The Bears took the FAU running back.
But the other one. After many linked them to running back Devin Singletary, the Bears chose his running back, Kerrith Whyte, in the seventh round Saturday.
Whyte had 134 carries for 866 yards as a senior. He caught 10 passes for 160 yards, too, before deciding to leave school a year early.
“Being completely honest, this decision was made a whole year prior to the 2018 season,” he said. “After the 2017 season, after our bowl game, I woke up with a feeling over my heart saying it’s time to go. So me, I didn’t want to believe it, I was kind of confused, so I sat there and prayed about it continuously and God, he showed me the answer.”
The Bears sent running backs coach Charles London to work him out at FAU.
“It went pretty well, thankfully,” he said. “We did a lot of catching and route running, stuff like that.”Whtye didn’t go to the NFL Scouting Combine, but ran a 4.36-second 40-yard draft at the FAU pro day last month. That would have qualified as the second-fastest at the combine.
The 22-year-old — the first of the Bears’ two seventh-round picks Saturday — returned a kickoff for a touchdown in each of the last two years.
The team drafted Georgia receiver Riley Ridley and Kansas State cornerback Duke Shelley earlier in the day.