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3. Cody Whitehair, G Kansas State
Cody Whitehair received All-Big 12 Honors every year as a four-year starter. As a freshman, Whitehair received an honorable mention followed by back to back seasons as a second team selection. Finally, he achieved first team accolades as a senior. After playing both right tackle and left guard at Kansas State, he provides versatility that can immediately help a teams depth chart. Plus, as a four-year starter and a team captain, Whitehair brings leadership skills to the locker room.
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Acceleration issues hinders his run blocking ability. Lance Zierlein reports Whitehair “played from two-point stance as tackle in college and needs to prove he can fire out of three-point stance and generate push at the point of attack in the running game.” Although he played both guard and tackle, Whitehair is projected to play guard in the pros which means lining up in the three point stance. Also, he only put up 16 reps during the bench press at the combine. That was the second lowest total of any offensive lineman who participated in the drill causing concern over strength issues.
Aside from the poor showing at the bench press, all signs point to Whitehair being a solid guard in the NFL who can potentially start right away. With Kelechi Osemele signing with the Oakland Raiders, a spot is open on the Ravens offensive line. Whitehair is arguably the best guard in the draft, and the Ravens would be happy to take him early in the second round.
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