They traded down twice, but when they finally made a selection, the Chicago Bears drafted offensive guard Cody Whitehair out of Kansas State with the 25th pick in round two of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Whitehair played a lot of offensive tackle in college but he will be moved inside due to his lack of length, which is required to pass block at the NFL level. Whitehair will immediately step in and compete with veterans Matt Slauson and free agents Ted Larsen and Manny Ramirez at left guard, with Kyle Long solidifying the right guard position.
In trading down twice, the Bears acquired the Buffalo Bills’ fourth-round pick this year and a fourth-rounder in 2017, plus another fourth-rounder from the Seattle Seahawks.
The moves were notable since the Bears gave up a fourth-round selection when they moved up two slots to select Leonard Floyd in the first round on Thursday night.