Kyle Long Scouting Report

March 22nd, 2013

Kyle Long has scant experience but excellent bloodlines

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Prospect: Kyle Long, OT/OG, Oregon
Height: 6’6⅛”
Weight: 313 lbs.
Grade: 6.72 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

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.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

Oregon vs. Kansas State
• Quick to the second level on a combo block and gets a linebacker turned well to open a hole
• Left the game for a stretch at the end of the second quarter, may be injury-related
• Pulls from left to right and leads up the hole in front of Barner, drives a defensive end into the ground
• Works down to the second level and shuffles his feet quickly to wall off Arthur Brown, springs Barner loose in the open field
• Lets a defensive tackle get into his body and spin off the contact effectively, Marcus Mariota eludes what should have been a sack given up
• Shows athleticism getting out to the perimeter quickly on a quick screen and upends a defensive back with a cut block
• Gets the head-up defensive tackle turned and walls him off to the inside on a Mariota draw play
• Shows tremendous lateral quickness to cross the face of a defensive tackle a gap to his right on an outside zone
• Unable to lock up Arthur Brown after getting downfield to him but reroutes him enough to keep him off Barner up the middle

Oregon vs. Arizona State
• Starts the game at left tackle
• Leaves the defensive end on read option, pins the inside linebacker when he bites on the inside fake to Kenjon Barner and drives him from the play
• Keeps his eyes up on a combo block and disengages from the defensive end quickly when the linebacker run blitzes into the hole, roots the backer out of the hole driving his legs
• Gets on the outside shoulder of the defensive end when he steps down and just takes him where he wants to go, opens up a big hole for Barner to cut back into
• Whiffs on a goalline block of a safety coming forward, poor angle off the snap
• Struggling to lower his pads, not getting great movement in the running game as a result
• Consistently flashing strength in the upper body to deliver blows to rushers and run defenders alike
• Slow to redirect when the pass rusher engages him and then darts to the outside, can’t keep the defender from getting around the corner

Oregon vs. Stanford
• Starting at left guard
• Doesn’t locate Chase Thomas stunting over the top and stays engaged with the defensive tackle, gets bailed out from another lineman
• Gets ball-side of the defensive tackle on a sweep, could have worked farther up field when the tackle is in no position to make the play
• Gets upfield and puts an effective cut block on the outside linebacker pursuing from the backside
• Shows impressive mirror against a defensive tackle 1 v 1 for an extended period in pass protection as Mariota bounces around in the pocket
• Miscommunicates with the center, the two lets a defensive tackle run right through the A gap in pass protection
• Caught lunging and off balance when the defensive tackle stunts away from him and doesn’t have his feet ready for the incoming rusher, who blows by him
• Latches onto a defensive end and keeps him engaged working laterally on an outside zone, shows off impressive lateral quickness
• Pops Shayne Skov at the second level but his pads are too high and he stops his feet, unable to sustain the block
• Caught flat footed on an inside rip move, the tackle blows by him and chases Mariota from the pocket

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