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    Pass-rushers usually take some time to develop

    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Saturday, May. 10 2008

    Chris Long, the Rams' No. 1 draft choice, has the necessary skill and attitude
    to be a top defensive end in the NFL. But how soon can he develop into a feared
    pass rusher?

    History shows us that it usually takes time for even the most talented DEs to
    get to the quarterback on a frequent basis.

    Mario Williams, drafted No. 1 overall by Houston in 2006, had 4.5 sacks as a
    rookie, and 14 in his second season. In 2007, the defensive ends picked in the
    first round combined for only 10 sacks. In 2005, the three first-round DEs
    produced 13.5 sacks combined. In 2004, three first-rounders at DE had 16 sacks
    among them.

    There are exceptions, of course. In 2005 Chicago received 12 sacks from rookie
    defensive end Mark Anderson, and he wasn't picked until the fifth round. In
    2002, early first-rounders Julius Peppers (Carolina) and Dwight Freeney
    (Indianapolis) made immediate impact with the rush, with 12 and 11 sacks,
    respectively.

    Long is often compared (fairly or not) to Seattle's Patrick Kerney. Kerney had
    five sacks over his first two seasons, then erupted for 12 in his third year.

    The expectations for Long are high. He was the second overall pick, and the
    Rams were overjoyed to get him. But how soon will he crank up the pass rush?
    That's a big question.


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    Re: Pass-rushers usually take some time to develop

    The expectations for Long are high. He was the second overall pick, and the
    Rams were overjoyed to get him. But how soon will he crank up the pass rush?
    That's a big question.
    I say he needs to get used to the speed and agility of NFL players so probably not until week 2, Wraith. >8)
    RnD

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    Re: Pass-rushers usually take some time to develop

    week 2?? He better be ready and an impact week 1!

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