Photo of Kyle Long
Drafted By: Bears
  • Round 1
  • Pick 20
  • Overall 20

Combine Results

Grade
77.0 ?
  • 4.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 107.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's one of my favorite players in the draft. He's immediately a starting guard that down the road is a starting tackle." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 313LBS. Weight
  • 11" Hands

Overview

Long looked to be on the road to professional success as a two-sport high school star in Charlottesville, Va. The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long (84 sacks in 13 seasons) and brother of Chris Long (the No. 2 overall pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2008), had the freakish size and athleticism to excel as an all-state baseball pitcher and first baseman, as well as an offensive and defensive lineman for back-to-back state champions at St. Anne's-Belfield High School.


The lefty pitcher decided to accept a scholarship to Florida State to play baseball after spurning the advances of the Chicago White Sox, who selected him in the 23rd round of the 2008 draft. He lasted only one semester in Tallahassee, however, failing to make grades and eventually being cited for a DUI. He enrolled at Saddleback Junior College in 2010, played defensive end in his first year there (16 tackles, two for loss, sack) and then moved to the offensive line as a sophomore. He chose Oregon over several other FBS suitors coming out of Saddleback, and started 10 of 12 games for the Ducks on the offensive line. Both Howie and Chris Long have referred to Kyle as the best athlete of the family.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks the part of an NFL lineman. Has nice height and long, thick arms, which he can extend to keep defenders at bay in pass protection (sometimes using one hand to ward off his man while on the move). Can turn smaller tackles out of the hole with his upper body strength. Decent leg strength and very good flexibility for his height as well, which helps him drop his hips and anchor and explode from his stance. Excellent mobility given his size, has no issues moving behind the line or pulling in front of plays -- hitting multiple targets at times. Solid on combo blocks when maintaining his bend, and also displays the footwork to get the outside angle on run blocks, move well on zone plays, and also sustain while his man is trying to spin out of pass pro blocks. Plays with attitude, backs up his teammates on the field, cleans up piles.

Weaknesses

Still new to football, and his play is still a bit unrefined. Doesn't always play with the natural bend he possesses. Overextends off the snap at times trying to land his punch, losing his balance and allowing his man to disengage. Similarly, will lunge at linebackers when he reaches the second level. Struggles to keep his hands inside of the defender, and will "catch" his assignment. Seems to second-guess himself in space or get glancing blows instead of driving his man to the ground. Rocky start to his college career at Florida State.

NFL Comparison

Brandon Albert

Bottom Line

The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and current St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long made his name on the offensive line for the Ducks. The two-sport star in high school enrolled at Florida State to play baseball (he was a 23rd round pick of the White Sox in 2008), but struggles there caused him to regroup at home for a while before attending Saddleback Junior College. Even as a one-and-done contributor for the Ducks on the line, Long's combination of size and athleticism wasn't ignored by NFL scouts, who saw his great potential as a starting guard or tackle.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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