Bears Draft Capsule: OL Kyle Long

Bears Draft Capsule: OL Kyle Long

April 25, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

Kyle Long (OL), Oregon

6-6 | 313 lbs.

Selected by:

Chicago Bears (1st round, 20th overall)

Strengths:

Long has the ideal height you look for in an offensive lineman. Uses his long arms to keep defenders away in pass protection. Long's flexibility allows him to get low and explode from his stance. Extremely mobile for his size, using his speed and agility to hit his target in the running/passing game. Plays with an attitude, standing up for his teammates and not backing down from a challenge.

Weaknesses:

Very raw and still learning the nuances of the game. His position still isn't defined, having played both tackle and guard at Oregon. Tends to have mental lapses whenever the opposition blitzes. Struggles to keep his hands inside. A DUI while at Florida State led to his dismissal from the school.

Fit for the Bears:

It's no surprise that Phil Emery and company looked to improve the offensive line in the draft. Long is an impressive athlete that comes from a football pedigree. His father is Hall of Famer Howie Long and his brother, Chris Long, is a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams. His nastiness on the field could just be what the Bears need to bolster a poor offensive line. Long's stock continued to soar after his final season at Oregon and his talent was too great to be ignored by the Bears.

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