The Bears on Saturday selected Florida Atlantic running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. with the No. 222 pick in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Whyte appeared in 37 games the past three seasons at Florida Atlantic, rushing for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns on 232 carries and catching 22 passes for 227 yards with two TDs. He also averaged 26.1 yards on 81 kickoff returns with two touchdowns.
“The first trait when you’re talking about this player is speed, standout speed for this guy,” said general manager Ryan Pace. “He runs a 4.38 [in the 40]. He also brings a lot of value to special teams, so we’re excited to get him at that point.”
Whyte established career highs in all rushing categories with 134 attempts, 866 yards and eight touchdowns while playing in 12 games last season. The 5-10, 200-pounder also averaged 28.7 yards on 19 kickoff returns with one TD.
“I’m giving this whole organization, this whole city, everything I’ve got,” Whyte said Saturday during a conference call with Chicago reporters. “They’re going to get every ounce of energy in me. I’m just thankful for this organization. Whatever role that may be, I’m going to give them my all.”
Whyte said that he did a private workout with the Bears at Florida Atlantic that was conducted by running backs coach Charles London.
“It went pretty well thankfully,” Whyte said. “We did a lot of catching and route-running, stuff like that. I think that kind of helped my situation here, so I’m thankful for the opportunity in the Bears organization.”