The Chicago Bears found the No. 20 spot in the 2013 NFL Draft littered with players they had supposedly been linked to. But with LBs Alec Ogletree and Manti Te’o, WR Cordarelle Patterson and TE Tyler Eifert still on the board, the Bears selected Oregon OG Kyle Long, son of Diane and Howie Long, despite having secured additional help at the position this offseason.
Perhaps making the pick even more of a nail-biter was the fact that DT Sharrif Floyd, a player believed to be a top-5 selection by many, was also still available. He ultimately went 23rd overall to the Minnesota Vikings, and now the Bears could stand to face further criticism should he succeed within their division.
But Long was the pick. And here are the measurements and agility results:
- 6’6”, 313 lbs.
- 4.94 in the 40-yard dash
- 1.75 10-yard dash
- 2.82 20-yard dash
- 4.63 20-yard shuttle
- 7.83 three-cone drill
- 28-inch vertical jump
- 8’11” broad jump
- Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times
- 32 1/8-inch arm length
- 10 7/8-inch hands
- 79 1/8-inch wingspan
Long attended St. Anne's-Belfield (Ivy, Va.) High School and was selected in the 23rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox, but decided to accept a baseball scholarship to Florida State instead. He did not play football until 2010 when he appeared in 11 games at defensive end for Saddleback College.
Long jumped to the offensive line and played tackle in 2011, moving to Oregon in 2012, playing 11 games for the Ducks, starting his final five contests as a left offensive guard.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Long talented but underdeveloped and raw. There’s no debate among scouts that Long can be a great offensive lineman at the next level, but the question is one that came into play last season when the Bears drafted Shea McClellin at No. 19; could Chicago have grabbed Long in the second round? It’s possible.
It certainly wasn’t surprising to see the team lean toward the offensive line, as it had seemed like the front office brass had been purposely steering the conversation away from the line for some time now—cloak and dagger-type stuff—and that had been after hiring a new head coach known to put a priority on QB protection and an offensive line coach turned offensive coordinator.
Our own Dominique Blanton even named Long his 2013 Pick to Click, saying, “Long has all the tools to be the best OG prospect from this class three years from now. He displays great athletic ability; he’s very quick getting out of his stance in pass protection and in getting to the second level as a run blocker. He is a player hardly anyone is talking about who could be one of the best prospects to come out the 2013 NFL Draft.”
“He's going to start out a guard,” Chicago Bears’ GM Phil Emery said of Long. “We feel like he can be a starting right tackle. We feel he can be a good left tackle. We see a player that is going to contribute right away. I thought he was the best O-lineman on field, and we had some conversations prior to the Draft but nothing that would take us off that pick; Kyle had to be gone.”
Long moves well and should be a fit for the Bears’ zone-blocking scheme. He has good size and surprising mobility for a player of said size, but he is still a relative newbie to game as a player. Head scratching? Maybe a little, but there will be no Draft-day grades given out by me.
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