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Old April 26 2013, 05:05 PM   #183
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Re: NFL 2013 Off-Season Discussion

Ar-Pharazon wrote: View Post
No draft day chatter?

The Bears went with an OT, Kyle Long, at #20 instead of the pick everyone thought they should (Te'o)

Addressing a need is better, but SI gave them the lowest grade in the first round of 5.40. Anyone know why they don't like this guy?
David Haugh from the Chicago Tribune sums it up best:

"We see a player who's going to contribute right away,'' Phil Emery said.

I see a 6-foot-6, 313-pound risk with a troubling past and limited experience against elite competition.

Long started just four games for the Ducks last season, the only one he played after a circuitous path created by his immaturity. A left-hander with a 96 mph fastball whom the White Sox drafted in the 23rd round of the 2008 draft, Long played baseball at Florida State until academic problems and "chemical-dependency'' issues after a DUI arrest sent him west. The son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long landed in Southern California working at a surf shop and enrolling in classes at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he resumed playing football.
Long is basically the definition of a reach.
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