Cody Whitehair is a Chicago Bear! He was picked 56th overall, with the 25th pick in the second round, which makes him the highest ever draft pick for Chicago from Kansas State. Whitehair, who will likely play left guard but may be asked to shift to tackle, is in august company as far as other Kansas State players to be drafted in the second round, joining Thomas Randolph, Barrett Brooks, Kevin Lockett, Todd Weiner, Darren Howard, Quincy Morgan, Jon McGraw, Terry Pierce, Jordy Nelson, Daniel Thomas, and Arthur Brown.
Whitehair was considered one of the best OL prospects in this draft class, so it may seem strange he fell to the mid-to-late second round. His poor performance in the bench press at the NFL Combines may have hurt his prospects (Rick Campbell, Chicago Tribune). But as ESPN's Todd McShay suggests, Whitehair is a perfect fit for the Bears (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).
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Other Kansas State prospects are still waiting to her their name called. As of this writing, the draft is well into the seventh round, and Glenn Gronkowski has not been selected yet, and neither have Danzel McDaniel, Matt Kleinsorge, Morgan Burns, Luke Hayes and Boston Stiverson. We'll keep you posted on these players as the draft rolls to a finish today.
The baseball team appears to have turned the corner. They have now won four games in a row, and seven of their last ten. Yesterday's 3-2 win over Iowa was the seventh straight for the BatCats over the Hawkeyes.
Parker Rigler had himself a day, striking out seven and pitching through the sixth inning. He only had one error, and his solid effort on the mound made the win possible. Reliever Lucas Benenati held strong down the stretch, getting the final two outs and sealing the win, his third save of the season.
Up next, the BatCats play the second game of the series against the Hawkeyes at 6 PM tonight. The game had to be postponed to account for severe weather.
In the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships, Kansas State lost 4-0 to Oklahoma State. Although the team had played well to oust Iowa State in the previous round, the Wildcats could not sustain the momentum against the Cowgirls. Because of inclement weather, singles matches were played first, and after the team went down by four singles matches, the remaining two singles matches were not completed, and the teams decided to skip the doubles point.
The Wildcats finished the season with 11 wins, the most since 2011. They also equalled their Big 12 tournament effort from last year, making it to the quarterfinals for the second straight season.