Surprised? Me too. For the second year in a row the Bears select a player that appears to be more of a project than an immediate impact player, which in many ways defies the purpose of a first round draft pick in the NFL.
Selecting a Guard isn't the surprise because I believed all along that the Bears were inclined to grab a player that could play on the Offensive or Defensive lines.
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The Bears selected Guard Kyle Long with the number 20 pick in the draft even though he's started all of 4 games in his short college career at Oregon. Long even said he didn't expect to get picked that high in the draft. Probably because no other team would have made that move but the Bears.
It's not a knock on the player, but why take a guy that probably could have been grabbed in round two and why take a player that is still so raw. The purpose of the first round pick is to grab the guy that can step right in and play without question. It's hard to believe a guy that managed to start just 4 games in college will be ready to start in the NFL by September.
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If Long is a starter by week 4 of the regular season or sooner then the Bears made the right choice and all the skeptics, including myself, will be silenced.
It's just curious that with so many other highly rated players available that the Bears once again went with a guy nobody thought would be their target in the first round.