Will Long go to T?

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  1. MPbears68

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    Last summer I argued that Long was picked way higher than expected in part because he could play any position on the OL except C. His athleticism and body style scream T. And generally Ts are harder to come by and more valuable than Gs. I remain convinced that he will eventually be moved to T in his career when the need arises.

    I'm not saying now. As long as Kromer is here, we all know he's a contrarian on this and values the interior more highly than most. And there's no need. I could see Long replacing Bushrod in a couple years though. Quality LTs are definitely hard to come by.
     
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    I think Kromer is leading the charge in valuing guards over tackles because the interior is now where the pressure comes from in today's NFL. There's just not enough time from when the ball comes out of the QB's hands for an end to get there. I've been wanting quality guards for years for this team, and I've felt we have lacked a true LG since the days of Reuben Brown.

    We could see Long moved to T after Kromer moves on and Bushrod's play falls off. If Bushrod holds up, it might be awhile before that move happens. I think Long would make one hell of a LG. He moves well in space.
     
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    I'm with ya' about Long. He was surprise pick to us but based on what Emery said about why he took him all of it has come to pass. This was his very best pick yet. Let's hope that momentum continues. We need it.
     
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    He will be a dominant G for years to come, so why not just draft a LT when the time comes to replace Bushrod? I would rather keep a dominant player where they are dominant, instead of tinkering in the hope that they can be dominant at another. With Slauson and Long, we have two very good young Gs. Let's keep it that way, and maybe in 2-3 years we draft a LT.
     
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    Yep, I agree completely with highlighted. If it ain't broke dont fix it. We get very hung up on pass pro when it comes to Ol play. As a run blocker Long is beyond valuable in his athletic ability to pull, get out in space, and land good blocks on smaller shiftier players. Great on G lead plays that we seem like running he can get up and in the hole and provide a real mismatch for a LB tasked with trying to plug that hole. A ton of our rushing success came from him creating good movement, executing great combo blocks to 2nd level, and pulling to lead thru a hole. Your tackles just dont do that stuff very much and while I understand the temptation to move him to LT, we may be best served to get a high quality guy in the future that can learn for a few years and develop.
     
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    Just out of curiosity does anyone know what the PFF stats comparing the O linemen picked before Long are compared to him? So my question I guess is was he the best out of that draft class? I really didn't pay much attention to the others during last season.
     
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    To add to this: It's much easier for a TE to chip a DE than a FB to stop a blitzing linebacker or DT that is going full speed.
     
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    Heck do we even have someone to replace him at guard if they did move him.
     
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    No, not at this point JJ. But that was one of the reasons I asked the question. A really good G is easier to get in the draft than a really good LT. You need to be in the top 10 or maybe even top 5 it seems to get a top flight T. Hopefully, we won;t be drafting that high any time soon, so sliding him to T at some point and drafting a G high (or as high a pick as we have - maybe low 1st round) might be the way we have to go. People don't give up their top LT at the top of their game.
     
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    Before we shuffle the O-line it needs to be figured out who the center of the future is going to be and insert perhaps a bit more depth. Personally, I'd like to see Long stay at G as it's fun to watch him pull on a run block.
     

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