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The Bears Den: April 26, 2013 - NFL Draft news and notes

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Bears choose Kyle Long with first-round pick - Larry Mayer: The Bears bolstered their O-line Thursday night by selecting Oregon guard Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Transcript of Phil Emery's press conference.

Kyle Long elated to be drafted by Bears - Larry Mayer: During a conference call with the Chicago media late Thursday, it was evident that Oregon guard Kyle Long was thrilled about being selected by the Bears with the 20th pick in the NFL Draft.

Dane: Bears select OG Kyle Long

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Larry Mayer's 2013 Draft Blog - Larry sneaks in a few snarky shots at Packers fans and draft analysts, and references Suzy Kolber when mentioning Joe Namath.

Bears select Oregon lineman Long with 20th pick - Brad Biggs: Phil Emery began his second NFL draft as Bears GM Thursday night, and used the No. 20 pick in the first round to select O-lineman Kyle Long of Oregon.

Bears take a Long-shot with O-lineman - Bob LeGere: Long will begin his Bears career as a guard, and despite his inexperience. Emery sees him as a versatile player who eventually could factor at the more valuable LT position.

Bears make pick for the Long term - Barry Rozner: There's no doubt the Bears needed more help on the OL, but GM Phil Emery raised some eyebrows when he reached way down to take Oregon guard Kyle Long.

Bears play follow the leader - Dan Pompei: Bears continue popular league trend of picking O-linemen with the stretch selection of guard Kyle Long.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Moon, Kip break down Bears' selection of Long.

Bears address offense again with Oregon G Kyle Long at No. 20 - Moon Mullin: Third OL selection in six years says that the tape review and early evaluations of Brown and Carimi did nothing to satisfy the new staff that either was going to be satisfactory at left guard.

Bears ‘100 percent yes’ for little-known lineman Long - Rick Telander: The Bears did it. They took somebody you’ve never heard of, never watched, have no opinion about. That is, unless you view a lot of Pac-12 teams and you focus on in-close O-line play. Which you don’t.

Another obscure draft pick for Bears GM - David Haugh: Phil Emery goes for the long shot, and will have to wait a while to see if it comes in,

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert: Say this much for Chicago GM Phil Emery: He knows how to pull off a surprise.

Phil Emery does it again with Long shot pick - Adam Hoge: Let's be honest, Kyle Long has credentials you might find for an undrafted free agent -- not a first-round pick.

Long's short (Mother of Ditka, this is getting old... - Den) body of work brings questions - Michael C. Wright: If a team wants to play it safe in the NFL draft, it's tough to go wrong when it goes big in the first round, which is what the Bears did Thursday. Still, it's a move worth questioning.

Team Report - Guard (Carimi, Williams, Brown, Britton) was the single biggest need, as identified by FO's State of the Team report.

Looking ahead to the top Day 2 prospects - Chris Boden with candidates at the Bears' positions of need.

Bears second round: Phil Emery sticking to game plan - Fred Mitchell: GM may look to defense in second round of NFL draft as clearly the team is in need of younger, productive reinforcements.

Kay: What the Bears Can't Do in Tonight's Draft

Scouting reports on Bears players entering draft - Larry Mayer: What were scouts saying about Lance Briggs and some of his Bears teammates before they entered the NFL?


Draft Grades & analysis

Draft analysis - Chris Burke: Long’s an unexciting selection, but he will help his new team. The question is how much he’ll help and how early.

Rapid Reaction - Jeff Dickerson's early assessment of the Bears' pick.

[Video] Draft analysis - Todd McShay breaks down the Bears' selection of Kyle Long.

Draft analysis - Scott Krinch: His nastiness on the field could just be what the Bears need to bolster a poor OL. Long's stock continued to soar after his final season at Oregon and his talent was too great to be ignored.

Draft analysis - Brad Biggs: Excellent athlete, nasty and with good size, but will need to be developed for transition to professional game. Also, his arms have shrunk in length since Scott Krinch put his draft capsule together.

Draft grades - thinks only the Giants and Bills fared worse.

Draft grades - SI gives the Bears' pick the lowest grade of the first round. Yes, worse than the Bills'.

Draft grades - Pete Prisco isn't wowed by the Bears' selection, but grades it as better than some others.

Draft grades - Walterfootball: Inexperienced second-round guard Long may have been around for Chicago's next selection, so this pick is extremely questionable.


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NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: There’s a lot going on behind the scenes of the NFL draft: power plays, crashed dreams, egos clashing and more.

Draft preview - Don Banks: Possible UDFAs who could turn into impact players.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Green Bay hopes UCLA D-lineman Datone Jones is fast enough to help against the read-option offense. FO's State of the Team; Walterfootball grades.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Lions add potentially dominant pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah, their third D-lineman drafted in the top 13. FO's State of the Team; Walterfootball grades.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Vikings being aggressive, trade up for a third 1st-rounder to replace Percy Harvin. FO's State of the Team; Walterfootball grades.

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