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Chicago Bears select Kansas State offensive lineman Cody Whitehair in the second round

The Chicago Bears have selected former Kansas State offensive lineman Cody Whitehair in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Chicago Bears have selected Cody Whitehair in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Whitehair was a four-year starter for Kansas State who started 51 of 52 career games for the Wildcats. He played right tackle and right guard his first two years, then started at left tackle the last two seasons.

He's 6-4, 301 with 38 3/8-inch arms. In 2015, Whitehair was named first-team All-Big 12 and was first-team Academic Big-12.

He projects best as a guard or center at the next level, as he's not tall enough or long enough to play tackle in the NFL.

The Bears now have some options along the interior of the offensive line. They can move Matt Slauson to center and plug in Whitehair at left guard, or try the rookie at center, challenging last year's 3rd-round pick Hroniss Grasu.

There's also a long-shot chance they'll slide Kyle Long to left tackle and insert Whitehair at right guard.

Whitehair was considered a borderline first-round pick and was arguably the best player on the board after the Bears traded back twice to the 56th pick in the draft.


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