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Chicago Bears select Kyle Long, OL, Oregon, 20th overall

The Chicago Bears passed over a number of talented players to select Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick.

The Chicago Bears passed over a number of talented players to select Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick.

With the 20th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected offensive lineman Kyle Long from the University of Oregon  Let’s take a moment to get to know the newest Bear and see how he fits on the roster.

Bio

Kyle Long took an unconventional route to the first-round pick, launching his career as a baseball player at Florida State.  He eventually wound up at junior college for football, where he started at defensive end before switching to offensive line.  Long was a tackle at Oregon but projects as a guard or center in the NFL. He has only played one year of offensive line, meaning that he is a bit of a project.

How he fits in

Arguably the biggest hole in Chicago’s 2013 roster was the interior offensive line, and Kyle Long should help here. He could push for a starting position at right tackle or offensive guard and could even be the eventual successor to Roberto Garza at center. Long will most likely compete with Gabe Carimi, James Brown, Matt Slauson, and Edwin Williams for a starting guard spot this year.

Grade: D+

Long definitely fills a need for Chicago, but he was a major reach at No. 20. General manager Phil Emery had a plethora of options with this pick, including better offensive linemen like Larry Warford, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a projected top-five pick who fell, linebacker Alec Ogletree, or trading back if they could find a partner. Long was a second-round talent they grabbed over significantly better players.

Long is still raw, so maybe he develops into a star and proves the experts wrong. But this pick looks like a complete misfire for a team that needs maximum impact out of their limited draft ammunition.

126 comments
aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

Gino will not be in the greenroom tomorrow he is taking his ball and going home 

LaCW
LaCW

I'm going now. Emery, stay in Chicago for a good while please. 

natradamus
natradamus moderator

russ, what grade did you give the patterson pick? 

natradamus
natradamus moderator

well=  I do feel pretty happy about the vikings moves.  full faith in spielman-  but it is kinda bitter sweet because tomorrow is done

bp.
bp.

So the only QB in the first round will be Buffalo dude.  I think the Pack should be considering that position, on the reals, but not in round 2.  I hope Ted doesn't pull the trigger if one of the bigger names falls to GB.

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

I find it odd that in such an unpredictable draft, the Packers ended up drafting the guy everyone thought they would draft.

LaCW
LaCW

I thought it was just round 1 today

LKP
LKP

Waford, Watson or Hunter to Detroit

robertj72
robertj72

Well i guess only Cyprien remains to fill my dream scenario.

robertj72
robertj72

There were some really questionable moves in the first round, Oak, Jets, Buffalo, Chic, NOR, and now Dallas.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

that hurts GB, i was hoping a C would fall to GB in the 3rd but i don't see that now 

bp.
bp.

@Buster Hymen Suddenly I have no lifefyre comment space on that page.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@TheChainsawNinja i'm still hoping for a true big though, Jones is about the same size as Neal, but we NEED size up front with Picket being a FA next year along with Raji who i expect to be re-signed 

robertj72
robertj72

@___bp___ what did the girl on the other end sound like...Te'o should never use the phone again in his life.

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

@Aciddragon  Honestly, it doesn't look like Green Bay was looking for a center in this draft.  They're very confident in EDS it seems.  Anyways, there's still Barrett Jones and Brian Schwenke.

bp.
bp.

@Buster Hymen Got it now by clicking trhough from twitter.  I'd try that folks.

bp.
bp.

@LaCWrestler @___bp___ Hmmm.  I think I'd be OK with that.  Though I am more concerned with D, and if an LB they thought could work out was available, I'd like GB to take that LB.  Not saying I have one in mind.  I trust in their evals.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@TheChainsawNinja i like Schwenke, but with Fredrick gone teams are now more likely to reach for a center if they need one