The Chicago Bears Friday night reached an agreement with offensive guard Kyle Long. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft and is expected to compete for the starting job come camp.
An interesting thing about Long is that he only played offensive guard for two years in college but Bears general manager Phil Emery called Kyle a “Dynamic Athlete”. He’s the brother of Saint Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long and the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long. The first round draft pick lineman is a big man and stands at 6’6 313 pounds and runs a 4.94 40 yard dash.
In this years NFL draft Long considered one of the top offensive guards. Which is a huge compliment considering the draft’s first round was dominated by offensive lineman.
Back in 2008 he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox to play baseball but did not sign with the team deciding to go to Florida State. Long wanted an extra year of eligibility but was denied by the NCAA. He finished his college career at the University of Oregon where he started 10 out of 12 games last season.
In Long’s first year in college it seemed as if he would follow his roots and play defensive end and in his first year he recorded 16 tackles and one sack but later decided to switch to the offensive side of the ball. The move proved as a successful spot for him, he now has a contract with the Bears and is competing for the starting position.