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Inside the Criminal Minds of the Cerebral Twins: Selecting Kyle Long, Genius or Commen Sense

Heck yeah I was caught off guard................literally. The question to ask is do you wanna win the Super Bowl this year or next year?

Here we are all mad because the Bears didn't make some spectacular pick. Emery made a pick that could only be explained as common sense. Here we are wanting a #3 receiver, a #2 tight end, a rotating defensive tackle or even the opportunity to select the linebacker of the future. But wait theirs just one problem what about the hole at the guard position. An offensive line is made up of two starting guards and we don't even know who's starting at either one.

QB-Cutler

RB-Forte

FB-Rodriguez

TE-Bennett

1WR-Marshall

2WR-Jeffrey

LT-Bushrod

LG-?

C-Garza

RG-?

RT-Webb

Ive heard a bunch of you fuss because Shea didn't start last year, though Emery stated he wants his first round pick to contribute right away. Well you are getting what you asked for, a starting guard. Imagine that, a GM who drafts a prospect to fill the only position we don't have an established starter yet.

-Many of you including I wanted to address a defense which was pretty good and always showed up on the field last year but Emery chose to address a part of offense that has been absent for a long time now.

-I have to admit I like this offensive lineman pick better than the Chris Williams and Carimi picks of the past.

-Emery said he wanted a draft pick that would contribute the fastest.

-Emery and his collective staff say Kyle Long grades out with the highest athletic index score they've seen in the last 12 drafts at the guard position.

-I read some of you speak on how our rivals selected the best DE's and DT's, well Emery selected the best pass protecting guard in the draft.

-Who says 3 guards cant go in the first round. No runningbacks went in the first. Only one quarterback went in the first and I think that was a surprise pick too. Emery stated that Long was the best guard on his board. And let us all remember that our offensive line is being put together for pass protection, not run blocking. I can easily see how Kyle Long is the best pass protector out of the group. I've read a second round grade but why would the best pass protecting guard in the draft not go in the first round.

Prospect

Height

Weight

40

Broad

Shuttle

3 cone

Bench

Vert

Arms

Hands

Chance Warmack

6'2

317

5.49

9'02

5.01

7.93

n/a

n/a

34 3/4

9 5/8

Jonathan Cooper

6'2

311

5.06

9'00

4.84

7.78

35

27

33

10 1/4

Kyle Long

6'6

313

4.91

9'02

4.63

7.83

n/a

28

33 3/8

11

Larry Warford

6'3

332

5.56

8'00

5.10

7.78

28

22

33

9 1/2

-Long has been described as a talent strong enough to move the pile but quick enough to deflect edge rushers. It will be even easier for him lined up inside.

-Emery loves versatility, well then guy can play guard and tackle. And Emery believes at a high level.

-I see some of yall saying that Long is too tall for guard. If we compare our line to Russell Wilson's line I think the QB to OL height about evens itself out.

-Kyle Long is the Ezekial Ansah of the offensive lineman

( according to cbssports.com )

STRENGTHS: Certainly looks the part. Possesses a naturally large frame with long arms. Impressive athlete. Light on his feet and possesses good balance and flexibility for a man of his size.

Very mobile. Often asked to block on the move in this scheme, demonstrating very good lateral agility and straight-line speed, as well as the short-area quickness to adjust and hit the moving target. Flashs some nastiness to his game. Doesn't back down from physical challenges. Has heavy hands and can stun opponents with his initial punch.

Keeps his legs driving on contact and can move defenders out of the hole. Enjoyed a solid performance in the Senior Bowl, itself, after missing a few days of practice with the flu. Clear talent and is just scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't the sum of his parts yet. Has rotated between left tackle and left guard over just two seasons playing on the offensive line and has been protected a bit by Oregon's quick-hitting scheme which rarely asks their offensive linemen to maintain blocks for very long.

Has a tendency to punch at his defender, rather than latch on and needs to develop better hand placement, in general. Athletic enough to adjust on the fly but lacks experience and is prone to mental errors against surprise stunts, blitzes.

Compares to: Jason Peters, OT, Philadelphia Eagles -- Peters was originally a defensive lineman before making the transition to tight end in college and ultimately emerging as a quality offensive tackle for the Bills (and later signing with the Eagles).

His impressive combination of size and athleticism gave him a shot at the NFL despite having no experience as an offensive lineman. Long is similarly large and athletic but has two years head start on Peters and, of course, has his famous family to help him get an opportunity in the league. A team willing to gamble on his significant upside could win big.

-It wasn't pretty, but GO BEARS-

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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