When the Chicago Bears went on the clock with the 20th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, most of the analysts figured that they would take tight end Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame, not offensive guard Kyle Long from Oregon.
The Bears need an offensive lineman as they need to protect quarterback Jay Cutler and produce holes for running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush, but another weapon for Cutler would have made a little more sense.
I would give this draft pick an A- grade; I would have given them an A had they taken Eifert or another weapon, but Long is a solid pick at 20th overall.
With Long and Dion Jordan going in the first round, this marks the first time in the university’s history that two Oregon Ducks were taken in the first round. The previous best draft for the Ducks came in 2009, when three players got drafted in second round (Patrick Chung, Max Unger and Jarius Byrd).
At 6-foot-6 and 313 pounds, Long has amazing size, speed (4.94 40-yard dash) and skill to be a top interior offensive lineman in the NFL for a long time to come. NFL Draft analysis Mike Mayock said that Long is “one of [his] favorite players in the draft. He’s immediately a starting guard that down the road is a starting tackle.”
Kyle hopes to carry the name of success in the NFL as his older brother, Chris Long, is a defensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams and his father is All-Pro and Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman Howie Long, who played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.
Overall, the Bears got a value pick in Long, emphasizing that protecting Cutler is most important to their success as a team.