With the 20th overall pick, the Bears took Kyle Long, the guard from Oregon.
Long doesn’t have the experience that other players do, he only started 11 games for Oregon after playing baseball in Florida. But he comes from a football background (see: HOF’er Howie Long’s son), can offer some sort of improvement to the OL, and I’ve personally seen a few scout reports argue he is the one of the most athletic IOL in the draft. Also, he is not Manti Te’o so that is another really good thing.
Counter argument? He very well may have been available in the second round. And he is not a stand out player.
Also, people are already bringing up his substance/rehab issues that have happened in the past. I say leave them in the past. He was a kid. He has been clean and behaving for a few years now. Let’s see what the kid can do for us before we throw him under the bus.
I trust Emery enough to know that he is analyzing our needs and picking accordingly. He hasn’t done much to steer us wrong (everyone, everywhere knock on wood right now). Not a super attractive pick, but it could have been a LOT worse.