2008 #1 NFL Draft Pick:
Miami Dolphins -
Jake Long (OT, Michigan)
The 6’7, 313lbs out of the University of Michigan is just a monster of a man. Long has excellent size and strength, and should be a great one on one running blocker for the Dolphins. Long became the first Michigan athlete to become Offensive Linemen of the year for two straight years.
At Michigan, Jake started 40 games, including 30 at Left Tackle. Part of the reason Long did not play in every game in his career at Michigan, Long had to sit a few games due to an assortment of injuries such as a shoulder problem, and foot and ankle injuries. In his career Long had 245 knockdown blocks, which resulted in 33 touchdowns. Long only allowed three quarterback sacks and was only called for one penalty in his career.
Before his time in Michigan, Jake spent his high school football career playing, and dominating and East High School in Lapeer, Michigan. Long was named to the first team All State team become the first in East High’s history to achieve such a feat. During his three seasons as a starter, Long did not allow his quarterback to get sacked once. As a defensive tackle he made 213 tackles, and 11 sacks, also forcing 9 fumbles.
The only negative about Long is his lack of speed, and lack of quick feet. How do you expect a guy 313lbs do have quick feet? His footwork will improve throughout his career, but we are not worried about that now. He will get the job done, whatever it takes. Look for Long to really booster the Dolphins run game starting in 2008!
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