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Sleeper DE/OLB prospect

Posted by Chris Brown on April 24, 2009 – 3:45 pm

There are lots of sleeper picks that only the NFL scouts are aware of along with fans of the college team for which they play. One that I found interesting that a Bills fan alerted me too, plays at Michigan State.

Brandon Long who is a DE/OLB prospect opened some eyes at the Spartans pro day where at 6’3″ and 254 pounds he ran a 4.61 40-time, had a 37 1/2 inch vertical and pumped out 32 reps on the bench. He also demonstrated explosiveness with a respectable 10-yard dash time of 1.64.

His problem is he was a rotational player at Michigan State and doesn’t have a lot of tape. At best some scouts see him as a 6th round pick, but if someone gets enamored with is measurables he could go higher. These kinds of players are always a risk, because they’ve got the physical skills, but may not have the instincts or playing ability to go with it.

I think in Buffalo’s scheme he’d be a strong side linebacker.


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