Kyle Long is in an interesting spot as the NFL draft approaches. The offensive tackle position is dominated by the top three guys: Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson. Long comes in behind these players on many draft boards, yet he is not a slouch.
Playing in the Oregon offense, Long's best trait is his athleticism.
Here are some highlights from Long's time at the University of Oregon.
Playing in the Oregon offense is extremely tough for offensive linemen. You have to play at a fast pace, yet you cannot wear down, as you take a beating every play.
Long excels in both pass- and run-blocking. The run-blocking is what stands out when you watch highlights. While Oregon runs at such a high pace, he still has the ability to get to the second level and deliver the boom on linebackers.
Pass-blocking is hard to read when watching Long, as most of Oregon's pass plays are over in less than two seconds. Through his workout at the Senior Bowl, he showed that he does have the ability to pass-block on a normal passing play.
Long is talented enough to do it at the next level and this performance against Arizona State is just a sneak peek.
Versatility is a huge bonus for offensive linemen in the NFL. Long and Johnson have the most versatility out of all the offensive linemen in the draft.
In this highlight video, Long is playing left guard. In the first slide, he is playing left tackle.
NFL teams will be drawn to this type of versatility, if they can draft a guy that has the ability to play both the guard and tackle position, they can use another draft pick on a different position.
Long is an absolute beast in the run-blocking game. While at Oregon, he was placed in all kinds of run-blocking schemes and excelled in every situation. Whether it be a zone blocking scheme or just a power blocking scheme, Long showed that he is up for every challenge.
He also showed that he has no problem one-on-one blocking with a defensive end or getting to the second level and delivering the boom on a linebacker or a cornerback.