Close Article Return to stream X

2013 NFL Draft: Oregon’s Kyle Long Picked By Chicago Bears 20th Overall

+Read full article
Jake Long

Reid Compton – USA Today Sports

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 ChungMax 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.


Vincent Winter is an Oregon Ducks writer for Follow him on Twitter @sportsfans247, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Your Favorites
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Brandon Marshall Tells Rich Eisen He Hasn't Spoken To Jay Cutler

During a recent appearance on ' The Rich Eisen Show', former Chicago Bears and current New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall was asked about his relationship with his old quarterback, Jay Cutler. Marshall, who has zero chill, replied that he had not spoken to Cutler in "two years." Naturally, Eisen was shocked and mentioned that they were teammates just a season ago. Marshall essentially confirmed that they were not talking off the field during his last year in Chicago, but ultimately wished Cutler well.

Comment 0 Comments