NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, father of Chicago Bears first-round pick Kyle Long, says…
Emery reaches in the first round … again
In the NFL, the best offensive tackles, particularly left tackles, have long arms. Those longs branches allow edge blockers to keep defenders at a distance when pass protecting out on an island. It's that type of "reach" that helps left tackles be effective at the pro level. If Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery was a football player, he'd be a left tackle, because no GM in the league, save Buffalo's Buddy Nix, reaches farther in the first round. With the selection of former Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long during Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft, Emery has, for the second season in a row, selected a player that many assumed would be available in the second round. But don't tell Emery that. "Kyle was the player that we targeted," Emery said after the selection. "We've targeted him for the last couple of weeks. He had to be gone for us to [trade] back. We were not going to move off that spot (20th overall) if Kyle Long was still available." Offensive linemen dominated the first round of...
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