Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson or Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds.
If Nelson is there, he’e usually the pick, but if not most go with Edmunds.
The Mock Draft Database that SB Nation compiles and updates has Edmunds named 32% of the time, with Nelson the pick 29% of the mock draft board and Ohio State corner Denzel Ward making up 18% of the mock picks, and 18% fall in the other category.
Here’s the latest from SB Nation’s Dan Kadar.
8. Chicago Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
The Bears need playmakers on defense, and there are few better in this draft than Edmunds. Whether he ends up playing on the outside or the inside, he’ll make plays for Chicago. If Edmunds isn’t picked at No. 8, he almost assuredly will not slide out of the top 10.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun Times has is also Edmunds.
A bit of a projection here that the 19-year-0ld Edmunds (he turns 20 on May 2) will develop into a pass rusher, but he has the kind of athleticism, closing speed and coverage ability that Ryan Pace covets. Unlike Leonard Floyd in 2016, Edmunds would be joining a defense that already is in the top-10 in the NFL, which makes him an even better high-ceiling risk.
It’s Edmunds according to the Sporting News too.
The Bears were wise to keep Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator and retain starting cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller. But at the second level of their base 3-4, they could use a dynamic, versatile playmaker who can thrive inside or outside. Fangio, formerly of San Francisco, can get his Patrick Willis/NaVorro Bowman-type here.
The USA Today went this way...
8. Bears — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: After spending the last three months with an almost singular focus on aiding second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago should be overjoyed if Nelson is still on the board. A mauler in the run game with the footwork and form to excel in pass protection, Nelson might have both the highest floor and ceiling of any prospect in the class.
The recent from CBSSports.com is also Nelson.
The Bears need a guard and have Nelson’s college coach on staff. This is a home run pick for Chicago.
Rotoworld is more of the ND OG.
The NFL respects interior offensive linemen, as they should. Interior disruption is king, so preventing it is important. The Bears have a need at one guard spot, and hiring Notre Dame’s offensive line coach only adds fuel to the fire.
NFLDraftscout.com’s Dane Brugler has Nelson in the first round too, but he went a full seven rounds on his mock.
Reuniting Nelson with his college offensive line coach Harry Hiestand would be a great story, but more importantly, the Bears are drafting a future Pro Bowler.
39. Chicago Bears: Kemoko Turay, DE/LB, Rutgers (6-5, 253, 4.65)
105. Chicago Bears: Foley Fatukasi, DT, Connecticut (6-4, 318, 5.16)
115. Chicago Bears: M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina (5-11, 200, 4.54)
145. Chicago Bears: Kyzir White, LB/S, West Virginia (6-2, 218, 4.62)
181. Chicago Bears: Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State (6-5, 218, 4.56)
224. Chicago Bears: Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana (6-0, 230, 4.77)
Brugler’s teammate at NFL Draft Scout, Rob Rang, did a three round mock and his looked like this.
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: It is perhaps appropriate that Bears’ legendary middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was voted into Canton this year as Chicago could find itself in position to add a similar physical specimen in the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Edmunds, a freakish athlete, who at just 19-years-old is still just scratching the surface of his potential.
39. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA – If Mitchell Trubisky is to take the next step in his second season, he’ll need better protection and weapons to work with.
The most recent one from NFL.com is from Bucky Brooks, and his went was Denzel Ward.
Despite the Bears’ focus on upgrading the offense earlier this offseason, adding an electric cover corner with exceptional speed, quickness and movement skills is a top priority for Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.
We’re less that two weeks away from the real deal, are you guys getting pumped up?