. A former high school quarterback, Lee is still learning the position, but has the versatile athleticism and aggressive nature that makes him an instant contributor.
Lee was one of the winners of the NFL combine with a 4.47 40-yard dash and other positive numbers that backs up the film. Although still young in quarterback years, he has the attacking mindset and competitive drive that fit what the Bears need.
Lee is 6'1", 232 pounds and he really filled the stat sheet during his 2 years in college with 146 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 3 interceptions, 5 passed defended, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries in 28 games.
Rob Rang, also of CBS Sports, also has the Bears taking a linebacker.
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: The Bears made strides defensively in the first year under coach John Fox and coordinator Vic Fangio, but this remains a largely toothless defense. Ragland won't be viewed by everyone as a great value this early, but his instincts, physicality and ability to rush make him an ideal fit in the Bears' 3-4 base defense.
In the Bears 3-4 scheme, Ragland (6'1", 247) would be the Mike backer, but a guy like Lee would be the Jack backer. The Bears need help at either spot, but I would expect them to address ILB in free agency. Ragland did show some versatility at the Senior Bowl, so he may offer a team more than just a 2 down thumper.
CBS Sports' Will Brinson has the Bears also going with an Alabama product.
A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: Big body to go on a defensive front as Vic Fangio and John Fox continue to revamp.
Is 6'4", 307 pounds big enough for you? He has the strength to play in a 2 gap front, but if asked to penetrate he's athletic enough.
There's one more from the guys at CBS Sports, here's how Pete Prisco has the Bears mocked.
Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: Kyle Fuller is a good player at one corner, but they need more help at the other. Apple has a ton of talent, but some scouts are concerned about his easy-going approach. Does he love it? Bears coordinator Vic Fangio will make sure he does.
Apple has good size to match up with today's wide outs (6'1", 199), and like his teammate Darron Lee, he's also a redshirt sophomore. Apple can play man to man and will probably be a day 1 starter for the Bears.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has a 2 round mock up, and yes it is in a slideshow. He also has the Bears taking Ohio State's Lee.
Few players enjoyed as productive a week as Darron Lee had at the scouting combine. Weighing in at 6'1" and 232 pounds, the freak linebacker ran a 4.43 in the 40 and vertical-jumped 35.5". Lee, who many are comparing to former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, would be a nightmare for offenses in Vic Fangio's defense.
There's a precedent here given Fangio's love for athletic inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman when he ran the defense in San Francisco. Lee, while not as instinctive as either Willis or Bowman, has the speed to run with tight ends, the pass-rush skills to crash the A-gaps and the toughness to track down the ball in the run game.
The rebuilding project in Chicago will take two or three draft classes to complete, but adding Lee next to Christian Jones on the inside of the defense helps the cause.
He lost me at Christian Jones. Nothing Jones did last year showed me he deserves to be starting at ILB in 2016. He might have a great offseason and shock Bears' Nation, but I'll need to see it to believe it.
Miller is mocking Jihad Ward, DE, of Illinois to the Bears in the 2nd round. Ward is 6'5", 297 pounds and relatively new to his position. At his junior college he began his career as a receiver'safety before growing into the d-line. he was very active on a couple of bad Illinois teams with 104 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, 5 fumble recoveries and 4 forced fumbles in 24 games.
I haven't seen Ward mocked this high, but you never can tell how a team has their board laid out.
What do you guys think of how the mocks are playing out for the Bears?
Also be sure to check out SB Nation's cool compilation pie chart on where teams are being mocked.