Originally Posted by Drek
You do realize that in a 3-4 Long is more an OLB than a DE, right?
He's only strictly a DE in a 4-3 front, and it goes directly against his strengths. Guy should be in a 3-4. Here in St. Louis the beat writers frequently reference how Long was only selected because Shaw and/or Zygmunt (guys running the team then) were tied to his agent and knew they were on the way out of town at the end of the year.
He was a horrible selection at #2 for a 4-3 team. The Rams should have taken Matt Ryan and Long would have fallen to #6 and been taken by the Jets over Vernon Gholston.
I saw some scouting reports suggesting Long would be best as a 3-4 end around the time the combine he was in
he would of been more of a hybrid player I think anyways
but my point is that had Chris Long come out this year he likely wouldnt have gone in the top 3 and if you were to draft a player for a 3-4 defense I am not sure he would be a better choice than Watt