David Long Jersey

Aqib Talib is in the perfect position to be a mentor to David Long entering his first season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Due to all of the uncertainty surrounding the cornerback position beyond the 2019 season with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, the Los Angeles Rams were expected to look at the cornerback position during the 2019 NFL Draft, which they did with David Long in the third round.

Thanks to impressive career at Michigan, the Rams hope to see Long eventually develop into a reliable starter on the defensive side of the football, but for now it looks like the rookie just needs to be a little extra patient.

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The good news for Los Angeles is when it comes to Long, the rookie will most likely be understandable if he doesn’t see as much action as he would prefer since this move should be about the long run.West Virginia linebacker David Long was a productive player in college, and he hopes to do the same in the NFL – with the Titans.He figures being coached by former NFL linebacker and current head coach Mike Vrabel will help.

“Being able to be coached by Mike Vrabel,” Long said, “that’s a great thing to be a part of. I got to know more about him during the Senior Bowl because I had a formal (interview) with the Titans, and to see the way he looks at film, he is really straightforward and is the type of coach who is going to look to make you better, and that’s what I look forward to.”

Long (5-11, 223) played in 34 career games with 31 starts with the Mountaineers, including 12 starts in 2018.David Long has been named president of Santa Rosa-based Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers, succeeding John “Jack” Locey.

David Long grew up in Los Angeles. He emerged as a 4-star prospect at Loyola High School before a three-year stint with Michigan football.

Now, Long is heading back to Los Angeles. He’ll play for the Rams, who drafted him in the third round with the 79th pick of the NFL draft.

It’s a homecoming for the 5-foot-11, 196-pound cornerback, who will join a team that made a run to the Super Bowl this past season.“It feels great,” Long said in a conference call with reporters on Friday night. “It’s a blessing. I went to school in Los Angeles, so to be able to really come back and play at home, it’s a blessing.

“Just to be able to come back home, play football and get another opportunity to play. I’m just really happy and grateful for the coaches and staff for believing in my talent and I’m really just ready to get to work.”

Long is a 25-year firm veteran and has been a senior principal since 2002. In addition to his leadership role, David is involved in engineering services to public and private sector clients in the water, wastewater and recycled water arenas; winery and vineyard site development; and winery wastewater treatment systems.

West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker David Long Jr’s decision to forego his senior year in Morgantown paid off this evening when the Tennessee Titans selected Long with the 15th pick in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft (No. 188 overall).

The 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year declared for the Draft on December 30th, after weighing his options. The biggest knock on Long from NFL scouts was his height, and another season in college wasn’t going to change that.

Long racked up 111 total tackles (19 TFL) as a junior for the Mountaineers, closing out his three year collegiate career with 250 total tackles, 40 TFL and 1 forced fumble.The Smoking Musket will have additional analysis of Long’s NFL destination, as well as other Mountaineers to be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft as the weekend continues.

Darrell Henderson Jersey

For the last four years, the Los Angeles Rams offense has essentially gone through Todd Gurley. Since he came into the league in 2015, he has 1,229 touches, which is 150 more than any other player in the NFL.

That trend is bound to change next season with Darrell Henderson joining the backfield. The Rams moved up 24 spots to select Henderson 70th overall on Friday night in the draft, bringing an explosive weapon to Los Angeles.

Not only did he celebrate his 36th birthday last week, the former Tigers running back held his third annual charity cornhole tournament on Tiger Lane Saturday. He spent the night with the Memphis 901 FC, smashing the guitar in the team’s pregame tradition.

But the 11-year NFL veteran was most proud to welcome two former Tigers to the league in Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard, who were drafted this weekend.

The Rams’ flurry of early trades continued at No. 70, where the defending NFC Champs swapped their No. 94 and No. 99 picks for Tampa Bay’s early third round position.

The club added a running back to its roster in former Memphis standout Darrell Henderson with the pick. Henderson became the first unanimous All-American in school history following his final season at Memphis. The young running back finished his college career taking 431 carries for 3,545 yards 36 touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. He grabbed eight touchdowns 38 games played for the Tigers.

“I’m just going to go there and do what I’m supposed to do and work hard,” Henderson said on Friday night. “It’s always good to have somebody to learn from, so I’m going to learn from [RB] Todd Gurley, make sure that I’m doing my job…”

Henderson will join Gurley, and a running backs room crowded with Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis, and last year’s running back draftee John Kelly in his first season as a pro.

Nine names later, the Rams further addressed the secondary, taking cornerback David Long out of the University of Michigan.

The club’s No. 79 draft pick earned First Team All-Big Ten honors following his junior season. Long boasts three interceptions, 17 passes defensed, two tackles for loss, and 38 tackles in two full seasons in a starting role.

The former Wolverine will have the unique chance to play alongside a couple of veteran All-Pros in corners Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.

“[There’s] a lot of experience to be able to pick up from those guys and just do whatever they’ve been doing to stay in the league,” Long said. “A lot of those guys have successful careers, Aqib Talib has played a really long time, lengthy career, so he knows what it takes. And Marcus Peters and [CB Nickell Robey-Coleman], those guys have made plays at that level.”

Long joins the Rams’ No. 61-overall selection, safety Taylor Rapp to become the first pair of defensive backs drafted by the Rams since the 2014 season.

Darrell Henderson had no problem evading and running away from tacklers, so it’s no surprise the former Memphis running back is doing the same with NFL Draft chatter.

“I try to tone all of that out. I’m hearing different things but nobody ever knows but me, my agent and the GMs in the NFL,” Henderson said. “I just let them talk and I stay on my path.”

Henderson is expected to continue the streak of at least one Memphis player drafted since 2014. Former backfield mate Tony Pollard is also expected to be taken, which would give the Tigers multiple draft picks in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993-94

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Henderson ranked the No. 84 prospect in the draft while The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has him ranked at No. 80. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller called Henderson the best big-play threat back in the 2019 class and the sixth-best running back in the draft.

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay expect Henderson to go in the third round and agreed that Henderson’s speed and versatility make him valuable in the NFL as a complementary running back.

Taylor Rapp Jersey

With the 61st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Washington safety Taylor Rapp.

Rapp isn’t a stellar athlete as a strong safety, but he offers a lot of value in run support. He is one of the best tackling defensive backs in this year’s class, as he has the strength in his frame to consistently bring down ball carriers. He also takes good pursuit angles to ball carriers, and he has good instincts as a tackler.

Though not incredibly rangy, he has solid hip fluidity when covering tight ends and some running backs.

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The Rams have a lot of talent on their roster, and they added even more of it by selecting Rapp. He is a hard-hitting safety who will boost their secondary.

After trading away their first-round, and a pair of second-round picks, the Rams have their first and 2019 draft selection in former University Washington safety Taylor Rapp.

Rapp, the No. 61 pick of the NFL draft and first safety drafted by the Rams since John Johnson III in 2017, stands 5-foot-11, 208 pounds, and is a two-time First Team All-Pac 12 player, and earned First Team All-American honors in his final season as a Huskie. As a Junior in 2018, Rapp started in all 13 games and logged seven interceptions, 14 passes defensed, 7.0 sacks, plus a pair of forced fumbles.

“I’ve dreamed of this moment my whole life, ever since I could walk — an unbelievable moment that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Rapp told the Los Angeles media minutes after his name was called. “I get to come in under obviously Eric Weddle — a vet — and John Johnson, he’s an incredible player. To come in and learn under them, it’s an incredible opportunity and the perfect scenario for me. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Rapp will join the Rams’ decorated secondary with a few contracts set to expire over the next couple of seasons. Both corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib hold deals that will be up after the 2019 campaign. Weddle is set for two years alongside Rapp, with a contract set to expire after the 2020 season.

Thanks to Hyundai’s Rolling with the Rookies, I got a chance to sit down with the number one safety in the 2019 NFL Draft, Washington football’s very own Taylor Rapp!

Rapp started right away as a true freshman, and to get both players on the field, the Washington football coaching staff moved top recruit and future second-round draft pick Budda Baker down to the nickel in order to get them both on the field. Rapp said it was “a better play out of talents to get Budda in the nickel” and himself over the top.

Rapp has proven himself to have a high football IQ since he got to Washington, which is one of the many reasons he should be a first-round pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft. “I didn’t expect to play as a true freshman… I enrolled early… came in, and that’s what separated me. I was able to learn the whole defense very fast, and I was willing to do whatever it took to get on the field,” said Rapp when he was asked about what separated him from the pack and why he was able to get on the field so early with all the other NFL talent around him.
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He gave a lot of credit to defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, “I can’t say enough great things about him as a coach and a person. I have so much respect for him and we have an incredible relationship… he eventually got me to pull the trigger to go to UW, and ever since I arrived on campus, I tried to be a sponge and soak in everything I could from him… I didn’t know how special he was until my three years played out. I think he’s honestly the best developer of college football players and young men in the entire country.” Rapp is a prime example of that, and he’s the perfect model of the type of player any NFL team looks for.

When asked about the future of the defensive backs room, he had tons of praise for the future of the program. “At a lot of other colleges, they’d be playing and starting, but in our DB room we want to have guys come in and compete for a job, and not just get a starting job right away… the sky is the limit for all those guys.”

The biggest thing for Rapp was the opportunity that Washington gave him as a three-star recruit coming out of high school. After struggling through being overlooked, Rapp took advantage of his opportunity, being named as the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2016. Rapp was also a Freshman All-American, a two-time All Pac-12 first team member, two-time All-Academic Pac-12 First Team member, and 2018 consensus All-American. Rapp’s biggest support system through it all though is his family, “It means a lot, I always grew up wanting to play at the next level… for me to be in this position, I’m incredibly grateful and blessed, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family, my older brother, my support system. I thank them incredibly for what they’ve done and what they’ve established for me as a foundation… I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Once he got to Washington, he developed a relationship with Budda Baker, his roommate. Baker immediately took Rapp under his wing and “he showed me his ways and his leadership style. I was always asking him questions, and whenever I had questions or concerns I knew I could come to him… We’d watch film all night the night before we played, we had a great connection… it was a special relationship that we had.”