Long Making Short List on Draft Boards

It is Thursday night April 25th.  Draft day is upon us.  So many players are anticipating, hoping that their names are called early on this night and they can celebrate with family and friends, knowing that their financial futures are set and their dreams are becoming reality.  And with the 30th selection in the 2013 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Kyle Long (OL,Oregon).

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Kyle Long very well could hear his name called this Thursday night as a first round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Rewind five days and let’s go over the logistics.  Dion Jordan is one of the best prospects in this year’s class and is Oregon’s best pro prospect since Haloti Nagata.  He is almost a guaranteed top-5 pick, getting so much love that he has overshadowed fellow potential first round pick Kyle Long.  Long’s journey was clearly documented and talked about all football season long.  After playing just one true season and losing out of getting a sixth year to complete his eligibility Kyle Long’s name is shooting up draft boards (and not just because of his blue blood football bloodline).  He is steadily rising due to his massive frame, good footwork, and athleticism.Draft expert Mel Kuiper has Kyle Long in his top 25 ranked players, slated as a first round pick.  With offense linemen always a need, look for teams with OL needs to address it by either selecting or trading up to get Long, who most believe is could start right away at guard and eventually develop into a left tackle.  Combine freakish size, strength, and athleticism with incredible lineage and it should be no surprise that Long very well could hear his name called come Thursday night.

Featured photo courtesy of Kevin Cline Photography

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