Prospect: Kyle Long, OG/OT, OregonKyle Long

Height: 6’6⅛”

Weight: 313 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Impressive open field speed to reach downfield targets quickly
  • Sufficient acceleration out of his stance with a quick first step
  • Feet relatively infrequent and a bit heavy, lacks sudden movement ability
  • Lacks total body coordination, feet often not on the same page as upper half, leads to balance issues
  • Tall build with room to fill out even more, especially in the lower half

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Very inexperienced with only one season at Oregon and only ten starts after transferring in from a junior college
  • Doesn’t always trust his technique and is an inconsistent player as a whole because of it
  • High effort player to the whistle with a motor to make blocks well downfield
  • Has an adequate feel for gap leverage both at the line and as a downfield blocker, can get himself between defenders and the ball
  • Was academically ineligible after only one semester as a baseball player at Florida State before a DUI arrest

Pass Blocking:

  • Has natural strength to anchor and can sink his hips enough to sit in his stance as a pass protector
  • Raw kickslide technique shown if relatively few offensive tackle snaps, more of a backpeddler than a slider
  • Has lateral quickness to mirror finesse rushers and stay in front with space to work with
  • Tendency to stop his feet while engaged and lose ability to move laterally with rushers
  • Long arms and strong hands to hold off rushers if able to place his hands properly
  • Fails to shoot his hands into contact occasionally and allows rushers into his body too easily as a result
  • Unable to lock up pass rushers with his hands, making a ton of extra work for himself often
  • Struggles with eye discipline against stunts and blitz packages, slow to react to moving parts

Run Blocking:

  • Struggles handling head up defensive linemen when asked to generate movement, operates much more effectively with space
  • Can work laterally down the line and keep defenders engaged, will take them where they want to go and drive them out of plays as a zone blocker
  • Quick to the second level and takes good angles to cut of linebackers on runs to the boundary
  • Often pops second level defenders instead of driving his legs and firing his hips through contact to sustain, linebackers end up bouncing off and freeing themselves
  • Quick to the outside with great range while pulling but often indecisive about who to block
  • Strong finisher of blocks, will drive defenders into the turf when the opportunity presents itself

Technique:

  • Not a natural knee bender and plays with high pads as a result, problem not as severe as a pass blocker
  • Has strong hands that can deliver powerful blows to defenders
  • Placement of his hands is scattershot as a whole with a tendency to grab too much cloth
  • Frequently overextends to make blocks both as run and pass blocker and his base gets narrow as a result

Overall:

Kyle Long is by far one of the most intriguing yet bewildering offensive line prospects in this year’s class.  Opinions vary greatly on his future outlook, from athleticism and potential to best positional fit.  For the believers in NFL bloodlines, no prospect will catch the eye like Long.  His father Howie is a hall of famer and brother Chris a top-level defensive end with the St. Louis Rams.  Long has taken a unique road to where he is today with questionable decisions along the way.  After two years in junior college, one at defensive end and the next at offensive tackle, he landed with the Oregon Ducks and found his way onto the field quickly.  Long saw time at both left guard and left tackle spots during the season in Chip Kelly’s offense.  He was hampered by shoulder and ankle injuries during the season and didn’t take part in the bench press at the combine, which is something teams will check out.  He has all the size and natural strength you look for in high-end offensive line prospect.  It’s clear that he’s still a very raw and inexperienced blocker, but does have some potential.  His athletic ability may be a bit overstated though, which showed at the combine.  On the whole, Long still has a long way to go to fix his technical deficiencies and even then is likely a scheme dependent player.  His best fit is surely at the offensive guard spot, though he’d like to get his shot on the edge and maybe he will.  Quite simply, he’s far more effective in-line and isn’t a natural pass blocker on the edge.  In the running game, he fits well in the zone blocking scheme, which is where he impressed most with Oregon.  Long is definitely a project player more than one who can make an immediate impact, so taking him any earlier than the third round would represent a big-time risk.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Kyle Long Scouting Report

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