It seems the closer we get to the 2016 NFL Draft, the more the mock drafters are all over the board for the Chicago Bears at 11th overall. Edge rusher, defensive end, corner, quarterback, offensive line, it seems the only consensus is that there isn't a consensus. It will be interesting to see what Bears general manager Ryan Pace does on April 28th. If his board is full of similarly rated players, he could look to trade down.
SB Nation has been tracking numerous mock drafts right here, and their latest pie chart has nine different players at six different positions, plus 15.7% of the mocks going with "others" for the Bears.
There are also rumors circulating that the Bears have serious interest in trading for New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, which could cost the Bears the number 11 pick.
Let's take a look at a few other recent mock drafts.
Pro Football Focus just dropped a three rounder and they have a new face pop up at 11.
11 - Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
Few interior defensive linemen possess the size and burst of Jones, who posted our second-best pass rushing grade while producing at an incredible level in just over 1,000 snaps the last two years. He adds even more depth to the defensive overhaul in Chicago.
There's a lot to like about Jones. Good size and length (6'6", 310), good explosiveness, good strength, he can play one gap or two gap and he can probably line up anywhere along the line. He has a tendency to get sloppy with his technique at times, but that could be because he was just able to physically win a lot of one on one battles. Get him some good coaching and watch him thrive as a professional.
In the second round, they have the Bears going offense.
41 - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
With Matt Forte moving on, Dixon adds a shifty backfield presence while also doubling as the draft's best receiving running back. He had the highest receiving grade in the draft class while doing damage in the backfield and out of the slot.
He's a solidly built 5'10", 215 pounds and he is a fantastic athlete. His straight line speed has been questioned (4.58 forty), but he hits the hole hard and he decisive.
PFF's third round has the Bears going back to D.
72 - Kevin Dodd, OLB, Clemson
Dodd's late-season surge may push him much higher in the draft, but he was a good, not great pass rusher. He uses his hands well on the edge in the run game and adds great depth to Chicago's defensive front.
Dodd played opposite Shaq Lawson at Clemson and he had 23.5 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks. He has a high motor and at 6'5", 277 pounds he could play some from a 2 point stance.
Will Brinson of CBSSports just dropped a new mock today and he has Chicago addressing their secondary.
Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: The Bears quietly reworked their defense into something John Fox and Vic Fangio can do damage with in 2016. Adding a corner like Hargreaves is just another plus addition.
Another CBSSports mock from today came from Jared Dubin.
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State: Lee gives the Bears an elite athlete on the second level of their defense. John Fox usually has his defenses playing very well within a couple years, and Lee would certainly help him do that in Chicago.
Lee projects to the inside linebacker position and the Bears just revamped the position in free agency, so I'm not sure he's the best fit at 11. Then again, Lee is such a great athlete that the Bears may want to play him at OLB and have him rush the passer. He's also very good in coverage so the Bears could have him do that also.
Their colleague, Pete Prisco, had his latest mock go live two days ago.
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: When you can get a player of this talent level here at this spot, you take him. They could have a heck of a line next season.
Bucky Brooks has NFL.com's most recent mock draft and he also has the Bears taking Hargreaves.
John Fox can't resist adding a feisty cover corner with sound technical skills and a high football IQ.
NFL.com's Chad Reuter has a mock from last week, but it's a 5 rounder, so those are always fun.
11 - Jack Conklin - OT, Michigan State
The Bears made an investment in free-agent Bobby Massie to take over the right-tackle spot, which allows former first-round pick Kyle Long to move back to guard. Now they land a left tackle in Conklin who will be a force in the running game and will protect Jay Cutler.
Conklin may not have the nimblest of feet, but he's athletic enough that if he can tighten up his technique, he can play the left side.
41. Chicago Bears: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
72. Chicago Bears: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
106. Chicago Bears: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB, Maryland
150. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
I think most pf us would be on board with that 2nd round pick, but the other three haven't been discussed much around here.
Prosise is a good receiver out of the backfield and he has the size to take a pounding (6', 220). Ngakoue is a good athlete with good production last year. His 13.5 sacks was tied for 2nd in the nation and he added 45 QB pressures. Jones is a burner (4.33 forty), he's best in man coverage, but his size is more suited for nickle (5'9", 186).
Sports Illustrated's most recent 2 round mock dropped yesterday and they have the Bears taking ND's Stanley in the 1st.
Even amid negative chatter about Stanley's work ethic, it's still tough to envision him staying up on the board for long. His natural athleticism for the position is outstanding and, unlike Jack Conklin or Taylor Decker, he definitely projects as a left tackle. The Bears still have a hole at that spot.
And in the 2nd round they have the Bears grabbing 6'3", 247 pound Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry.
their attempts at adding a back via free agency indicates they would prefer Jeremy Langford be part of a tandem (or a backup). Henry can be the bell cow if Chicago prefers.
Henry is an intriguing prospect, but he does have some 'boom or bust' in his projections. Will his bruising style play against the bigger players in the NFL? Can he hit the hole quick enough to get his large frame rolling?
Former Bears scout Greg Gabriel, who now works for the National Football Post, has the Bears going defense.
Shaq Lawson - DE/OLB - Clemson - The Bears have to get some outside pass rushers. If Lawson's shoulder gets by the medical people, this could very well be the player the Bears choose.
Lawson was The Man on Clemson's D and he still managed to get 24.5 tackles for loss and compile 12.5 sacks while fighting through double teams and chip blocks.
What are your thoughts on the numerous mocks?
Do you have a favorite prospect at 11 for the Bears?