Early Names Emerging as NFL Training Camp Stars By Tyson Langland NFC North: Kyle Long, OL, Chicago Bears Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports When the Chicago Bears drafted offensive guard Kyle Long in the first round of this year’s draft, there were more than a few people who called the pick a reach. Some felt Long was too inexperienced and raw to make an impact right away. Others questioned his work ethic because he flunked out of Florida State before he landed on his feet at Oregon. Long wasn’t going to let a couple of bad decisions from his past derail his pro career. He made sure to put in the necessary work during the offseason to ensure a strong showing in training camp. According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, Long has stood out physically during camp and is a man among boys. Pompei’s statement should surprise no one. Long has good size (6’6”, 313 lbs) and an even better bloodline. His dad, Howie, is in the Hall of Fame, and his brother, Chris, is a Pro Bowl-caliber defensive end for the St. Louis Rams. Not to mention he was an athletic hotshot at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.94-second 40-yard dash and posted a vertical jump of 28 inches. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called him one of his favorite players in the draft and said he should start immediately. If Long continues to churn out strong performances in training camp, he should have no problem opening the season as the Bears’ starting right guard.