The Chicago Bears made a surprise selection with the 20th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. When NFL commissioner went to the podium to announce the Bears selection, players such as linebackers Manti Te’o and Alec Ogletree, and tight end Tyler Eifert were available. Neither of those three players was the Bears selection with the 20th overall selection. Instead, the Bears’ drafted former Oregon offensive guard Kyle Long.
Long comes from a NFL heritage. Long is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long and the brother of St Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long. Long was a starting offensive guard for the Oregon Ducks and his 6’6″, 313-pound frame is one of his strengths as he enters the NFL. Long has also displayed impressive footwork and mobility for an offensive linemen. The knock on Long is that he is still is a work in progress when it comes to playing football as he pursued a career in baseball before focusing on football.
Going forward in the NFL Draft, expect the Bears to address the linebacker position in the second round. Manti Te’o likely will not be available for the Bears by the time they make their selection in the second round, but Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown might be.