Heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, and coming off of a 6-10 season, the Chicago Bears have definite needs that they will be looking to fill in the early rounds of April’s draft.
With the 11th pick in the first round, the Bears will have a chance to land an impact player that should contribute in a big way immediately. The most glaring need for the team is another pass rusher to put opposite of Pernell McPhee. Additional positions that may get a look are cornerback, left tackle and wide receiver.
Below, take a look at 11 prospects that the Bears will have to consider when making their selection.
Defensive Line/Pass Rushers
Allen is more of an anchor than an explosive threat, but the 6-3, 283-pound defensive end from Alabama would help solidify the Bears’ line.
Buckner might not be an exciting pass rusher off the edge, but all 6-7, 290 pounds of him will be tough to block even at the next level.
If they were to select Floyd, the Bears would need to be confident he can retain his explosiveness while putting on some weight.
Lawson, a 6-3, 275-pound defensive end, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds and was one of the stars of college football’s national championship game. Having started only one season in college, Lawson could go anywhere between the fifth and 15th picks.
Nkemdiche’s character has been called into question after he injured himself falling out of a hotel window near the end of Ole Miss’ 2015 season. If the Bears feel good about Nkemdiche as a person, they could get the most talented prospect in the draft with the 11th pick.
With good size and speed, Ogbah has the potential to grow into one of the NFL’s most-fearsome pass rushers within a few years.
Vernon Hargreaves III
Hargreaves is another player that could go anywhere in the 5-15 range. On the shorter side, expect the Florida corner to be available when the Bears pick in the first round.
Decker is the least sexy pick on this list, but the Bears could do worse than the tough, proven lineman from Ohio State.
As far as protecting the quarterback, no prospect in 2016 is better than Stanley. The 6-6, 315-pound tackle from Notre Dame has a good chance of being taken before it’s time for the Bears to pick.
Boyd might be a reach with the 11th pick, but he has the tools to be a really good wide receiver in the NFL.
If Treadwell is taken by the Bears, he would be coming home. The 6-2 wide receiver went to Crete-Monee High School.