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.
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.