Cody Whitehair prepares for NFL Draft

Published: Apr. 27, 2016 at 11:13 PM CDT
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Kansas State has the Big 12’s longest NFL draft streak at 22 years.

With the NFL draft kicking off on Thursday, Wildcat offensive lineman, Cody Whitehair, looks to extend that.

Most mock drafts have the Abilene native projected to go late in the first round. He’s the draft’s top guard prospect despite playing tackle at Kansas State. On the inside, speed rushers won’t give him as much of an issue. Cody said he knew he had the ability to go pro his junior year in college when all the accolades starting coming in.

What has set him apart is his hard work and dedication.

“You know I was always dedicated to the film room and making myself better there,” he said. “You know, my coaches at K-State were always encouraging and telling me that I’m going to be there eventually I just have to put in the work.”

He said his combine experience was stressful but he felt he impressed the scouts there. Cody’s football IQ can impress any doubter.

“When the teams ask you to get up on the board and draw up the offense, that's where I really set myself apart,” Cody said. “I thought I interviewed well and I’m the kind of guy that can play anywhere and am willing to do anything for the team.”

Now he will sit and wait with his family and friends. Waiting for a phone call that will change his life. Cody says he doesn’t care where he goes as long as he gets drafted.

“It's really exciting,” He said. “I mean it's a childhood dream and to live out the dream would be awesome.”