"We're very excited that Kyle Long is a new member of the Chicago Bears," general manager Phil Emery said after the draft, via the team's official website. "Kyle is a very good football player. He is the type of athlete and player that we have targeted; a fast, tough, dynamic athlete, a productive athlete."
Emery said the Bears use a tool to assess the athletic abilities of draft prospects, and the 6-foot-6, 313-pounder had the highest all-time score for an offensive guard.
"He's the No. 1 guard in the last 12 draft classes, and that's as far back as we go," Emery said. "He rates as rare. That's his rating. In our scale, nine is rare and he rates as rare."