The Chicago Bears take Kyle Long

With the 20th pick, Chicago takes Kyle Long

4/25/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

March 14, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA;  Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Ryan Clanton and offensive lineman Kyle Long go up against each other at Oregon pro day at Moshofsky Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY SportsWith the 20th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Kyle Long from the University of Oregon. Long played a lot of offensive tackle in college, but commissioner Roger Goodell announced him as a guard at the draft. Long can likely crack the starting lineup quickly as a guard, but will take time to be a tackle in the NFL.

Long is the son of Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman Howie Long and brother to former No. 3 overall pick, defensive end Chris Long. Perhaps Kyle blocked his dad and brother growing up, and that is how he became a first-round talent.

Much has been made of Chicago's struggles on the offensive line. There were times last season that Jay Cutler didn't even have time to get a three-step drop in. Cutler was sacked 44 times last season, and him being a bit of a statue in the pocket definitely doesn't help -- but the Bears hope Long will.

One of Long's strength is getting down the field and blocking -- something that is required of all Oregon offensive linemen under Chip Kelly, though he only started four games there in his career.

Long is already the eighth offensive lineman drafted in the first round.
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