Chris Long Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'4 - 280 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Chris Long, DE, Virginia
As we all know, Chris Long is Howie Long's son. It may be too early to compare the two, but Chris is unquestionably on the right path to follow in his father's footsteps. As a sophomore, Long led his defensive line in many major statistical categories and then carried that momentum into his junior season. Long's junior year was his breakout year in the ACC, compiling 57 tackles and 4 sacks. While Long did not boast huge sack totals, he was as stout a run stopper as anyone in the country. He has great balance, tremendous handwork, and extraordinary vision along the defensive line. Long decided to return for a senior year, which appears to have been a smart move. Long was publicized as one of the best prospects at his position heading into 2007, garnering Pre-Season All-America and Pre-Season All-ACC honors. The 6'4, 280 pounder started his season off masterfully and finished it with 14 sacks, earning him the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award. He ranked in the top 10 in nearly every defensive lineman category with the Cavaliers. Long was a coaches All-American Selection, made the All-ACC team and was awarded the Tom Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On top of all the hardware he brought home, Long had his number 91 jersey retired during his last home game as a Cavalier. The All-American's draft outlook looks fabulous. The 22 year old has the ability to play in any defensive scheme, but he would be an asset in a 3-4 scheme where his talents could be utilized better. Teams will see that Long was the Cavaliers' captain for his final two seasons and will take those leadership skills into consideration as well. As it is now, Long is definitely a top 5 prospect in this draft. 2/28 Update: It is hard to play yourself up when you are already considered a top five selection. But that is exactly what Chris Long did at the Combine. He participated in just about every event and did not disappoint. The numbers were good, but it was in the position drills where Long showed that he was easily the d-lineman that was most prepared to play in the NFL. 3/21 Update: At his Pro Day, Chris Long worked out as a linebacker. It was not to just show off what we all figured out at the Combine (that he should definitely be a top five pick), it was to show his versatility. In a 3-4 scheme like the Miami Dolphins', Long would be an outside linebacker. At the Combine it was all about being a defensive end and at the Pro Day it was about being a linebacker. No matter where a team wants to put him, Long can flat out play and there is not a scheme in the league that he has not proven that he can fit into. 4/11 Update: The Dolphins are leaning towards quarterback Matt Ryan, offensive tackle Jake Long or defensive end Chris Long. Of course, if Chris Long ended up in Miami with the first overall pick, he would be playing as a rush linebacker, not a defensive end. Miami might be wise to try and trade down a little bit, but according to reports, the Dolphins are not planning on trading the first overall pick. That might be bad news for Chris Long since the Dolphins could be leaning towards the franchise quarterback and the offensive line is certainly a greater need than the defensive line. If not Miami, Chris Long should not have to wait long as the St. Louis Rams could certainly use him with the second overall selection.
Last Updated Apr-11-2008 by Joel Welser
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