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Howie Long: Kyle ‘wouldn’t have been there’ in 2nd round
If the Bears had traded down and tried to get Kyle Long in the second round, he would not have been there. So said an impeccable source, Kyle’s father Howie Long, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who also is still connected to the NFL as an analyst on Fox.
Speaking to the Chicago media at Halas Hall after his son’s introductory press conference Friday afternoon, Howie Long said he had inside information that other teams in the first round were interested in drafting Kyle.
”I knew when [Syracuse tackle Justin] Pugh came off the board as the fifth tackle and the two guards [Jonathan Cooper, Chance Warmack] were off the board,” Long said, ”I kind of felt like — and I won’t share the two or three teams that were picking after Chicago — but I felt like it was a really good opportuity that Kyle would go between 20-28, 29, without tipping my hand. But he would ahve been off the board … I’ve heard people say they should have traded down and got him in the second round. He wouldn’t have been there.”