April 25, 2013

Former Gaucho Kyle Long drafted by Bears in 1st round

Former Saddleback Gaucho Kyle Long was taken by the Chicago Bears in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday in New York.  Long played for Saddleback in 2010 and 2011 before transferring to the University of Oregon and playing for the Ducks.

Long was taken 20th overall, becoming the 3rd Gaucho drafted into the NFL in the past two years.   He played defensive end in 2010 for Saddleback, finishing with 16 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one sack, one forced fumble and a pass broken-up.  Long then made the move to offensive line during the off-season, starting every game at offensive tackle for the Gauchos in 2011.

While at Saddleback, Long garnered offers from Oregon, Arkansas, Florida State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and a number of others before deciding on the Ducks.  He was a 3-star recruit for the Gauchos and was rated the No. 2 junior college offensive tackle in the nation by JCGridiron.com for the class of 2012 and the No. 30 overall player by Rivals.com.  He eventually made the transition to guard at Oregon and started the final four games of the season despite not arriving in Eugene until after the spring semester.

Long had a great showing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February when he ran the third fastest time among offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (4.93).  He also ranked eighth in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.63 seconds and quickly shot up many recruiting boards.

Long is the son of former NFL Hall of Fame defensive lineman and current FOX analyst Howie Long.  His brother, Chris, was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams out of the University of Virginia.

Quick Facts

• Plays in the SCFA Southern League

• Has won three national championships

• Has played in an SCFA-record 13 straight bowl games

• Ranked nationally for seven straight seasons

• Has won 22 conference titles

• Is 347-135-7 in 46 seasons (.720 winning %)

• Had 17 players transfer to 4-year schools in 2014