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Howie has another pro ready son in the pipeline
Prospect name: Kyle Long
Height/Weight: 6'6 311
School/Class: Oregon, Senior
Senior Bowl stock: UP
Projected Round: 2-3
Long is very athletic for a guy his size. He also has impressive bloodlines as Hall of Fame DE Howie's son and Pro Bowl DE Chris' brother. He originally started out as a defensive end like his father and brother but moved to offensive tackle. Howie and Chris both say that Kyle is best athlete in the family. As a testament to his athletic ability, he signed with Florida State on a baseball scholarship and was also recruited by the Seminoles football staff. He also has the proper size to either be a guard or tackle at the next level but might be better suited at guard. Very coachable. Excels in both run and pass blocking as a technician similar to Jahri Evans not a straight mauler like a Chance Warmack. Long is well built with very little body fat. He has great stamina as most Oregon players do being trained in their fast paced offense.
He is very raw in his development as he's only played 1 year of major college football after transferring from Saddleback Junior College. Long was moved out to guard after struggling at tackle for the Ducks. The Senior Bowl reflected this change when he was a better guard than tackle but he could play the position in a pinch if necessary. The reasons why he left Florida State were typical of any college freshman, chemical dependencies, parties, and academic struggles. He's since then owned up to those issues and bettered himself as a player and person so that's a very positive sign of his character.
Would I draft him if I was Ruston Webster in the second round? Yes I would. The Titans interior offensive line's issues are well documented and it wouldn't hurt to have a Stewart/Roos heir apparent ready just in case. Long would come in immediately and help contribute as a backup to Steve Hutchinson and emergency swing tackle. He can sit and learn from one of the best of this generation. Not to mention the coaching he'd receive from two of the best in Munchak and Matthews. What's not to love?