BIO: Two-year starter who also saw action with the first unit as a sophomore. Posted 58/8/2 as a senior.
POSITIVES: Collegiate defensive end who projects to rush linebacker at the next level. Fluid athlete who makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage, can change direction or immediately alter his angle of attack. Pursues from the backside with speed, breaks down well and rarely off his feet. Immediately locates the ball or action, tenacious, and plays very hard working to make the tackle. Possesses good first-step quickness, displays a large degree of suddenness to his game, as well as lateral speed. Effectively uses hand technique to stay off blocks and wraps up tackling.
NEGATIVES: Undersized coming out of a three-point stance and driven off the line or controlled at the point by a single blocker. Marginally productive on the college level.
ANALYSIS: A prospect with solid size/speed numbers, Long is a high-motor defender who keeps coming. Plagued with nagging injuries in the past, he would be best in a 34 defense where he can stand up over tackle and not take the punishment of a down lineman.