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  • 2019 Draft: With 79th pick, Rams select DAVID LONG, CB, MICHIGAN

    #4 corner on my Rams big board at the time of this pick; Long had a Top 30 visit with the Rams during the lead up process.


  • #2
    Pro Football Focus
    @PFF

    New Rams CB David Long holds the draft class' lowest reception rate, by a long shot, allowing a reception on just 29.0% of his targets last season. #NFLDraft

    10:18 PM - 26 Apr 2019

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      Player Bio
      The Wolverines grabbed Long out of Los Angeles as a four-star and top-100 national recruit from Loyola High School. While Long played cornerback and was an outstanding receiver in high school, he suited up at corner for Michigan in four games as a true freshman in 2016 (no tackles). He had more of an impact on defense as a sophomore, posting 21 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, and six pass breakups in 13 starts. Long broke up eight passes in 13 games (all starts) in 2018, also making 17 tackles and intercepting one pass, to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors.

      Analysis
      By Lance Zierlein
      NFL Analyst

      Draft Projection: Round 3

      NFL Comparison: J.C. Jackson


      Overview
      Death, taxes and David Long sitting under a receiver's chin waiting to jam and bully the release - all three are inevitable. He lacks height, length and makeup burst, but it is hard to find tape where those areas came back to haunt him very often. He's patient from press, stays connected to routes underneath, but may have to adjust to off-man and prove he can withstand vertical challenges against taller targets. He's not as long, loose or fast as teams like, but he's a consistent cover man with the talent to find reps early in his career.

      Strengths
      Weather-tested
      Quarterbacks rarely tried him and rarely completed those attempts
      Compact and physical
      Plays with cozy coverage in receiver's chest underneath
      Strength and footwork to grind through the release
      Plays with excellent focus on the route
      Has speed to pace hip-to-hip downfield
      Parks under opponent's chin from press
      Patiently waits out release fakes
      Rarely gets over-extended and out of balance
      Quick interchange of routes from short zone
      Tenacious competitor in all phases

      Weaknesses
      Short for an outside cornerback
      May need time to adjust if moved to slot
      Can be stacked by big bodies
      Lacks length to play around opponents and into passing lane
      Doesn't have big makeup burst to chase
      Could struggle to handle downfield jump balls
      Shorter target to throw over in Cover-2
      Not much tape to gauge ability to survive outside of press
      Teams may view him as scheme-dependent

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      • #4
        Shane P. Hallam
        @ShanePHallam

        CB David Long is a good physical press guy at the LOS. He threw receivers off routes often so QBs couldn’t pass that way. Great at reading routes and rarely out of position. He is short and struggles to attack the ball sometimes. Should fit the #Rams though, so it works

        10:21 PM - 26 Apr 2019

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            I like his vision for the plays and he is a hometown kid.
            "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

            Jack Youngblood

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