2008 #2 NFL Draft Pick:
St. Louis Rams -
Chris Long (DE, Virginia)
Chris Long, 6'4, 280lbs from the University of Virginia is noted as the most NFL ready defender in the draft. This was a very safe, solid draft for St. Louis. For being such a big man, Long has good speed, and is great off the snap.
Long started a total of 37 games at the University of Virginia during his career. During the 2007 season Chris put up lofty numbers, such as 14 sacks, 23 pressures, 9 pass break-ups and one interception. He also caused two fumbles, both leading the touchdowns for the offense. For his career he recorded 187 tackles, 70 quarterback pressures, forced three fumbles, 17 pass deflections, and had an interception, he returned for a touchdown. His 21 career sacks ties him for seventh all time in University of Virginia history. During Chris' freshman year he was forced to miss six games due to a bout with mononucleosis.
Chris is the son of NFL Hall of Famer, Howie Long. He played his high school football at St. Anne- Belfield School, where he played both offensively and defensively for a squad that won the state championship. During his senior season, Chris registered 91 tackles, and 72 pancake blocks on the offensive side. During his high school career Long also played baseball, lacrosse and basketball, become the 2003 slam dunk champion at the YMCA for high school students.
Some are discussing moving him to linebacker; we think that would be a poor decision due to how advanced he already appears to be at the defensive end position. Only time will tell how well Chris Long pans out. If his father is any indication we look for Long to have an excellent career!
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