Bears go Long
And the 20th pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft the Bears selected...
Kyle Long, an offensive guard from Oregon.
Bears Phil Emery was unable to trade down and told the media that Long was the player the team had targeted. Many draft experts had Long going later in the draft as late as the third round.
He is 6’7,” 313lbs and the Bears believe he has the capability to also play at tackle. If the last name rings a bell. it should. He is the brother of Rams defensive end Chris Long and the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long.
There is some baggage for the new Bears player. He had some off the field issues at Florida State where he played baseball, went to a community college to play football and wound up at Oregon.
Long played in 11 games last year and started in five, so he has a limited resume on the Division I level.
You can look at it two ways:
- He doesn’t have the wear and tear players have coming into the league.
- But, he is a player with limited experience and will have to digest the game fast.
Emery expects Kyle Long to make an impact sooner than later. And if the football thing doesn’t work out, he probably could try baseball. No joke.
Long was drafted by the White Sox out of high school in the 23rd round.
The NFL draft continues today with the second and third round.
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