Aryssah Stankevitsch

Bears Go Long With Kyle

Created on Apr. 26, 2013 5:17 PM EST

With Alec Ogletree, and Manti Te’o still available, the Chicago Bears selected offensive tackle Kyle Long with the 20th pick in the 2013 Draft.

The Long family tree is not one short of football stardom. Kyle's father is Hall of Famer and NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long, his brother is St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, and yet everyone in his family claims Kyle is the best athlete of the clan.

“I didn’t expect to go this high in the draft. I’m just very excited to join an organization with such a great history and such a great fan base,” Kyle Long said.

Quick with a 4.94 40-yard dash, Kyle Long is good laterally, has an impressive pulling speed, and an enormous wingspan of 33.375. He’s quick to deflect rushers and plays with a chip on his very large shoulders. At 6-6, 313 pounds, he needs to work on his leverage and play down lower in his stance due to his height.

Long elected not to bench press at the NFL Combine, but is known for his strong arms; He threw a 96 mph fastball in high school, and didn’t even touch a football until the 10th grade. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2008 in the 23rd round, but instead chose to attend Florida State. After failing out and being charged with a DUI, football saved him. He enrolled at Saddleback Community College playing defensive end, before Oregon came knocking.

He played 10 of 12 games this year for the Ducks, though only starting in four. Some could say he’s underdeveloped and a late starter in his football career; he may very well have still been available in the second round. However, he fits the zone blocking scheme the Bears follow, and will eventually be a franchise left tackle. For now, he’s most likely to begin at guard, or compete with J’Marcus Webb for the right tackle spot.

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