04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 1/20 - Kyle Long, OG, 6-6, 313, Oregon...Developmental project who started just four games in FBS program and played in just 11. Former baseball pitcher who was drafted in the 23rd round out of high school by the White Sox. Started collegiate career as a pitcher on a baseball scholarship at Florida State but flunked out. Transferred to Saddleback JC, where he played defensive end in 2010 and moved to tackle in 2011. Father is Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long; brother is Rams defensive end Chris Long. Excellent athlete for the position. Ran a 4.94 40 at the Combine, best among all guards and 15.8 percent body fat was best among all linemen. Will be 25 in December. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - After being named a high school All-American in football and baseball, Bears first-round pick Kyle Long chose baseball because he wanted to be his own man, not Howie Long's kid. The middle of Howie's three sons thought: Why bother with the intense scrutiny and constant comparisons that come with playing the same sport as your Hall of Fame father? Why not make your own name in your own field?
Besides, baseball was Kyle's first love anyway, partly because in grade school, he wasn't allowed to play Pop Warner football because he was too big. Eventually he figured out he couldn't deny his heritage. But, as an offensive lineman, at least Kyle doesn't play the same position as his defensive end dad and older brother, Chris. He's accepted the scrutiny that he shunned earlier. "I was honestly trying to run from that microscope (in football)," the 6-6, 315-pound guard said. "I was under intense magnification, and I didn't know how to deal with it. I always thought that if I played football, those comparisons would never stop. "Now I'm happy with what I'm doing. There was a time when I tried to run away from that, but you can't run from your bloodlines. I'm a football player; it's in my DNA." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I was at Florida State, I could hear the football helmets smacking and the whistles blowing and the coaches screaming. There wasn't a lot of that on the baseball field. I knew I was not in the right place." -- Bears first-round pick Kyle Long, who first enrolled at Florida State as a pitcher before transferring to Saddleback Junior College and then Oregon to play football. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Bears believe lineage, upside on Long's side...Most analysts will look at the Bears' first-round pick as a reach for a player who is a project, but that's not the way they see it. Few anticipated the Bears would choose the eighth offensive lineman of the first round with the 20th pick, but they chose inexperienced-yet-athletic Oregon guard Kyle Long, the younger son of Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long. "This is the type of athlete and player we have targeted," said Bears general manager Phil Emery. "He's a fast, tough, dynamic athlete. We thought he was the best offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl."
Howie's 6-foot-6, 313-pound son played just one season of major college football and only started four games. He went to Florida State as a pitcher and was drafted in the 23rd round by the White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB draft. But, after finding trouble and leaving Florida State -- in Long's words, because of "chemical dependency" he felt he needed to leave Tallahassee."There was stuff I needed to work on personally," he said, pointing to a DUI on Jan. 3, 2009 as a tipping point in his life. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Long decided to follow in the footsteps of his famous father and brother Chris, a defensive end with the St. Louis Rams. So he transferred to Saddleback Junior College, where he played defensive end his first year (2010) and then converted to O-line and started 10 games in 2011.
Long is considered an excellent athlete for an offensive lineman, especially for a guard, and his NFL bloodlines are a plus. His 4.94 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine was the third fastest among all offensive linemen and the best among guards. His 15.8 percent body fat was the best among all offensive linemen. "Both his dad and his brother feel he's the best athlete in the family," Emery said. "He's got great agility, great lateral agility; very good feet." "I don't know about that," Long said in a conference call late Thursday night. "They might have just been blowing smoke. I'm standing next to a guy right here doing dishes who was a pretty good athlete -- my dad." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - According to Emery, based on the system the Bears use to evaluate athleticism, Long tested higher than any guard in the past 12 years and among the top five tackles over that time. In addition to his academic difficulties at Florida State, Long was arrested for a DUI in January of 2009. "I was a young kid and dealing with stuff off the field," he said. "I'm 4 1/2 years removed from it. I was very straightforward with the Bears. I believe I'm a stand-up guy, honest forthright and blunt."
Emery was more than satisfied by Long's explanation of those events in face-to-face meetings. "All of us have fallen," Emery said. "But do we get up? He's very much a leader. He explained it in detail. He was very young, 18 (at the time of the DUI). He understood the direction he had to go in." Long will begin his Bears career as a guard, and despite his inexperience, Emery sees Long as a versatile player who could eventually factor at the more valuable left tackle position. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - There was plenty of linebacker and cornerback talent on the board at 20, and those were two positions believed to interest the Bears. Only one linebacker, Jarvis Jones; and two cornerbacks, Dee Milliner and long shot D.J. Hayden, had been selected at that point. Among the highly regarded linebackers, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Georgia's Alec Ogletree were still available. Cornerback Desmond Trufant was taken two picks later. Te'o was not taken in the first round, while Ogletree went 30th to the Rams.
The unprecedented run on offensive linemen at the start of the draft seemed likely to eliminate that position from the Bears' consideration. Six were taken with the first 11 selections, including three of the first four picks, and another came off the board when the Giants took Syracuse's Justin Pugh immediately before the Bears' pick. Previously, the most offensive linemen ever selected in the first 20 picks of the draft were six. "We felt there could be a record run on offensive linemen," Emery said. "We felt there could be eight taken, and ours was the eighth." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: SIX GUYS WHO MAY SNEAK INTO THE FIRST ROUND: 4. Kyle Long, OG/OT Oregon: Many have claimed his best position in pro football is guard and it may very well be true. But I had an offensive line coach tell me he really likes Long as a right tackle and was impressed with how much the former Ducks player understood about the position after just five major college starts. If that o-line coach has any say in the draft he wants Long in the second round. - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com
03/24/13 - 2013 Oregon Pro Day: Kyle Long, G (6-6 3/8, 312) - Long had a 28-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He hasnít bench pressed at either the combine or pro day. Kyle is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long. Kyle played just one season at Oregon after deciding to pursue football following a concentration on baseball as a left-handed pitcher. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/15/13 - 2013 Oregon Pro Day: While Barner and Alonso appeared to be the stars of the show Thursday, offensive lineman Kyle Long and linebacker Michael Clay also appeared to help themselves with solid performances. Long added three inches to the broad jump he'd had in Indianapolis, coming in at 9'02" Thursday but otherwise the son of Hall of Famer Howie and younger brother of former No. 2 overall pick, Chris, best demonstrated his upside during blocking drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Offensive linemen to watch: Long, the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris, is well known for his athleticism. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher and emerged as a starter late last year for the Ducks despite having played college football for only two years.
Make no mistake, however: Long's time in Eugene was short. He started just four games in 2012, with each of them coming at left guard, not outside at tackle as his 6-6, 304-pound frame would seem to suggest he'd fit best. Furthermore, scouts will want to interview him. Long was arrested and charged with DUI in 2009, and after only three seasons of college football, he'll need to prove on the white board that he understands the complexities of today's blocking schemes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/22/13 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY: Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long was absent from the South practice on Tuesday due to dehydration, according to his twitter account. He needed an IV for over an hour and had a tough time keeping food or liquids down, however, is expected to be back on the practice field on Wednesday. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/13 - Offensive linemen Kyle Long has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl, a college football all-star game for NFL caliber prospects who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility. The 2013 Senior Bowl is January 26 and will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
The senior appealed the NCAA for an extra season of eligibility because he only had three seasons of eligibility after he left Florida State after a battle with chemical dependency but the NCAA denied his medical hardship request. - Isaac Rosenthal, The Oregon Daily Emerald
12/24/12 - Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long, son of former NFL player Howie Long, was denied an appeal for another year of eligibility and will end his college career on Jan. 3 in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State, the Eugene Register-Guard reported. Long was seeking a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. He initially enrolled at Florida State, but a battle with chemical dependency delayed his career. As a result, he lost one year of eligibility.
Long started 10 of 12 games in his only season with the Ducks and helped the offense rank third in FBS in rushing and second in points per game. An ankle injury kept him out of two early games. He moved from tackle to guard in November. Long's brother, defensive end Chris Long, currently plays for the St. Louis Rams. - The Sports Xchange
11/06/12 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 3. Kyle Long, OT, Oregon: If there is one thing we have learned from past drafts, is that the NFL loves bloodlines. If a prospect is related to someone who played at the professional level in any capacity, that's a big plus. The NFL is full of football families with the Mannings (Archie, Petyon, Eli) and the Matthews (Clay Sr, Clay Jr, Bruce, Clay III, Casey, Kevin) probably the most recognizable. But the Longs are about to send another family member to the NFL. Kyle Long, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie and younger brother of Rams' edge rusher Chris, isn't a top prospect or defensive player like his elder kin. A two-sport athlete in high school, he decided to play baseball at Florida State and with a mid-90s fastball as a lefty, who could blame him for choosing his first love. But that only lasted a year as he struggled with academics and spent too much time partying, resulting in a DUI arrest. After returning home, Kyle enrolled at Saddleback Junior College and later transferred to Oregon, moving from defensive end to the offensive line. With one final season of eligibility remaining, he has yet to start a game for the Ducks in 2012, but has seen extensive action with each week, playing most of Saturday's game at left guard for Oregon. He is still very raw, but according to his father and brother, Kyle was blessed with the most natural talent of the three and the NFL will love his upside. Not even ranked entering the season, Kyle is moving up draft boards and will add another name to the Long's NFL family tree. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/30/12 - OL Kyle Long, who missed two of the past three games with an ankle injury, returned to play against the Cougars.
09/24/12 - OL Kyle Long missed his second game of the season with an ankle injury.
09/09/12 - OL Kyle Long, who has a right ankle injury, missed the game.