Another honor for Bears' Long; Accolades thin for Top 10 picks

Another honor for Bears' Long; Accolades thin for Top 10 picks
January 14, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Maybe the message is don’t always believe the hype.

Of the top 10 picks of the 2013 draft, only one position player was voted to the All-Rookie team released Tuesday by the Pro Football Writers Association.

Kyle Long received his third first-year honor as the Bears guard was voted to the PFWA’s All-Rookie team, coming on the heels of his selection as a Pro Bowl alternate in addition to the All-Rookie team of ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper earlier this month.

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, a second-round pick, was voted the overall rookie of the year, with San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen, a third-round selection, the offensive rookie and Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso, chosen in the second round, the defensive rookie.

But only Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah from the draft’s Top 10 was voted as a starter on either offense or defense. St. Louis Rams receiver Tavon Austin was named to the team but as the punt returner.

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Long, Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford and Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick were the interior linemen on the All-Rookie team, flanked by tackles D.J. Fluker from San Diego and the New York Giants’ Justin Pugh.

The All-Rookie linemen point to some solid college scouting as none of the five offensive linemen taken within the top 10 were voted to the team. The pre-draft hyperbole was lavished on tackles Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckl and Lane Johnson as well as guards Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack, none of whom earned all-rookie honors.

Long was a surprise pick by the Bears at No. 20 because of his limited time at the position while at Oregon. Frederick was chosen 31st overall and Warford in the third round. Fluker went 12th, Pugh 19th.