David Long

West Virginia
LB

Prospect Info

College
West Virginia
Hometown
Class
Cincinnati, OH
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
227 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.47
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tennessee
Titans
Round 6 ‧ Pick 16
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Mountaineer coaches wooed Long out of Ohio, where he was a honorable mention all-state pick his senior season (110 tackles, 16 for loss, three sacks). Long showed up strong in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami his redshirt freshman year, making 11 tackles. A preseason knee injury kept Long out of the first four games of the 2017 season, but he won the team's Defensive Player of the Year award and became an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick based on his play in starts at the Will linebacker spot the final nine weeks (76 tackles, team-high 16.5 for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups). Long was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team AP All-American as a redshirt junior, starting all 12 games and leading the Mountaineers with 111 tackles, 19 for loss, and eight sacks. He also broke up four passes and forced one fumble during the year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Jatavis Brown
Overview
Ultra-productive but undersized, teams will have to decipher how much of his production is translatable and how much came from his brazen, downhill approach. Long plays with a "scared money don't make money" approach that hit jackpots but pulled him out of position more than NFL coaches will be comfortable, with, but teams would rather dial back aggression than try and coach it up. He plays with some twitch, but his lack of size and strength could push him into a role as a backup 4-3 WILL with eventual starter potential in the right scheme.
Strengths
  • Small but compact with good musculation
  • Instant recognition of play direction
  • Downhill charge is decisive, fast and disruptive
  • 26 percent of his solo tackles were for losses over last two years
  • Plays with plus burst to close
  • Doesn't need to tap brakes to change direction downhill
  • Unique talent to defeat wash down blocks with bend and agility
  • Shows ability to squeeze through gaps once he's there
  • Above average base strength
  • Hunts with success as blitzer
  • Yanks and sheds blocks with explosive upper body
  • Tracks and swallows quarterbacks once he's in the pocket
Weaknesses
  • Lacks size and length teams want at linebacker
  • Play can be wild and lacking discipline
  • Hair trigger downhill shots prevent proper reads/diagnosis
  • Size can cover him up if he's not diligent with hands
  • Takes suspect angles to the football
  • Tape is full of missed tackles
  • Frenetic pace derails patience/balance needed to tackle
  • Can be exploited by play-action and RPOs
  • Inconsistent drop depth opens easy windows over him
  • Below-average awareness of route development
Sources Tell Us

"Personally, I would rather have David Long over Devin Bush for a round or two discount. They have about the same size but Long is more productive and maybe less prone to injury." -- NFC executive

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league