Kyle Long: 5 Things You Need to Know About Oregon OT
For Oregon offensive tackle Kyle Long, entering the NFL carries on a family tradition that is, well, long.
However, unlike his Hall of Fame father Howie and star brother Chris, Kyle Long plies his trade by protecting quarterbacks, rather than chasing them down.
As the latest of the Long boys prepares to begin his National Football League career, here's a look at some things you need to know about the 6'6", 313-pounder.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
High School: St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Virginia)
It was a long and winding road that finally led Kyle Long to the University of Oregon.
Long was a highly touted baseball prospect who was chosen by the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 MLB draft. However, Long spurned the pros, instead choosing to attend Florida State.
His time with the Seminoles didn't last long. Poor grades and a DUI charge ended his tenure in Tallahassee, and after returning home for a time, Long enrolled at Saddleback Community College in 2010.
Long played one year at defensive end at Saddleback before converting to the offensive line, and after one more season, Long got his second chance at a big-time program after Oregon came calling.
Long played only a single season of major college football, starting 10 of 12 games on the offensive front for the Ducks in 2012.
Long applied for a medical redshirt to obtain a sixth year of eligibility, but his request was denied by the NCAA.
Weight: 313 pounds
Arm Length: 33.375"
Hand Size: 11"
40-Yard Dash: 4.94 seconds
Vertical Jump: 28"
Broad Jump: 8'11"
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.63 seconds
Three-Cone Drill: 7.83 seconds
Pro Day Results
Vertical Jump: 28"
Broad Jump: 9'2"
Kyle Long displayed excellent speed and athleticism at February's NFL Scouting Combine, and while the fact that he didn't participate in the bench press may have raised some questions about his upper-body strength, the youngster was one of the stars of the media session and interviews.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com
Pro day results courtesy of Walter Football
Here's a look at some interesting tidbits about Kyle Long.
Long is the son of Oakland Raiders defensive end and Hall of Famer Howie Long, and his brother Chris is a star defensive end for the St. Louis Rams.
Long had the media in stitches at the combine. As The St. Louis Rams' website reports, Long started his media session praising the bright orange jumpsuits that the offensive linemen wore, saying "they remind me of hunting," and thanking "Uncle Phil Knight" for the pair of shoes he was wearing.
Kyle Long has also been very forthright about his battles with addiction, telling Yahoo! Sports via NFL.com that football has been a steadying force in his life.
I'll forever be indebted to football because it was my savior. My family was my support system, but football is the cradle that I'm in all the time. I've loved my journey. I'm sitting here, ready to go to the NFL.
Here's a look at some of the latest from leading draft experts regarding Kyle Long.
Peter King, Sports Illustrated: "Hearing more and more good things about Oregon tackle Kyle Long -- son of Howie, brother of Chris, and former 95-mph-fastball-thrower. Mayock has him 29th, and one scouting boss told me Friday Long will go in the first round because he's strong enough to be a move-the-pile guard and quick enough to deflect edge rushers."
NFL.com: "Looks the part of an NFL lineman. Has nice height and long, thick arms, which he can extend to keep defenders at bay in pass protection (sometimes using one hand to ward off his man while on the move). Even as a one-and-done contributor for the Ducks on the line, Long’s combination of size and athleticism won’t be ignored by NFL scouts, who will see his great potential as a starting guard or tackle."
Jon Dove, Bleacher Report: "Long’s struggles keeping a low pad level really hinders his versatility. His 6’6” frame doesn’t help this situation either. He’ll really struggle if he’s asked to move inside to play guard. The ideal course of action would be to have him start out at right tackle, and slowly evaluate if he has the foot speed to move to the left side."
Rob Rang, CBS Sports: "Jason Peters' 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."