Bears Select Kyle Long, Guard, of the Longs

Bears Select Kyle Long, Guard, of the Longs

I endorsed this player this week. I took a beaten. I didn't care. I think Kyle Long is the real deal and the NFL have an offensive lineman for the next decade.

He will start at guard in 2013 but don't be surprised if he's a tackle in 2014.

From NFL.com:

Long looked to be on the road to professional success as a two-sport high school star in Charlottesville, Va. The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long (84 sacks in 13 seasons) and brother of Chris Long, the former No. 2 overall pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2008, had the freakish size and athleticism to excel as an all-state baseball pitcher and first baseman, as well as an offensive and defensive lineman for back-to-back state champions at St. Anne’s-Belfield High School.

The lefty pitcher decided to accept a scholarship to Florida State to play baseball after spurning the advances of the Chicago White Sox, who selected him in the 23rd round of the 2008 draft. He lasted only one semester in Tallahassee, however, failing to make grades and eventually being cited for a DUI charge. After spending time at home to ponder his future, he decided to enroll at Saddleback Junior College for the 2010 season. He played defensive end in his first year there (16 tackles, two for loss, sack) and then moved to the offensive line as a sophomore. He chose Oregon over several other FBS suitors coming out of Saddleback, and started 10 out of 12 games for the Ducks on the offensive line despite his relative lack of experience. Applied for a sixth year of eligibility via a medical redshirt, but was denied. Both Howie and Chris Long have referred to Kyle as the best athlete of the family.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks the part of an NFL lineman. Has nice height and long, thick arms, which he can extend to keep defenders at bay in pass protection (sometimes using one hand to ward off his man while on the move). Can turn smaller tackles out of the hole with his upper body strength. Decent leg strength and very good flexibility for his height, as well, which helps him drop his hips and anchor and explode from his stance. Excellent mobility given his size, has no issues moving behind the line or pulling in front of plays -- hitting multiple targets at times. Solid on combo blocks when maintaining his bend, and also displays the footwork to get the outside angle on run blocks, move well on zone plays, and also sustain while his man is trying to spin out of pass pro blocks. Plays with attitude, backs up his teammates on the field, cleans up piles.

Weaknesses

Still new to the game of football, and his play is still a bit unrefined. Doesn’t always play with the natural bend he possesses. Overextends off the snap at times trying to land his punch, losing his balance and allowing his man to disengage. Similarly, will lunge at linebackers when he reaches the second level. Struggles to keep his hands inside of the defender, and will “catch” his assignment. Seems to second guess himself in space or get partial, glancing blows when blocking on the move instead of driving his man to the ground. Rocky start to his college career at Florida State.

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and current St. Louis Rams end Chris Long is making his name on the offensive line for the Ducks. The two-sport star in high school enrolled at Florida State to play baseball (he was a 23rd round pick of the White Sox in 2008), but struggles there caused him to regroup at home for a while before attending Saddleback Junior College. Even as a one-and-done contributor for the Ducks on the line, Long’s combination of size and athleticism won’t be ignored by NFL scouts, who will see his great potential as a starting guard or tackle.

What do you think?

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    We will find out 2x per year he gets to try snd block the guy we should have taken. Shariff Floyd.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    My thoughts exactly.

    We didn't draft him to be a pitcher so I could give a flying fuck what kind of arm he has.
    The only way we'll find out is if he fails to protect Cutty and ends up as the emergency QB.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Hit the nail on the head.

    When's the first Vikings game? We'll know about 2 minutes in if this was a crappy pick.

  • On the plus side the Bulls won!

    Overall I like the player, just not ahead of Floyd and Eifert.

  • And at 4:05am I'm calling it a night/morning.

    Night/morning folks.

  • SMART pick. Helps solidify Oline as well as provide flexibility. Protecting the Franchise. We have bitched for 3+ years for Oline. Emery gave us all our wishes these past 2 offseasons. LB's are still available in 2nd. While not the pick I had (Ogletree) it's probably the smartest pick. Seems Emery had foresight with Lions, Queens, and Fudge taking Dlinemen. Emery is a breath of fresh air from the Angelo era. I'm glad he is our GM.

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    BAM..agree leave him at guard..Ol..

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    Mayock said immediately that he was one of his favorite guys in the whole draft. Immediate starter at guard with the potential to go to tackle. At 6'6 that sound likely. We got ourselves a potentially very good lineman who certainly has excellent pedigree. We're set everywhere except C and RT. I hope Scott makes it as our RT.

    As for Robocrap, we'll see if Schwenke falls our way tomorrow.

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    In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH YOUR OPINION!

  • From chicagobears.com front page: "Emery says Long "flunked out" of Florida State. But has rebounded."

    Fucking great.....

  • In reply to BearDown85:

    Well, they had Te'o= Ghost of girlfriends past, Ogletree=Thug Nation, Eifert= doesn't make sense given Black Unicorn signing, Floyd= Off field reasons/One gap wonder?.....I was expecting Eifert when he was still there. At least the Oline WAS addressed at least.

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    In reply to BearDown85:

    How do you flunk out of football U? I hate this pick. Fn terrible. The guys we left on the board the last 2 years is DISGUSTING

  • He started FOUR fucking games in 2012?

    Any guesses how many bench presses he did in the combine? Or at his pro day?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    4? thought it was 10? damn.........hope that's not true.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Is that a trick question?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Zero.

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    In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    0 he didn't "take the test"

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    In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    4 games. WTF. We could have drafted the guy who started in front of him

  • This is no longer LDL OR GLITCHY'S team we will not be choosing D for the fuck of it..boyz if You want that pick another team...this is fucking offensive minded team now......something we've knew was coming...time we looked at the other side of the ball...arthur brown will fall to us...hold on....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    my thoughts as well

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    have to agree with shady, lobo, and bam

    We've been crying for OL and we got it. I know it's s astretch and we left a WHOLE lot of talent on the board, but dude is a long so we'll see.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If you want a damn guard in the first, then sell out for a great one. Don't half ass it and take a 2nd round guy in the 1st at the position just to take one with the talent at TE, DT, CB, and fucking QB that was left on the board.
    I am completely nonplussed by this pick.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh, and linebacker.
    Would have been nice to get an ILB that projected in the first.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    good points and I agree... but phill don't seem like the sell-out type to me.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Exactly Lobo. We get that line strong, and it's the fourth of July all season long. Jay makes it rain ... and we've got the D to back them up ... as long as we get an LB ... and a you-know-what.

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    Stupid pick

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    So the BEars front office and Mayock don't know shit from shinola?
    In Phil we trust.

  • holy fucking shit... vikings selling the fuck out maingses.

    Did you see what they gave up to get back in?!?!?

  • Round 1: OL

    So far, so good.

  • Fuckin Queens ain't fuckin around.

  • Well, they say nobody out-prepares or out-studies Phil Emery.

    I guess he'll work his magic in the later rounds.

    I guess on a team that Chico Rachal quit on, we needed a guard. And now we have one.

    Let's go get a center now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • Many saying RT and then may move into RG..fuck you webb fuck you bear jew..a new kid on the block...Kromer will mold this kid....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I think Carimi will come into camp with a chip on his shoulder and a healthy knee. I am more optimistic than when they announced Kyle's name.

    Carimi, Webb and Scott have an interesting camp ahead of them.

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    So that means a wasted 1st round pick

  • I have to believe these coaches see something in Kyle. I'm disappointed that we had a chance for Eifert but Kromer may see a starting Guard on the right side.

    From Left to Right

    Bushrod, Slauson, Garza, Long, Webb/Scott

    The pick was lineman but was the line addressed? we'll find out during the long hot summa.

  • Round 2: Barrett Jones

  • Bushrod, Slauson, Jones, Long, Scott might actually open some holes for Forte to run through.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    As long as it isn't Kneebraces in the middle that's my line (or Schwenke). I likey.

    People need to hold back until we bury these guys. Let him suck first. We can't say the position was a bad pick and we can't say he can't play footaball because he only played four games. Phil's happy. Mayock is happy. I'm happy. Yes, Floyd might have been a sexy pick, but offense comes before defense now whether we like it or not.

  • I have this terrible fear that Emery is a complete joker, an assclown that has us snowed, and we're drafting people Phil thinks would have made good midshipmen from his days in the service.

    Anybody getting that? CD and Long look like poster boys for the USN.

    Man. Disappointed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Stop thinking the Jerrah years, gp

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I couldn't put it into words, but you nailed it on the head. I'm worried that we're in for "project picks" every year.

  • In reply to BearDown85:

    Isn't every single player drafted a project though? You never know how a guy will take to life in the real league. Studs come ready to play ... but there's only so many of them.

  • Bushrod, Slauson, JONES, Long, Webb/Scott

    btw, did you guys see when we made our pick they panned over to the bears fans in the audience and they were like, what the fuck!?!?

    There goes patterson $, sorry.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol... we're on the wavelength, MB.

  • VIkings all in this draft....too bad their QB is a chaunce.

  • I trust ETRAIN kid started 7 games not 4...goid bloodline LONG familia!!!!! Alos played d earlier..he's raw and wild be a fucking wild mustang

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    7.

    SMFH.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Where are you getting the 7 starts from?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Not that it matters.
    7 is more than the number of bench presses he did at the combine and pro day combined...by 7.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Bwahhhh

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_KtQ1BqfHM

  • indeed dave.

    Vikings have had a fucking amazing rd 1... they sold out the fucking farm for it... but I'm always a fan of doing that if you believe it's the right thing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, so far, OL.
    Jones in round 2....

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    agree dave.

    Fuck it... I've been whining for oline 1,2, and 3 for years.

    I can't change my course now. Let's fucking do this.

    Jones in 2 please.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe they win their FIRST superbowl one day, but not with Chris fucking Ponder. So draft away Queenies. Draft away.

    I'm going to fuck up AP's knee with mind-bullets this year.

  • I have a sneaking suspicion that my pick Justin Pugh would be a Bear if the Giants didn't snag him at 19.

  • Quite possible, Thei Bears skipped the German I guessed they'd take.

    Did ANYONE pick Long in the T shirt thread?

  • OK, can someone explain to me why there are 33 first round picks?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    There's only 32.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Never mind, I think the updating CBS Sports Draft page is messed up...

  • there goes ogeltree

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep. Fuckity fucksticks.

  • It's rough. Had Glitchy known what apparently every other GM knew in the 2011 draft, that Carimi's knee was a huge risk - then he woulda gone and gotten the next tackle in the order, which was Orlando Franklin, who has been holding down the right side for the Broncos for two years, starting every game.

    I'm afraid Gabe won't even make the roster if we pick up Jones, and thus go down as Glitchy's last giant FU to Chicago.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    Oh crap. I forgot about Orlando Franklin being next up.

  • Someone opinid "Pray to Papa Bear".

    Meh.

    Halas scored HUGE in '65 with Sayers & Butkus He also selected excellent DE ,Steve Delong who signed with SanDiego as the NFL-AFL "war" was still on.

    But other than Wally Chambers & Walter Payton , Papa Bera's 1st round batting average SUCKED.

    I give you the rest of his #1 picks
    George Rice. Loyd Phillips. Mike Hull. . Rufus Mayes Joe Moore. Lionel Antoine. Craig Clemons. Waymond Bryant. Dave Gallagher. Even after Jim Finks was on board the #1s were Dennis Lick. Ted Albrecht. A veritable Who's Who of the mediocre and downright busts,

  • And there goes Frederick. At least we weren't the only team to make a HUGE reach for a lineman in the first round.

  • In reply to BearDown85:

    Buffalo so far has made the biggest reach...

  • Well, at least the Cowboys reached when they stole our 2nd-round Center pick.

  • rabbit... the dude ran a 4.7+ 40.

    Wow... AND the dude just LOOKS like a thug.

    I'm more in on brown or minter.

    hahahahaha... cowboys fans LOVED that Fredrick pick at Center. HAHAHAHA...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, great, he can pull. And then get knocked the fuck out at the point of attack.
    Cooper did 35 reps. Kyle did 0.
    I can do better than that... and you've met me! Shady could outbench me! (I keeed, Shady...)
    I am a huge fan of what Emery has done in FA. Huge fan.
    And I don't think Chicken Dinner is a wasted pick...yet.
    But this one is just absolutely baffling.
    You know he's done stints in rehab for drugs and alcohol, he's 25, and washed out of just about everything he's done so far, right?
    I'll hope that Phil surprises me the rest of the weekend by making up for this one.

  • Nothing like Jerry Jones to make our GM look like Einstein.

    Frederick at 31.

    God, I needed that laugh after our Millenesque pick.

  • Schwenke in R2.

    Someone's gonna snatch up Te'o early in R2. And regret it.

  • Well....I said it would take 3 hours and 36 minutes.....not too far off. Thats all for me tonight. Gonna go dream of what might have been. See you all tomorrow.

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    Where do the bears project drafting at 8-8

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Nah, we still win the Super Bowl this year...
    But dammit.

  • sorry, don't see it, not when he was the 8the O line guy. Not when you see those highlites on Alec O. if its an O over D arguement, there was that TE and WR, or even Eddie Lacy. im sorry, but we are going to face several of these pass ups to include Ogle and he could make the Bears regret that.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Rams have a scary defense methinks.. They're not cursed like the Lions. We might have to send out all eleven players onto the field ....

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    First round picks should not be projects!!!!!!!! He is too tall to play guard, is he going to play right tackle? If so who is going to play guard. The first round is for total freaks. Again, I like Long, I believe be would have been available later. Who started the myth that Emery was some kind of smart guy, last years draft was at best average.

  • Chris Williams was a "consensus" top pick at tackle. Carimi fell and almost everyone on here was ecstatic, except for me. He was another "consensus" top offensive tackle who "fell" to the Bears. I hoped he would be good because I'm a Wisconsin homer, but he wasn't a good pass blocker in college. His knee injury in college happened at the end of the year, so he missed very little playing time in college. Thus, I didn't consider it a major concern.

    I'm happy the Bears drafted the best OL on the board according to Mayock. Emery is getting the benefit of the doubt from me for the next couple years. We have no idea how these guys are going to turn out as pros.

    If some of these draft "experts" are so good, why aren't they GM's? Let's see what Michael Lombardi does for the Browns over the next few years.

    I could give a fuck what most draft experts say. They are wrong as often as they are right in the first round. EVERY year left tackles and DL are at the top of draft boards. EVERY year at least 3-4 guys are taken in the first round to be left tackles, but there are only about 10 elite LT in the NFL and only about half of them were 1st round picks. Some goes for DL. It's a fucking crap shoot. Ansah for the Lions reminds me of a workout / combine warrior who has no football skills like Mike Mamula for the Eagles years ago. Major reach.

    Who knows? Diehard Packer fans in my area were calling for Ted Thompson's head the year they snuck in and won the SB. Now he's a draft guru. The Packers traded up to the 26th pick for the "consensus" 3rd best linebacker on USC that year, Clay Matthews, and everyone considered them crazy. He was a major reach. The SB year, his second year, he was a beast.

    In a drunken round about way, my point is we have no idea how these guys will eventually turn out as pro players. So CHILL THE FUCK OUT! I'm glad we addressed our #1 need, to protect the quarterback who has been shell-shocked the last few years.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    + many

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    In reply to The Fifth:

    Terrible pick. No character. Flunks out of school, gets a DUI, he's old and inexperienced as a rookie, he has addiction issues, he's hiding his bench press numbers, Carimi is going to come back healthy and make Jake Long a number 1 draft choice who doesn't see the field.

    Meanwhile Shariff will be tearing us a new asshole.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    +5

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    IT IS A CRAP SHOOT, no matter how good a talent evaluator anyone is. And, they know more about these players than we do!!

  • I was surprised at the pick but I know jack about college ball. Clearly he was high enough on their board that they thought he wouldn't be there at 50 ... and clearly Carimi isn't well thought of in Halas Hall.

    Do they go the whole hog and draft Robocrap's replacement in Schwenke? Will he be there at 50? That pretty much means we don't get Minter or Brown, and that leaves us light at LB.

    Pugh sure would have been nice to take a countershot at Ziggy Ansah's pick. Sharif looks like a big talent to pass up ... but as we've all been saying for a long time ... fix the line. Surprised so many think he's a bust already. He might be in there for ten years. Sounds like he's got the mobility for the read-option stuff. Can he play center?

    Robocrap. Must. Go.

    In Phil we trust.

    Go Bears.

  • alright, I give.......you the fuck is RoboCrap?

  • I'm with MBP on this one. I was shocked at this pick, more so than last years Shea pick. Long or someone equivalent would have been there in the second. We pass on Eifet who very well may be the next Tony Gonzalez. Yeah we signed a tight end but he aint goin to the hall of fame but Eifert has that kind of talent. The Pats seem to do pretty well with two very good TE's. Seems like Emery is making his picks to look like some fucking genius instead of taking the best player available. Im tired of hearing about upside and all that bull shit. Give me a fucking player!!!!! The guys has 4 starts or 7 or whatever the fuck. He aint started many, and his track record isnt too fucking good either. Hey Phil, quit tryin to pull that magic rabbit out of your fucking hat and draft a fucking player tonight!!!! A guy that has a whole college carreer of excellence, started a ton of games, been successful his whole fucking life! Phil, please dont be Angelo 2.0!

  • amazing how so many guys know more than phil emery and mike mayock. mike mayock said long was one of his favorite guys in the draft. myself, i admit i do not know as much as these people who WORK AT THIS FOR A LIVING!! I just hope he is a great pick and that the bears pick up a LB, WR, and CB next.

  • When the pick was announced I literally said out loud "Thank You God"

    O-line was our FIRST need for the Bears and damn if they didn't pull the trigger. Good for them...FINALLY.

    I can't believe ESPN radio is saying the Bears should have picked Tao because of the lose of Urlacher...WHAT?!?
    Tao is a stooge who doesn't rate to carry Urlacher's jock.

  • eteran O-Line Coach: Guys Like Kyle Long Don’t Come Along Very Often
    Tony Wise.

    From The Mully and Hanley Show
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    (CBS) If you want feel good about the Bears first-round selection Kyle Long, just talk to veteran offensive line coach Tony Wise, who worked the 24-year-old offensive lineman out in preparation for the Senior Bowl.

    Wise, who has been coaching offensive lineman since 1974, including a six-season stint with the Bears in the mid 1990s, had only good things to say about Long’s athletic ability and potential.

    “I tried to catch him up on what to expect at the Senior Bowl, the drills they do at the Senior Bowl,” Wise told The Mully and Hanley Show. “I just worked some pass protection stuff (with him.) After working with him, I told people that I talked to that I’d put the guy at left tackle. He has that kind of ability. He’s too downward to play guard.”
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    Tony Wise on The Mully and Hanley Show
    Tony Wise

    In a bit of a shocking revelation, Wise even said he thinks Long, 6-foot-6, 313 pounds, has all the ability that No. 1 & No. 2 overall selections, Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, demonstrate.

    “I don’t want to insult anybody, but guards are a dime-a-dozen,” Wise said. “Guys with Kyle’s height and his reach and his ability to change directions and run, those guys don’t come along very often. I’ve seen film on some of these guys, and people are going to call me crazy, but I’d stack him up against (Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan). The only thing they did, is they playe

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