Bears take Oregon’s Long with 20th pick

Kyle Long, Chip Kelly
Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long, left, interviews head coach Chip Kelly during media day for the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oregon is scheduled to play Kansas State on Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Kyle Long

Oregon’s Kyle Long (74) blocks Kansas State defender during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have selected Oregon guard Kyle Long with the 20th pick in the NFL draft.

Long becomes the second University of Oregon football player to be picked up in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ducks’ outside linebacker Dion Jordan was picked up by the Miami Dolphins.

There were a number of ways the Bears could have gone given their needs for depth and youth on both sides of the ball. They were also interested in moving down and acquiring more picks since they had just five.

Some mock drafts had the Bears going with linebackers Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, along with Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert. All three were on the board.

Instead, they decided to add to an offensive line that has ranked among the worst in recent years.

Long is the son of former Raiders star Howie Long and the brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long.

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