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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Detroit Lions select Cody Whitehair

The Detroit Lions select Cody Whitehair with the 46th pick in the POD Community Mock Draft.

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With the 46th pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. Below, Alex Reno explains his pick.

With the addition of Andrew Billings, I can now focus my attention on the offensive line where I see that a guy like Cody Whitehair is still on the board. If this were the actual scenario come Friday night, I'm sprinting up to the podium to make that pick. Whitehair is my top ranked interior lineman and the 38th overall ranked prospect on CBS Sports. You're not going to find a more versatile lineman in the draft, maybe ever. In fact, many draftniks believe that Whitehair has the ability to play all five positions on the offensive line.

Looking for a someone to replace Travis Swanson at center? Cody Whitehair. Need a starting right tackle? Yep, Cody Whitehair.

When looking at Whitehair's measurables, there are a few obvious concerns. For one, he's not exactly as long as you'd hope for an offensive tackle, which leads me to believe that his best position is either at guard or center. He also posted a measly 16 bench reps at the combine, which was in the two percentile among all OGs dating back to 1999. Still, that's an easy fix with some extra devoted time in the weight room.

Despite his lack of play strength, Whitehair ranked second among all guards in Pro Football Focus' run block success metric. He's prone to getting overpowered by stronger DTs, but he takes the right angles in the run game and his technique is next to flawless. There just aren't any glaring weaknesses to Whitehair's game.


Check out our 2016 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.

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