NFL Network's Adam Schefter is reporting that the St. Louis Rams will select Virginia defensive end Chris Long with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Long is expected to help a defensive unit that gave up more points per game last season than any other team except the Detroit Lions.

Projected by many as the top pick, Chris Long found out this week that he wouldn't be the first player to stride to the podium to smile and hold up his new jersey. That honor will belong to Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, who has already signed with the Miami Dolphins.

"You know you're going to have to show up at training camp in about two weeks, maybe even less," Long told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I'm just looking forward to getting picked up. It doesn't matter who to me. I'm anxious to be on a team and part of an organization and start working towards something."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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