1. First round, 20th overall: Kyle Long, OL, Oregon
This pick probably shocked a lot of people, but the more and more I heard about Kyle Long leading up to the draft, the more I thought he would be a first round pick. I had him going 32nd overall to the Ravens, but from other reports, it doesn’t sound like he would have even made it that far if the Bears had passed on him at pick #20 overall. Long is a big, strong, athletic kid who can play guard or tackle, but will likely wind up starting for the Bears at left guard in 2012. He gives them a guy on the inside who is going to play with an edge, who can pull and give their offense a lot of versatility. The Bears like to run the ball, but they love passing the ball and with Jay Cutler and the weapons at his disposal, we could be looking at one of the most up-tempo offenses in the NFL this year. That will be nothing new for Long, who is coming from a program at Oregon that could score 50 points before halftime. I think he is a perfect fit for the Bears, who needed an upgrade on the offensive interior. Long provides that, for sure.