The Nebraska Cornhusker pipeline just produced another Washington Redskin.
With the 78th-pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the franchise selected offensive guard Spencer Long. Long played alongside Roy Helu Jr. and Niles Paul in Lincoln. Now, thousands of miles from the land grant university, he’ll be linking up with them once again.
To help you get a little more acquainted with him before he starts ensuring Helu Jr. and Alfred Morris have clear running room and Robert Griffin III has the necessary time to throw the pigskin around to a loaded arsenal, here’s some expert analysis:
Very solidly built with a good frame. Good leg drive — can create a push in the run game and position-sustain. Solid in pass protection — good anchor, shadow and mirror. Good base and balance — controls and steers defenders. Flashes some nastiness. Intense, competitive battler. Smart and instinctive. Lunchpail worker will do a lot of extras and is very ambitious and driven to succeed. Excellent weight-room strength — can squat a small house. Good versatility — has played inside and outside. Very tough and played much of final two seasons through knee injuries. Possessed the biggest hands of any offensive lineman at the combine.
Senior Spencer Long had his 2013 season cut short after suffering a knee injury at Purdue in mid-October. Long underwent subsequent surgery and was lost for the season, the first in a string of crippling injuries for the Nebraska offensive line. Despite missing half of the season, the senior captain has continued to make a mark on the Husker program. Long has continued to provide leadership to his fellow offensive linemen, while making his mark off the field.Long earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors to help continue the Huskers’ tradition of academic success.
Also, his honors section on Nebraska’s official athletics site is impressive to say the least: CHIME IN: What are your thoughts of the Redskins first three selections in the 2014 NFL Draft? Let us know below.
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