Kyle Long

Kyle Long scouting report

Kyle Long OT Oregon #74
Ht: 6’6″
Wt: 313

Size/Athleticism: Elite athleticism for an interior lineman, where he played at Oregon. Has the size and athleticism to play left tackle in the pros, but lacks the experience to play there immediately.

Pass Protection: Awareness is a concern, but it likely stems from his limited experience and should be fixable down the road. Gets lost in the zone blocking scheme when he isn’t immediately engaged and gets caught out of position at times. He is extremely athletic as an interior lineman does very well blocking in space. He demonstrates the quick footwork to recover when beat off the snap by more athletic interior pass rushers. He’s tall for a guard and tends to play too upright. Stronger defensive linemen who are able to stay low and use leverage to stand him up and knock him on his heels.

Run Blocking: Impressive athleticism makes him an asset when blocking on the move. He will be an asset in the read option due to his ability to move and get down the field. Rarely used in traditional man-blocking situations in Oregon’s offense. Frequently used to pull at Oregon when playing guard. Not a powerful blocker in short yardage situations. He struggles to move interior defensive linemen off their spot and simply lacks the strength to win one-on-one battles with nose tackles inside.

Intangibles: Former baseball player with relatively little football experience. Drafted by the White Sox in 2008 but went to play baseball at Florida State. Failed out of school after one year and was arrested on a DUI charge in 2009. Played in junior college but played just one year at Oregon. Younger brother of Chris Long and son of Howie Long.

Durability: Slowed by an ankle injury in 2012.

Comments: Long’s athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect, but he isn’t ready for a starting job. His long-term value is definitely as a left tackle, but he may see the field more quickly as a guard. He should definitely be viewed as a developmental prospect, but given his unique athleticism for the position he could come off the board on the second day of the draft.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2013 Leave a comment

Senior Bowl notes

  • Kyle Long missed some opportinuties due to the flu, but he played on Monday and showed off his athleticism. However, he clearly lacks the fundamentals to start immediately at either tackle position. If a team wants to play him immediately it needs to be at left guard, where he primarily played at Oregon. But in a year or two he could develop into a left tackle once he refines his technique.
  • John Simon has been playing linebacker after spending his career at Ohio State primarily playing with his hand on the ground. He has experience at end and tackle, and for good reason. Simon simply lacks the athleticism to play linebacker and he has been exposed in coverage drills.
  • Robbie Rouse will make his living at the next level as third-down back, which requires strong blocking skills. It’s a tough skill to learn for undersized backs like Rouse, and he’s shown that he still has a ways to go. There’s a lot to like about his playmaking ability but he isn’t ready for that role just yet.
  • Jordan Poyer has helped himself as much as anyone this week. The Oregon State cornerback lacks elite athleticism but never backs down from a matchup and knows how to use his physical tools to his advantage. In one particular matchup against speedster Marquise Goodwin, Poyer jammed him and clearly won the battle by knocking him off the route early.
  • Speaking of Goodwin, he has impressed with his speed but lacks the overall tools to be anything more than a deep threat and return specialist at this stage of his career.
  • Aaron Dobson is another who has the speed to stretch the field but has done little else. He isn’t particularly physical hasn’t been able to create separation on shorter routes.
  • Chris Harper has been impressive so far. The former quarterback lacks the athleticism to be a deep threat, but he is a surprisingly polished route runner and looks like a prototypical possession receiver.
  • Eric Fisher has arguably been the most impressive prospect in Mobile. He was a likely top-10 pick before the week began, but there were still some concerns about making the jump from the MAC to the NFL. After three days of practice, there are no more questions lingering. Fisher is an elite prospect and could come off the board in the top five.
  • On the defensive side of the ball, the bigger winner this week has been Datone Jones. He has played end and tackle at UCLA and entered the week as a ‘tweener but he answered any questions out there about his athleticism. Jones clearly has the ability to contribute as a pass rusher on the edge and should now be considered a first-round lock.
  • Terrence Williams is one of my favorite prospects but I’ve been somewhat disappointing from what I’ve seen this week. He struggles to separate on the deep routes, making him more of a one-dimensional receiver than I initially thought. I had previously compared him to a young Andre Johnson, but without the ability to separate deep he may be more of an Anquan Boldin type. Either way, I still like him as a first-round prospect.
  • Ezekiel Ansah has been hyped up as an elite talent, albeit a raw one. So far I just haven’t seen it, either on tape or at the Senior Bowl. He has an NFL body but he isn’t nearly as athletic as he’s been made out to be. The Jason Pierre-Paul comparisons just don’t hold up. He reminds me more of Frostee Rucker. I still expect him to be in the first-round conversation, but I definitely will not giving him a first-round grade. There are just too many questions and not nearly enough potential to make up for it.
  • Oday Aboushi has been among the most disappointing prospects. I had only seen a limited amount of him during the season and was hopeful that he would show the athleticism to play left tackle. But his performance in Mobile has shown just the opposite. He may not even have the athleticism to play on the right side. On top of the limited quickness, he’s also looked soft. I wouldn’t touch him until the third round.
  • One of the biggest surprises has been Georgia’s Cornelius Washington. He played both end and linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 but has been playing end at the Senior Bowl. He’s more athletic than I expected and has blown past a few linemen off the snap. He entered the week as a fringe prospect but may be solidifying his spot in the middle rounds of the draft.
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