The rebuilding of the St.Louis Rams will start with Virginia defensive end Chris Long. As expected, Long was picked by the Rams with the 2nd overall pick in Saturday’s NFL Draft in New York. Hugging his father, former Raider and Hall of Famer Howie Long, Chris took the stage in New York holding the Rams jersey with a big smile. We’ll see if he can give the Rams smiles for the next 10-12 years.
Here is a scouting report on Long from NFLdraftcountdown.com
Has good size and bulk…Very active and has an unparalleled motor…Hard worker and team leader with top-notch intangibles…Strong, tough and powerful…Sheds blocks well…Outstanding hand use…Does a terrific job versus the run…Technically sound and understands leverage…Great in pursuit and has a burst to close…Real smart with good instincts and awareness…Versatile and could play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme..Durable…Has a lot of experience..Had a fantastic senior campaign.
Doesn’t have great timed speed or quickness…May not have a lot of upside…Not a great natural pass rusher…Isn’t going to strike fear into the hearts of opposing offensive tackles off the edge…Was not overly productive prior to his senior year.
Father, Howie, was an All-American defensive end at Villanova and enjoyed a 13 season Hall of Fame career with the Oakland Raiders where he made 7 Pro Bowl appearances, won a Super Bowl ring, and was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year twice…Younger brother, Kyle, is a standout baseball player…Chris won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end in 2007…Played in a 3-4 defense in college and that might be his best fit at the next level…May never be an “elite” NFL defensive end but he should be a very good player for a long time.