The Bears announced on Thursday that their nine rookie draft picks have been assigned their preliminary numbers.
First-round draft pick Leonard Floyd was given No. 94 — he wore No. 84 in college, but that number is reserved for receivers and tight ends in the NFL. Veteran defensive lineman Cornelius Washington formerly wore No. 94, but he has been given No. 90 instead.
Guard Cody Whitehair, who wore No. 55 in college, will wear No. 65 with the Bears. Third-round defensive end Jonathan Bullard was assigned No. 69, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski was given No. 44, safety Deon Bush will wear No. 26 — which was vacated after veteran Antrel Rolle was released — cornerback Deiondre’ Hall was given 32d — with the ‘d’ signifying he’s a defensive player; running back Senorise Perry currently holds 32o — running back Jordan Howard has No. 24o, safety DeAndre Houston-Carson will wear No. 36, and receiver Daniel Braverman was given No. 83.
Houston-Carson is the only rookie who gets to wear his college number.
These numbers could be changed when the final 53-man roster has been determined.
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