Here's hoping that Chris Long's move to LDE puts him over the top for the Rams. However, did anyone else notice Derrick Harvey's 49(!) QBPs? WOW!!...Just sayin'...
WHAT SAY YE?
OJ wasn't the best last year.
Looking back at the 2008 draft, it's clear the Chris Long was one of the most logical picks we made.
We had a hole at DE, and so we drafted Long. And I'm glad we did. What if we drafted a DE in Round 2? Who would we have gotten? Calais Campbell? Quentin Groves?
Also, there were really no playmakers that we could pick with the #2 overall that would not have been a reach.
Darren McFadden? Look how he turned out.
Johnathan Stewart or Felix Jones? Would have been a huge reach.
I mean, looking back, I think I would rather had us draft Ryan Clady, knowing how good he turned out, but it doesn't work that way. I'm glad we drafted Long, because if we drafted a playmaker instead, we would have 2 holes at DE right now.
I'm going to be honest here. I feel that Long should have better production. I know that he contributes on almost every single play, and that is great. But, even 2nd-3rd round picks can do that. Hell, they might not be playmakers and make stand-out plays, but they have a hand in how the play develops.
While Long does do that, I expected a bit more from him. But, I do understand that he had to transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme coming out of college, and that he had to again adjust to Spag's scheme last year.
I think that this year he will be a lot more productive.
I'm not convinced.
Chris Long reminds me of Justin Smith.. he will be an 8 sack type of guy at best.. which is pretty solid.
If we ever find the talent to create a consistent push up the middle on passing downs, Long should get his fair share of sacks. As long as opposing Qbs have the option of stepping up into the pocket when feeling pressure coming from the corner, sacks will be a lot harder to come by ..
Collapse that pocket and you'll see a Chris Long with 10+ sacks yearly methinks. Didn't he get 5 sacks in as many games last year late in the season?
Was Chris Long a LE in college? I forget.
This is an area where Suh would have helped immensely.