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Pro Football Focus called the Bears' selection of Kansas State G Cody Whitehair one of the best picks of the draft.

The Bears plucked Whitehair out of the pool in the second round at No. 56. "His positioning and technique are already at the level of a seasoned NFL veteran," PFF's Gordon McGuinness wrote, "and if he can put a bit more strength on his frame, Whitehair has the potential to be a top-5 interior lineman." While the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder played tackle early in his collegiate career, PFF (like most outlets) views him as an NFL guard.
May 2 - 11:26 PM

Bills signed Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski.

Gronkowski (6'2/239) made 20 starts in three years at K-State, earning second-team All-Big 12 as a fourth-year junior before turning pro. He finished his career with a 15/369/5 (24.6 YPR) receiving line and one rushing score. The youngest Gronk, Glenn's skill level is closer to Chris or Dan's. Glenn has 4.71 speed and wasn't a dominant lead blocker in college. He's a fringe-NFL talent.
May 1 - 1:24 AM

Bears selected Kansas State G Cody Whitehair with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Whitehair (6'4/301) made 51 starts at K-State, playing right tackle and left guard early in his career before protecting the blind side as a junior and senior. He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2015. Short arms (32 3/8") will send Whitehair back to guard, and he concerningly managed only 16 bench-press reps at the Combine. Often compared to ex-Browns OL Eric Steinbach, Whitehair's best NFL position could prove to be center. Either way, he may need a year in the weight room before carving out a full-time NFL role. Kyle Long is entrenched as the starter at right guard, but Whitehair might develop into the team's long term starter at left guard or center.
Apr 29 - 9:16 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called Kansas State G Cody Whitehair "just kind of a guy."

Said the scout, "[Whitehair] played left tackle [at K-State] but no chance there. Has to be a guard or center. More of an overachiever athlete." Another evaluator came away impressed with the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder's technical ability, telling the Journal Sentinel, "Very steady, technically sound. Always in great position. Great balance, great feet. Plays with really good leverage. Doesn't have ideal arm length but knows how to play." Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar and others have compared Whitehair to Zack Martin.
Apr 25 - 9:58 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Kansas State G Cody Whitehair might lack the strength to be drafted in the top-50.

"Whitehair is an absolute technician. But in scouting circles," Reuter noted, "a lineman lacking the height and length to play tackle and the strength to move grown men off the line of scrimmage is a tough sell in the top 50." Whitehair measures out at 6-foot-4, 301 pounds. Reuter might see a slide here (he still believes a mid-second round selection is in play), but that doesn't necessarily mean everybody is down on the K-State product. In late March, Reuter colleague Gil Brandt tabbed Whitehair as one of the ten most underrated prospects in this draft pool.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 6:56 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner noted that Kansas State G Boston Stiverson's technique is "top-notch."

Stiverson's technique might be impeccable, but Renner sees his size (and more specifically, his strength) as "glaringly lacking" for the pros. The Kansas State product measured in at 6-foot-3, 311 pounds on his Pro Day. Wrote Renner, "He’s the type of guy whose ceiling is obviously limited in the NFL by his physical attributes, but he won’t be a liability and could make a career as a sixth offensive lineman." PFF lists Stiverson as a potential Day 3 selection, if he is selected at all.
Apr 16 - 5:03 PM

NJ.com's Mark Eckel spoke with one NFL scout who believes "if you're looking for a G, you've come to the wrong draft."

Granted this specific NFL evaluator is against taking guards early in the draft, which we think is bogus, but he believes no guard is worth considering with a top two round pick. He even called Kansas State's Cody Whitehair "just a guy" and an AFC scout called Michigan center Graham Glasgow the best guard prospect in this class. We love Glasgow's projection, and teams tend to stay away from 6-foot-6 centers and move them to guard, so the transition makes sense. We think this evaluator needs to give the interior offensive linemen more respect.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 23 - 10:16 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt included Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair on his list of the 10 most underrated prospects in this year's draft pool.

"[Whitehair] played left tackle at K-State; in the NFL, his best position is going to be guard, maybe even center," Brandt wrote, adding that "[h]e's a high-effort player who should play for a long time in the league." The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder also earned a nice bit of synergy in landing on Pro Football Focus' board as the seventh-most underrated prospect earlier this month. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks, Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar and a slew of others have compared Whitehair to Cowboys guard Zack Martin.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 7:10 PM

Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair was likened to Zack Martin by Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar.

We can't give Farrar originality points on this one, but it says something about Whitehair's high floor that everyone sees Martin, likewise a college T turned NFL G, when they watch him. "Whitehair’s story should be similar [to Martin's]—when all he has to do is line up in a three-point stance in that phone booth and fire away, the results should be outstanding—and worthy of first-round consideration," Farrar wrote. This is how Whitehair responded at the Combine when asked how he’d block NFL defensive tackles as a guard: "I think I would jump-set those guys, really get my hands on them and knock them down." The 50-game collegiate starter has short arms (32 3/8") and isn't quite as fluid as you'd like when shuffling to mirror edge rushers. Outside of that, he's an offensive line coach's dream.
Mar 20 - 3:07 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair as the seventh-most underrated prospect in the class.

"He is another guy who appears to be on the outside of the first round in many projections, but has the college numbers to warrant a selection that high," Jeff Dooley wrote. "Whitehair was PFF’s top-graded offensive tackle in 2015, holding up well in pass protection (just two sacks allowed) and absolutely dominating as a run-blocker. Our analysts view him as a guard in the NFL, with the potential to fill in at tackle on occasion." The dominant collegiate left tackle is presumably set to become a dominant NFL guard, though some teams are looking into him as a potential center. If you like versatility, this is your guy.
Mar 17 - 1:08 PM

Kansas State CB/PR Morgan Burns clocked forty times of 4.34 to 4.38 at his pro day.

The burner was snubbed from the Combine, making this his first chance to impress scouts during the process. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that the Cardinals were in the Little Apple specifically to workout Burns as a punt and kick returner. He excels at that, earning First Team All-American honors as a special-teamer.
Mar 9 - 8:03 PM

Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair participated in G and C drills during his pro day workout.

The exclusion of tackle is noteworthy. Whitehair must only be viewed as an interior offensive lineman in NFL circles despite playing left tackle at Kansas State. Many view him as the top guard in the class, a position that is starting to receive the respect it deserves in terms of team building.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 10:59 AM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair is "[p]robably the best guard in the draft."

Whitehair played tackle with the Wildcats, but he'll likely be moving inside once he hits the NFL. "Very steady. Always in great position. Great feet. Knows how to play," the scout said. He's not exactly a physical freak, though, having only turned in 16 reps on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. His arms also measured in a bit short at 32 inches. Another scout who talked with the Journal-Sentinel was decidedly not referring to him as the "best guard in the draft." Said that evaluator, "He's stiff. I'm not as enthused with him as other people."
Mar 5 - 5:36 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks likens Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair to Zack Martin.

"Although he lacks impressive physical dimensions, he is a stout blocker at the point of attack. He plays with balance and body control in tight quarters, exhibiting the ability to anchor against power-based maneuvers on passing downs," Brooks wrote. "Whitehair concedes a little ground, but he eventually stops penetration and redirects defenders off their intended line." The analyst sees the Vikings, Broncos, Colts and Dolphins as possible interested parties. "Whitehair lacks the lateral quickness and movement skills to play extensively on the edges as a pro," Brooks wrote. "He struggles against explosive pass rushers with elite first-step quickness and movement skills. Thus, Whitehair is better suited to play on the inside, where he can rely on body help from his teammates and minimize his deficiencies by playing within a phone booth." On that note, Whitehair revealed this week that teams have been asking him if he'd consider playing center.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 3:17 PM

Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair indicated that several teams have asked him if he'd consider moving to center.

The collegiate left tackle was already assumed to be moving inside to guard at the next level, but it's possible that he will move even further inside to the pivot. Wherever he ends up, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein says Whitehair "might be one of the safest offensive linemen in the entire draft." Zierlein summed up his scouting report thusly: "Whitehair has the ability to be a very good starter with a ceiling that could reach the all-pro level."
Feb 24 - 3:12 PM


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