Kyle Long        OG       Oregon          Long’s athletic skill set and temperament doesn’t fall far from the tree. Kyle is the son of Howie Long, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and brother of Rams defensive end Chris Long. He took a different path, but has ended up on the right road, in my opinion. He has exceptional length to go with an excellent, athletic skill set, which jumps off the screen when studying his DNA (film). Moreover, he is highly competitive, tough and aggressive, with a good temperament. Inline blocker with good initial quickness out of stance and explosive collision to lead with helmet, head-butting defenders each and every time he comes out of his stance with double arm punch. Excels in a zone-blocking scheme, with strong UOH (use of hands) to grab outside cloth and steer defenders, or wall off and position. Inconsistent vs. big on big or man blocking to root defender out of position; ends in a stalemate too often because his pad level rises, and he loses leverage. Good combo to sift through to the second level, locating and attacking target on the move with drive production. Good jump skip to pull with redirect quickness, plus balance and body control to locate and attack defenders in tight and open space. Pass blocker with feet to slide and mirror, hand punch and replacement to keep separation. Nice feet to redirect and adjust, but will get narrow-based and fall off defender. Works well with OTs and OCs in blitz and stunt pick up. Good FBI (football instincts) and awareness. Still raw, Long is not completely technique-sound at the OG position. A one-and-done player at the FBS level of competition, Long has huge upside. The former baseball player at Florida State and defensive end at Saddleback Community College has everything in place except experience at the position. I spoke with Kyle at length at the Senior Bowl, and he came across as a very focused and mature young man who spoke very highly of his former head coach, Chip Kelly, and his Oregon teammates. Will need to further develop overall strength and explosion through weight room development. Has the length and athletic movement to play on the edge at OT.  Softli – Second/third-round talent, late second-round pick.

 

KYLE HOWARD LONG

Offensive Guard/Tackle/Defensive End

University of Oregon Ducks

#74

6:06.1-313

Charlottesville, Virginia

Saddleback Community College

Florida State University (Baseball)

St. Anne’s-Belfield High School

 

OVERVIEW

A two-sport star in high school, Long was not granted another year of college eligibility by the NCAA recently and entered his name in the 2013 NFL Draft pool. His path to the National Football League had three college “pit stops” while suiting up in two different sports, as the former pitcher and first baseman left the baseball diamond to try his hand in the “family business” on the gridiron in 2010.

 

However, while two family members have enjoyed tremendous success on the football field, the son of Hall of Fame and former Oakland Raiders All-Pro defensive end did not exactly follow in the “footsteps” of his famous dad like his brother did. Chris, an All-American during his playing days at the University of Virginia and an All-Pro with the St. Louis Rams, copied his father’s path by becoming an elite defensive end.

 

Kyle, after a brief attempt at becoming a defensive end and quarterback in 2010, also opted to become a lineman, only on the opposite side of the ball. He first began to attract major college attention after helping lead Saddleback College to an 8-3 record in 2011. Both his father and brother call Kyle the best athlete in the family.

 

Long starred at left tackle for the Gauchos, a team that featured two of the finest bookends in the collegiate ranks that year, as his teammate at right tackle was an equally effective multi-sport star in Menelik Watson, who went on to excel in the trenches at Florida State.

 

Meanwhile, Long moved on to Oregon for the 2012 campaign, where he would play in eleven games, starting his final four contests as a left offensive guard. That brief performance in the starting lineup, along with the “family name” earned the impressive looking athlete an opportunity to further hone his skills under the watchful eyes of all of the league’s decision makers and coaches as a member of the North squad preparing to compete in the 2013 Senior Bowl.

 

That week in Mobile, Alabama afforded scouts and other professional talent evaluators to get a glimpse of Long’s imposing-looking and athletically built frame, as he certainly passed the “eye test” by looking the part of an NFL lineman. With his long, thick arms, tall frame and valid foot speed (timed at 4.94 in the 40-yard dash), what Long lacks in experience and technique, he makes up for it with his athleticism and hunger to prove that he belongs on the football field, much like his father and brother.

 

Long possesses the long reach teams look for in a strong-side blocker, as he has the punch and jolt ability to keep defenders off his body while churning his legs to drive them off the line of scrimmage. Perhaps from his baseball days, he appears more flexible moving laterally than most down linemen, but still needs to be alert to the fact than he can be stonewalled if he gets too high with his stance.

 

Long has enough upper body strength to turn and steer edge rushers away from the pocket, but will have to add more bulk to his frame in order to consistently combat bigger and more physical bull rushers when asked to work in-line on combo and fold blocks.

While he does not have the weight needed to play guard in the NFL, he shows ease of movement skills on pulls and traps and once he gets into the second level, he is an efficient cut blocker who knows how to take the legs out from under linebackers and safeties.

 

Long’s good knee bend and hip snap allows his to generate the proper angle when lead blocking for outside runs. He has become more combative and active with his hands to combat cross face and spin moves and he keeps his head on a swivel, playing with good aggression until the whistle.

 

Long’s trek through both sports began during his time spent at St. Anne’s/Belfield High School, where the Virginia product excelled as a pitcher and first baseman in baseball while competing on the gridiron as a defensive lineman. He went on to earn All-state honors in both sports as a sophomore, junior and senior.

 

Long’s best season on the gridiron came during his junior campaign, as he recorded 45 tackles and was named to the Division II All-State team as both a defensive and offensive lineman. In his last two seasons, he led the football team to back-to-back state champion-ships. After his senior year, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

 

An accomplished left-handed pitcher and first baseman, long accepted a baseball scholar-ship to attend Florida State University. Before reporting to college, he was selected in the 23rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox, but spurned their offer, feeling that he had already promised the Seminoles staff that he would compete for FSU.

 

Things did not go as planned for Long in college. He struggled academically in 2008 and was red-shirted by the baseball staff during his freshman season. As he continued to struggle to meet his academic requirements, he received another jolt when he was cited for a DUI charge in January, 2009. He would drop out of Florida State shortly thereafter and went home to ponder his future.

 

Speaking with other family members, Long decided to contact head coach Mark McElroy at Saddleback College. After a short while at home, he packed his bags for Mission Viejo, California and enrolled at the college to play football. McElroy had a strong reputation for developing gridiron talent, with eleven of his players eventually becoming NFL players during his thirteen years coaching the team.

 

Long’s athleticism posed a pleasant problem for the Gauchos coaches. He was first used as a defensive end as a freshman in 2010, as #96 produced sixteen tackles (6 solos) with a sack, two stops for loss and three pressures in eleven games. He also caused a fumble and broke up two passes, but his days as a defensive lineman were soon ending.

 

When Long returned to Saddleback in 2011, he took over left offensive tackle chores and would spend time after practice working on technique with a fellow bookend tackle playing football for the first time – Menelik Watson. Long and the Great Britain native became instant friends. Watson was a soccer player in England, but took up the game of basketball in Spain. He later came to the United States to play for the Marist College hoops team after a brief flirtation with boxing. He then ventured to Saddleback in 2011 to learn the game of football.

 

With an athletic pair of offensive tackles protecting the pocket, Saddleback averaged 338.6 yards per game passing and gained 5,174 yards of total offense through eleven games. Long would record ten touchdown-resulting blocks and also recorded a solo tackle. In one brief appearance as a quarterback, he failed to complete his only pass attempt.

 

With just one season of football under his belt since lat playing in the prep ranks in 2008, Long left Saddleback and enrolled at the University of Oregon. The Ducks, one of the most explosive units in college football under then head coach Chip Kelly, were loaded with talent, especially on the offensive line when Long reported to 2012 fall camp.

 

An ankle sprain early in the season forced him to miss two games and he was then trying to compete for playing time. Late in the 2012 campaign, starter Mana Greig suffered a knee injury and the Oregon coaches decided to give Long a starting opportunity at left guard for his final five games. As a starter, he would deliver six touchdown-resulting blocks and post 36 knock-down as Oregon vied for the national championship, only to lose one game and be forced to settle for a Fiesta Bowl encounter with Kansas State.

 

Prior to heading to Arizona for bowl preparations, Long was informed by the NCAA in mid-December that his request for a sixth year of college eligibility was being denied. He had petitioned to get an extra year of eligibility based on medical hardship (chemical dependency), but the NCAA opted to be obtuse. The Kansas State game would be his last on the college football scene.

 

Long’s last time wearing an Oregon football helmet would take place in Mobile, Alabama, in late January. Invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl for the North squad, a bout with the flu would keep the Ducks offensive lineman off the practice field for the first few days of scrimmages. Severe dehydration would force him to have the training staff provide him with IV fluids for over an hour, as he had a tough time keeping food or liquids down.

 

CAREER NOTES

Long played in eleven games at Oregon, starting his final five contests at left guard…He was a left offensive tackle for eleven games in 2011 and a reserve defensive end for eleven other contests in 2010 at Saddleback College.

 

2012 SEASON

Long appeared in eleven games for the Oregon Ducks, starting his final five contests as a left offensive guard…Missed two early season contests, vs. Fresno State and Arizona due to an ankle sprain…In five games as a starter, he recorded six touchdown-resulting blocks and 36 knockdowns to help the team lead the Pac-12 Conference and rank third in the nation with an average of 315.23 yards per game…The Ducks also paced the league in total offense and scoring, finishing second in the nation with an average of 49.54 points per game and fifth with 537.38 yards per game…Part of a front wall that allowed nineteen sacks, as former left guard starter Mana Greig had allowed five sacks in eight games before Long took over. The left guard was charged with just one sack in his five games as a starter…Oregon gained at least 570 yards in three of his four regular season starts…In his first start for Oregon, he had eight knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks, as his cut block on linebacker Dion Bailey paved the way for a 27-yard scoring scamper by Kenjon Barner vs. Southern California, a game where Oregon scored five times on the ground and registered 426 of its 730 total yards rushing…Added six knockdowns and used a drive block that leveled defensive tackle Andrew Seumalo to clear a rush lane used by De’Anthony Thomas for a 2-yard touchdown run vs. Oregon State, as the Ducks piled up 430 yards by a running unit that scored six times in a 48-24 victory.

 

2011 SEASON

Long switched to the offensive line, taking over left tackle duties for head coach Mark McElroy’s Saddleback (Mission Viejo, Cal.) Community College Gauchos…Formed possibly the most athletic bookend tackle unit in all of college football, as the right side was manned by former basketball player Menelik Watson…Both helped the team compile an 8-3 record, as the Gauchos averaged 338.6 yards passing and 470.4 yards in total offense per game…Long started seven games (wore jersey #71) and also recorded a solo tackle and attempted one pass.

 

2010 SEASON

Long enrolled at Saddleback College, appearing in eleven games as a defensive end (wore jersey #91)…Recorded sixteen tackles (6 solos) with a 4-yard sack, two stops for losses of 7 yards and three quarterback pressures…Also caused a fumble and deflected two passes.

 

2009 SEASON

Long did not attend college.

 

2008 SEASON

Long red-shirted at Florida State after accepting a baseball scholarship from the university.

 

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…A right ankle sprain prevented Long from playing vs. Fresno State (9/08) and Arizona (9/22)…Long also battled the flue and missed both Tuesday and Wednesday practices at the 2013 Senior Bowl.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.94 in the 40-yard dash…1.75 10-yard dash…2.82 20-yard dash…4.63 20-yard shuttle…

7.83 three-cone drill…28-inch vertical jump…8’11” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times…32 1/8-inch arm length…10 7/8-inch hands…79 1/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Long attended St. Anne’s-Belfield (Ivy, Va.) High School, playing football for head coach John Blake…Competed as a two-way lineman in football and as a left-handed pitcher and first baseman for the baseball team…Earned All-state honors in both sports as a sophomore, junior and senior…His best season on the gridiron came during his junior campaign, as he recorded 45 tackles and was named to the Division II All-State team as both a defensive and offensive lineman…In his last two seasons, he led the football team to back-to-back state champion-ships…After his senior year, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game…In baseball, he was selected in the 23rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox, but decided to accept a baseball scholarship to Florida State instead.

 

PERSONAL

Sociology major…Son of Diane and Howie Long…Father was an All-American defensive end at Villanova and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1981. He played in the NFL for thirteen seasons and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame following seven Pro Bowl appearances, two defensive player of the year awards, and a Super Bowl ring…Brother, Chris, was an All-American defensive end at Virginia (2004-07) and is an All-Pro defensive end for the St. Louis Rams after being selected in the first round by that team in 2008…

Born 12/05/88…Resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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