With the 78th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins selected Spencer Long guard Nebraska. The common view on the Nebraska remains up in the air and the usage of Long will rely heavily upon head coach Jay Gruden. Some anticipate long as a long time starter at center while Washington will most likely utilize the as an offensive guard.
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Strengths: Long is an exceptionally built offensive guard and has shown great versatility being able to play other positions along the line as well. Also, the Nebraska product has a strong passion for the game of football and will use his intellect to compensate for his flaws. Finally, Long has great leadership skills and earned Academic All America honors.
Weaknesses: After tearing several ligaments in his knee, Long missed most of the 2013 season which caused his stock to severely drop. Although the Redskins reached a bit for Long, they feel he has recovered fully and is player that can be a longtime starter in the NFL. Whether Long is fully recovered remains up in the air and will most likely determine Long’s success at the Professional level.
Bottom Line: The usage of a third round pick on Long was a very questionable move but could make Jay Gruden look very intelligent down the line. Grade= C