April 26th, 2013
by bearsbacker

NCAA Football: Senior BowlThe Chicago Bears drafted guard/tackle Kyle Long with the No. 20 selection on the first night of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Bears had been looking to possibly trade down in the draft. With San Francisco moving up to the No. 18 spot to draft S Eric Reid the possibilities for the Bears to move down diminished.

With linebackers Alec Ogletree, Manti Te’o, tight end Tyler Eifert, defensive tackle Shariff Floyd and cornerback Desmond Trufant available at No. 20 it seemed likely that the Bears would have drafted one of them.

But the Bears went with University of Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long. Long is the son of former Raiders star DE Howie Long and the brother of Rams DE Chris Long. Both his dad and brother claim that Kyle is the best athlete in the family.

Kyle Long stands at 6’6″, 313 lbs and is a very versatile and athletic offensive lineman. He can play both the guard and tackle spot on the offensive line.

He projects to play left guard, but he could possibly compete J’Marcus Webb for the right tackle job this season. However his inexperience at the position makes him more of a developmental player. He should be viewed as a high risk/high reward type of player.

He ran a 4.94 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Many analysts said he was the second most athletic interior lineman behind Jonathan Cooper who was picked by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 7.

2012 was his only season at Oregon. He appeared in 11 games making five starts at left guard.

He was chosen by the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 MLB Draft, but chose to attend Florida State University to play baseball there.

He failed out of Florida State and was charged with a DUI before transferring to Saddleback Junior College in 2010. He played defensive end at Saddleback before making the switch to the offensive line.

Chicago Bears Phil Emery had this to say about Kyle Long (via chicagotribune.com).

“He is the type of athlete and player that we have targeted. Fast, tough, dynamic athlete. Obviously, he has had an interesting road.”

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