Despite all evidence otherwise, it seems people are convinced the New York Giants will address the offensive line position early in the draft (and I'm in the camp of that it has to happen eventually, right?). That's why we're going to make sure to hit a few more offensive line prospects between now and the draft. Today we use our 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile to look at one who played out in Oregon, but who is also the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother to Rams defensive end Chris Long.
Long is long and has good size (6-foot-6, 313 pounds) with huge hands (11 inches) and solid arm length (33.5 inches, especially for a guard). He is a measurables guy (4.94 40-yard dash) and has good blood lines. Long plays with a good demeanor and is very flexible. He's at his best when he's on the move and if he plays guard could be an excellent pulling guard.
He has the "character concerns" label and is a little older prospect. He hasn't been playing football for all that long and it shows in his technique he gets grabby. Long ends up on the ground far too much and doesn't play with consistently good pad leverage. He plays with pretty good functional strength in his upper body, but can't always maintain the drive. He didn't play well at tackle at Oregon which makes him worrisome there in the NFL. Right now, Long is an upside player. He has the height/weight/speed and plays to the whistle, but he will have to learn how to play.
Player comparison: Branden Albert (NFL.com)
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Sure, though just a gut feeling is that he comes off the board before the Giants are willing to select him.
Big Board Rankings
National Football Post-181st
Big Blue View Board-67th (on upside - I would say more day three tape, and he'll be lower on my final big board -- which is coming soon)
Long is a raw offensive linemen with good bloodlines who could develop into a very good guard or offensive linemen and could be an appealing player. I think he's a year or two away and in some ways is like a Sebastian Vollmer type, though Vollmer was more athletic, he profiles also similar to a Jarriel King in terms of his measurables. Long has upside, but I think he's an NFL guard and he could become a good one, but he's a third round value player for me, but I like other options more if we're talking about what he is now.
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