Kyle Long Selected No. 20 by Chicago Bears
What is this, a guard run at the draft? The Giants grabbed Syracuse’s Justin Pugh at No. 19, only for the Chicago Bears to then jump in at No. 20 with versatile lineman Kyle Long.
Long, like Pugh, could give the Bears some relief just about anywhere shy of center on the offensive line. For a team that constantly tried to patch and go up front, finding a developing player capable of slotting in at multiple spots is invaluable.
Cards on the table, I had Long pegged as a second-rounder; despite his bloodlines as Howie Long’s son, his resume made him a better fit there. Specifically, I’m talking about his lack of experience — Long made just four starts in college, all at left guard for Oregon. He actually played defensive end at the JUCO level in 2010, before Oregon moved him to the other side of the football.
So, he’s still learning the game and maturing, both physically and mentally. He should be able to handle at least a backup role early, but what will the timetable be on his ascension into the starting lineup?
Grade: B. This is what I gave the Giants for the Pugh pick, and a lot of the same principles hold here. Long’s an unexciting selection, but he will help his new team. The question is how much he’ll help and how early.